Iceland has launched a new beer spa at Bjórböðin, located on the north coast of the island. The new beer spa (which is a Beerspa & Restaurant) offers spa treatments in Kambala wood hot tubs filled with beer, water, hops and yeast. I’m told that each of the tubs comes with its own beer tap with ales provided by the associated Bruggsmiðjan microbrewery.
As it’s International Beer Day today (4th August) I thought it was the perfect time to post this story.
Beer spas seem to be growing in number. There are a number in Prague and the Czech Republic and a few spas in the UK tried to jump on the trend by launching beer-lite spa treatments. These were ‘inspired’ by brewing and hops. you didn’t actually soak int eh beer though – but could enjoy a pint before or afterwards.
The new beer spa on the block is called Bjórböðin, and is located on the northern tip of Iceland in the village of Árskógssandur. Guests can take a relaxing soak in giant tubs of beer, which is said to be great for skin and overall health (so say the experts at the spa itself).
The website says: “Beer bath, where you bathe in both young beer and live beer yeast, without showering it of until some hours later, has an extremely powerful effect on the body and skin. This treatment is both cleansing for the skin and has a very positive effect on health.”
The spa houses seven indoor beer tubs warmed to 100F that can be enjoyed alone or with a friend, as well as two outdoor tubs for larger parties. Every tub is equipped with a nearby tap of Kaldi beer available for all guests (over the legal ages of course) to enjoy. Anyone of any age can soak in the tub, anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
After soaking in the tub for 25 minutes, guests are sent to a relaxation room for 25 minutes to let the ingredients soak in, though the spa recommends waiting several hours before showering to get the full effect. I’m not sure I would remain beer soaked for several hours. I guess it’s pretty potent. The spa also features a restaurant serving up a variety of local dishes, as well as, you guessed it, more beer.
Hour-long soaking spa sessions are available for one or two people, with prices starting from 6,900 kroner (£50) for a single tub, 13,000 kroner (£93) for a double and 20,000 kroner (£143) for an outside hot tub offering views over Hrísey island, mountains and Þorvalds valley.
Read more about Czech beer spas here