"Take a foot-bath in a hot-tub by the ocean." Top 5 Page for this destination Reykjavík Off The Beaten Path Tip by Regina1965
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I don´t know if this can be added under "off the beaten path" as so many people visit Grótta, but I add this here as this area belongs to Seltjarnarnes, which is the town adjacent to Reykjavík in the west, although one has to be a native to know where Reykjavík ends and Seltjarnarnes begins. I refer to my tip on Grótta.
By the ocean just before you enter the parking lot by Grótta there is a small round geothermal hot-tub on the northern shore, Norðurströnd, in a place called Kisuklappir. It is quite surreal taking a foot-bath there, the water is hot and so nice and the ocean is just beside you. And the view of the bay and the mountains and Grótta is ever so nice. I highly recommend it. The hot-tub is an art-work/sculpture by Ólöf Nordal and is called Kvika. It was opened here on this spot on Culture night in 2005.
Above the hot-tub there is a small structure from Hitaveita Seltjarnarness, or the Hot-Water-Supply of Seltjarnarnes. From that pumping station there is a constant flow of hot water into the hot-tub. I add a special tip on the hot-water pumping station.
In October and November in 2011 Iceland has a special happening so to speak, to welcome foreigners to Iceland. One of the events was that one of our ministers invited foreigners to take a foot-bath with her in the hot-tub.
The hot-tub is behind the shed called Hjallurinn, and there you will also find a bench, a drinking fountain, an anchor and an information video of the flora and fauna on the shore. Often there is a stench from Hjallurinn as shark is being cured there.
I use this foot-bath often. On occasion is has been too hot to use.
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