Húsavík’s Geosea Geothermal Sea Baths have been named one of Time magazine’s 100 “destinations to experience right now,” Vísir reports.
The Geosea baths opened just last year in August 2018 and have been hugely popular since their inception. They were designed by Basalt Architects and are located right on the North Icelandic village’s harbour, offering a view of Skjálfandi Bay and the Kinnarfjöll Mountains. The spa draws its water from two sea water bore holes that were originally intended to be used for the collection of sea salt but are now used to produce a steady flow of mineral-rich saltwater for its infinity-style pools.
“Overtourism is a tremendous problem for Iceland,” reads the Time location description, “its iconic Blue Lagoon packs in visitors by the busload. But roughly 300 miles north in Húsavík…a lesser-known geothermal spa gives its guests plenty of room to breathe” and is, the publication concludes, “a spectacular way to catch the Northern Lights when swimming after dark.”
The American publication’s full “Greatest Places 2019” list includes a wide variety of destinations all over the world from the Museum of Black Civilizations in Dakar, Senegal and the Central Library in Calgary, Canada, to the Liechtenstein Trail in Liechtenstein and the Zealandia ecosanctuary in Wellington, New Zealand.