The latest addition to Iceland’s vibrant craft beer scene is Kaldi’s Beer Spa. Located in the village of Árskógarsandur close to Akureyri in North Iceland. Guests can now literally bathe in beer in one of the spa's seven tubs. The owners of Kaldi claim that bathing in the beer can have health benefits.
The spa opened last summer offers visitors an opportunity to bathe in tubs filled with beer, warm water, hops and yeast, while drinking cold Kaldi craft beer from tap. Each tub can accommodate two people. Guests relax for 25 minutes before moving on to another room for another 25 minutes of beer based treatment.
This is Iceland’s first beer spa, and it has been very popular with locals as well as tourists so it is a good idea to make reservations.
The spa is modeled after popular Czech beer baths. Beer spas are quite common in the Czech Republic and most of the largest Czech breweries operate spas that attract beer-lovers from all over the world. The Czechs believe that bathing in beer is good for the skin and that it’s overall a revitalizing experience for your mind and body.
For anyone interested in craft beer you will not only get a fascinating insight into micro-brewing in Iceland but also about the culture and background to brewing and alcohol promotion in the country.
Lene H. Minyard