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Bathing in one of Iceland's best kept secrets

By Staff

  • Not bad! Dipping into the warm Vogagjá fissure which is often called Leynigjá (Secret Fissure). Photo by Vilhelm Gunnarsson

Vogagjá and Grjótagjá are old bathing places in fissures and caves in Mývatnssveit, North Iceland. Whilst Grjótagjá has gained popularlity in recent years, Vogagjá can still be considered one of Iceland's best kept secret - mostly due to the fact that it's difficult to find.

Between 1975 and 1980, three volcanic eruptions occurred in Krafla, increasing the temperature of the water in Grjótagjá to 60°C (140°F) making the water too hot for bathing. The temperatures dropped over time and people could bathe in the fissures again. The temperatures are known to fluctuate however, so make sure to stay in the cooler part and be careful.

This photo is from Vogagjá, the fissure you're less likely to find. It's often called Leynigjá (Secret Fissure) and is located approximately 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) South of the better known Grjótagjá. It's time to put your inner Sherlock to the test. 

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