Giant natural hot tub forms in Icelandic lava field

In a remote corner of northern Iceland, a super-sized thermal bathing pool, created in the wake of last year’s Holuhraun eruption, has become the country’s latest tourist attraction

A super-sized natural hot pool has been discovered just north of Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest ice cap, in north-east Iceland. The new (as yet unnamed) bathing area was formed in the aftermath of last year’s Holuhraun eruption, a six-month-long volcanic event that produced Iceland’s biggest lava flow in over 200 years. The 1,600m-long fissure, which opened in the Bárðarbunga volcanic system in August 2014, spewed out enough lava to cover 85 square kilometres. Located at the northern end of the lava field, the body of water, which is constantly changing in shape and volume, covers an estimated 400 to 500 square metres, with temperatures (in the preferred bathing spots) between 35 and 40C.

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