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World’s Largest “Hot Tub”

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World’s Largest “Hot Tub”

Glowing lava at Holuhraun.

Archive photo. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

There is a new kind of hot tub in our country, with an adjacent whirlpool, in amazing landscape. The designer, however, is not likely to present it at any international conference of hot tub developers. The reason: her name is Mother Nature.

“The hot tub must be the world’s largest, “ said Hörður Jónasson, guide, about the new bathing spot in the Holuhraun lava field, Vísir reports.

“This is a unique, world class bathing spot,” Hörður continued.

Warm, glacial water (melting water from Dyngjujökull glacier) flows north from the south end of Holuhraun, under and through the lava and comes out at the north end. This is a large amount of water, 35° to 40° C warm [95°-104° F].”

On the edge of the lava field is a basin, 400-500 m2 (4300-5400 ft.2), and, therefore, likely, the largest in the world. This is how Hörður describes it: “Warm water flows from the basin, forming a river, 40 cm (1 ft. 4 in.) deep. The comfortable current works well as a whirlpool.”

You must be careful, though. The new lava field has very sharp edges. Hörður stresses that you need to bring an extra pair of shoes, because you need to wear shoes while wading the river, but mainly in the hot tub, which is in the lava field. Also, be aware that the temperature of the water can fluctuate and reach as much as 50° C (122° F).

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