New hot bathing stream at Holuhraun
A new hot stream has formed at the far eastern end of Holuhraun, the scene of Iceland’s most recent major volcanic eruption (August 2014-February 2015).
Rangers at Vatnajökull National Park recently discovered that the stream is a suitable temperature to bathe in – just under 40°C at its hottest point. It is not yet clear whether the water temperature will rise or fall in the future.
Despite the fact that the new stream is not particularly accessible, a number of Icelandic and foreign tourists – and rangers – have visited the area to bathe.
Ranger Stefanía Vignisdóttir points out that the effect of the water on human health has yet to be assessed and that people bathe in the new stream at their own risk.