Ever felt like you loved beer so much you could just sink into a bath of it? Well, a brewery in Iceland is giving visitors the chance to do exactly that and it sounds like heaven.
Bjórböðin, Iceland’s first beer spa (which makes it sound like it won’t be their last), is part of Bruggsmidjan Kaldi brewery located at the northernmost tip of Iceland, about half an hour from Akureyri (plus a thirty-hour flight from Australia).
What they offer is a long soak in a hot tub filled with Iceland’s famous geothermal water, unfermented beer, brewer’s yeast, a secret mix of essential oils, bath salts, and their own homemade “beer soap”. The bathwater, unsurprisingly, is not recommended for drinking.
If you’re still in the “I don’t know man, sounds weird” camp, perhaps you’ll be converted after learning that your bath comes equipped with its own beer tap, an arm’s reach from the wooden tub (big enough for two), with unlimited refills of the brewery’s Pilsner during your soak.
After 25 minutes staff lead you to a room where you’re laid down on a soft mattress for an easy massage, before being tucked in under a warm blanket and left to relax to gentle music.
This is our idea of actual Heaven.
Bathing in beer is not the only thing offered at Bjórböðin. The building is also home to a restaurant which serves gourmet hamburgers alongside the brewery’s range of boutique beers.
A two person soak costs 14,900ISK (roughly $193 AUD) or you can have it all to yourself for 7,900ISK ($110 AUD). Plus the gajillion dollars to fly there in the first place - but it sounds so worth it.
Recovering caffeine-addict and serial bruncher Eliza Murray feels most at home typing away in a cozy cafe with her re-mortgaged avocado toast nearby. When she isn't reporting on the latest Instagram-shattering glittery food trends, she can be found experimenting with new gin garnishes (hello strawberries!) or biting into an entire wheel of brie (no shame). She tweets @theothereliza