Imagine you could soak in a natural hot spring, looking at the Icelandic midnight sun or the northern lights. How good would your life be?
What if you could pack up a few essentials and be there within an hour?
But, right now, here you are not sure what to do or how to get there.
But, it doesn’t have to be this way
Look no further. All of the answers you need are right here in this article. To get them, you just need to read on and remember, there are many more available all around the island.
Iceland is located at the juncture of the Arctic and North Atlantic oceans with the main island completely south of the Arctic Circle. It is considered a Nordic island country and is the eighteenth largest island in the world. One thing that Iceland is known for is its hot springs, or natural geothermal pools, that are spread all over the island. Bathing in them is an experience to remember.
The Secret Lagoon
The Secret Lagoon is in the Golden Circle area, specifically in the small village of Fludir. The steam rising into the air along with its natural surroundings, give it a magical feeling. The water holds 38-40 degrees Celsius year-round, as natural hot springs feed it. There are several other geothermal spots in the area. A little Geysir erupts every five minutes, and during the winter, northern lights often give a great light show.
It was initially built in 1891 and was Iceland’s first swimming pool. To get there is an easy drive from the Geysir Geothermal Area to the village on the Golden Circle Route.
Secret Lagoon on Google Maps
The hot springs here run right past the remote encampment. You can find Landmannalaugar in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland at the edge of a lava field. It is at the spit of land between the Namskvisi and Jokulgilskvisl rivers. From the side of the lava field, there are several hot springs and hot water streams.
There are also sources of cold water that mixed with the hot streams form warm water streams. The temperature year-round is 36-40 degrees centigrade, even in a snowy winter. Four car routes lead to here. Only one of them is accessible by regular cars even though the road is rough. The roads are usually only used by 4WD vehicles, so if you wish to explore the area thoroughly, a vehicle with 4WD is essential.
Landmannalaugar on Google Maps
This Reykjadalur valley is located in the south of Iceland. It is famous for its hot river and geothermal activity where hikers, surrounded by nature, can bathe. It is about a forty-minute drive from Reykjavik by the town of Hveragerdi.
You can drive there or take one of the many available tours in the area. To get to the hot springs, you have to hike approximately three kilometers and can take 45-60 minutes to get there. In the first part of the trail, there are several mud pools and hot springs. One thing to note is that the more upriver you go, the warmer the water, so make sure that you go farther down the river. On your trip to Iceland, this is a “must-see” hot springs.
Reykjadalur on Google Maps
The pool is located in a narrow valley below the infamous volcano/glacier Eyjafjallajokull. It is the oldest still standing pool in Iceland and was built in 1923. It is built next to a rock wall with the water coming from a close-by natural spring. It is ten meters wide and twenty-five meters long. You can get there by car, and when you get to the car park, there is a fifteen to twenty minutes walk to the bottom of the valley.
Seljavallalaug on Google Maps
This natural hot springs pool is 72 km outside of Egilsstadir, which is the largest town in East Iceland. The pool is 70 cm deep and 3.5 meters wide. Year-round, the temperature of the water is 40 degrees C. It is owned by the priest at Valþjofstað and is easily accessible by car.
Laugafell on Google Maps
The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. It is placed in a lava field near Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula, which is in the southwestern part of the island. It only takes approximately a thirty-minute drive from Reykjavik.
The warm water is rich in minerals like sulfur and silica. Many believe that bathing in this spa helps some people suffering from skin diseases such as vigilito and exema. The water averages 37-39 degrees C and is a human-made lagoon that is fed by the water output of geothermal power plant Svartsengi. The water is renewed every couple of days and is not suitable for children under the age of two.
Due to its popularity, we recommend booking your tickets in advance.
The Blue Lagoon on Google Maps
Myvatn nature baths
The nature baths at Myvatn are natural bathing spots where you can soak in a lagoon with many unique properties. The water contains large amounts of minerals and is alkaline. The water is 36-40 degrees C. It is human-made with a bottom of gravel and sand and is five thousand square meters with 3.5 million liters of water.
It is North Iceland’s version of the Blue Lagoon. When soaking in the natural bathing area, you have beautiful views of the mountains that are across the lake. It is a short drive from Husavik to Lake Myvatn, where the Myvatn Nature Baths are located.
Mývatn Nature Baths on Google Maps
If you want to stick to the more conventional way of soaking then you can visit the some of the many regular swimming pools across the country. See our guide to the four best swimming pools in Reykjavik.