Iceland is known for its many geothermal hot springs and swimming pools. Icelandic people sure like to get their soak on and I can understand why! The mineral waters are super rejuvenating and they’re a great way to unwind. Plus the hot springs are usually situated in some of the most fascinating natural landscapes on earth! Whether they’re located in lava fields or lush meadows, Iceland’s hot springs are unforgettable. During our 5 day roadtrip in Iceland we made it our goal to visit a hot spring every day. Check out these 4 incredible hot springs to visit in Iceland!
#1 Secret Lagoon
The Secret Lagoon hot springs are located in the small town of Flúðir located in the Golden Circle area. The hot springs have been around since 1891 and are said to be Iceland’s oldest hot springs. For only 2800 ISK this was the perfect place to relax for an afternoon!
The facilities were very clean and the water between 38°-40° Celsius. When you need a break from the hot water you can stroll along the little trail that leads around the hot springs. Along this trail there are lots of little geysir hot spots that bubble at over 100° C.
What I loved about the Secret Lagoon is that it didn’t feel too crowded. Yes there were tourists but it was nothing compared to other hot springs we visited. You had plenty of space to yourself and it just felt so peaceful. I could have easily spent a few days in Flúðir just to visit the Secret Lagoon every day!
Address: Hvammsvegur – 845 Flúðir
The brick swimming pool Seljavallalaug is located in a short and narrow valley at the base of the one and only Eyjafjallajökull, in the South of Iceland. It is the oldest man-made pool in Iceland and is 25m long and 10m wide.
How To Get There:
Trying to find this place is the tricky part! Turn off R1 onto R242 signposted Raufarfell. Keep driving until you get to the very end of the road. There you can park your car and then it’s about a 20min hike into the valley. Just follow the creek and you will eventually find it on the lefthand side nestled into the rocky hillside.
Since we visited around 7:30am on a rainy morning we were the only ones there! The light fog and rain made it even more magical. The water was actually not that warm (about 20°-25° Celsius) but the natural environment was incredible! All alone in the mountains, we felt adventurous and free-spirited. This place is definitely worth searching for. When you find it you’ll think you’ve landed in the middle of a fairytale!
#3 Reykjadalur Hot Springs
Reykjadalur was probably my most favourite natural hot spring to visit in Iceland. After an uphill hike we were rewarded with yet another memorable Icelandic experience. We stripped down into our bathing suits and sat directly in the natural stream! Make sure to soak in the upper half of the stream because the higher up you go the warmer the water is. We spent over an hour soaking in the stream so definitely give yourself enough time to visit Reykjadalur.
How To Get There:
From the town of Hveragerði (only 30min from Reykjavik) follow Brei∂amörk road until the car park at the end of the road. From the carpark you hike approximately 3km to Reykjadalur (literal translation: Steam Valley). The hike into the hot springs is exciting since there are little hot spots everywhere with steam rising out of the earth.
Although very touristy due to its close proximity to Reykjavik, Reykjadalur is a wonderful place to relax. The lush green landscape and the turqouise blue steaming hot pools around the hot springs are enough to make you want to come back again and again!
#4 Blue Lagoon
There’s no visiting Iceland without heading for a soak in the mineral waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is one of the 25 wonders of the world and probably the most popular hot spring to visit in Iceland. Yes it’s very touristy and yes it’s pricey. But it’s also a once in a lifetime experience and everyone who visits Iceland should do it!
You can pick different packages depending on your budget and needs. We chose the standard package which was perfect for us since we brought our own towels and didn’t need to have extra luxuries. Everyone gets to try out the silica mud mask for free! Make sure to lather your hair in conditioner which is provided in the changing rooms/showers to protect your hair. The water is around 37 and 39°C all year round. We spent about 2 hours exploring the whole lagoon. If you want to get a massage or eat lunch at the restaurant then the Blue Lagoon could easily be a half day excursion.
How To Get There:
Whether you are coming from the airport (Keflavik) or Reykjavik, take R43 heading South towards Grindavik. There are numerous signs and when you get closer you’ll see the Blue Lagoon on your right. There is plenty of parking available.
The best suggestion I received from a friend was to visit the Blue Lagoon directly upon arrival in Iceland or right before leaving. The Blue Lagoon is located in a lava field in Grindavík about 45 minutes outside of Reykjavik and 20 minutes away from the airport. Since our flight landed early in the morning I decided to book the Blue Lagoon for 9am. At this time it was already busy but I think no matter what time you visit the Blue Lagoon it will be packed with tourists getting their soak on!
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What hot springs have you visited in Iceland? Which were your favourites?