Iceland is the land of fire and ice with volcanic activity underground and wild weather up above. Take advantage of this and stay warm by visiting the various hot pools around the country. Here’s a small list of the best hot pools to visit in Iceland. You can thank us later.
HOT POOLS IN SOUTH ICELAND
The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is, in our opinion, a must see in Iceland. Set within a lava field in Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula, it is the most visited attraction in the country. Though it is a man-made lagoon, the warm water is rich in minerals like silica and sulphur and will instantly relax. There are also a variety of services from saunas to massage to spa treatments beyond the main pool. You pay a hefty price to get in ($80CDN minimum), but you’ll enjoy every peaceful moment here. Tip: go in the early hours to enjoy the lagoon with fewer crowds!
The Secret Lagoon
The Secret Lagoon is located in the small village of Fludir near the Golden Circle. It’s a natural hot springs with steam and natural surroundings giving it a very magical feeling. The water is toasty warm at 38-40 degrees Celsius all year. There’s also a little Geysir which erupts every 5 minutes, adding to the natural beauty. Much cheaper than the Blue Lagoon at just $35CDN a ticket, there are decent facilities to clean up afterwards.
Selvallalaug in the south was a true gem. After taking a small road off the highway and hiking a bit of a trek over a little creek, you will find Selvallalaug. Known as the oldest hot pool in Iceland, it rests in the middle of a gorgeous green valley. The views and solitude here are unmatched.
We also dipped in a somewhat rundown hot pool near the glaciers by Jokusarlon, just because we could.
HOT POOLS IN WEST ICELAND
Gudrunarlaug near Snaefellsness is a hidden gem you shouldn’t miss. It’s beautifully sculpted in stone and partially covered in moss and rests in the middle of a quiet valley. There’s also a quaint, little changing facility that makes you feel like you’re in and among the elves.
HOT POOLS IN NORTHERN ICELAND
Located in a small town called Hofsós in the northwest, this swimming pool is truly magnificent. The same architect as the Blue Lagoon designed it. Built right on the hillside above the sea, the views over the Drangey peninsula are breathtaking. Though technically not a geothermal pool, it’s still a great way to relax. We enjoyed a wonderful sunset here one evening and would recommend to anyone doing the long drive from Snaefellsness to Myvatn.
Myvatn Nature Baths
To wind down your time in the Myvatn region, make sure to visit the Myvatn baths. Much less crowded and half the price of the Blue Lagoon in the south at $45CDN, you can soak your tired bones in these volcanic-heated pools while watching the gorgeous sunset. You can even order a beer while you soak!
Word to the wise: Keep in mind that there are TONS of geothermal pools because Iceland is full of volcanic activity. All we can advise is to make sure you bring a swimsuit on your adventures here. Soaking in a hot pool in the outdoors in Iceland is an experience you won’t want to miss.
It’s also worth mentioning that Iceland has a strict “shower nude before bathing” rule. They don’t use chlorine, so it is a way to keep the hot pools clean. For us reserved Canadians, we felt a little silly. Just saying.
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