All the best hot springs are to be found in Iceland! If you have done any research, you should know Iceland is filled with natural hot springs all around the country. And going on a trip to Iceland without bathing in at least one of them should be a crime! Indeed, bathing in hot spots is a veritable institution in Iceland, thanks to its geothermal activity. Of course, you will not be able to visit all of them during your stay, but you should have the opportunity to relish a relaxing moment in the middle of Icelandic‘s magnificent nature. Some of them can be quite challenging to reach, are you up for it?
Here we introduce the best (in our opinion) hot springs spread throughout Iceland.
The Blue Lagoon was the first internationally renowned hot spring. This dreamy spa is located in a black lava field merely a few minutes from Keflavik airport, being an easy spot either when you arrive in the country or, even better, you can leave the country as relaxed as ever.
Have you ever imagined yourself bathing in a place surrounded by volcanic rocks? No? Well, this is your opportunity! You will not regret visiting this picturesque place. The water sits at 39°C (102°F) all year round, making it a very comfortable temperature to bathe in. And on top of that, the water renews itself every 48 hours. The milky blue and opaque water comes from a thermal power plant but is completely natural and does not contain any harsh chemicals.
The Secret Lagoon, known as "Gamla Laugin" by Icelandic people. The pool was built in 1981 by a group of Icelandic people, who exploited the geothermal area of Fludir. This lagoon surely is less popular among tourists, compared to The Blue Lagoon, but it is just as fabulous.
Whilst exploring The Golden Circle, you will appreciate the calmness of this place after a long day of exploring various tourist attractions available on this itinerary. By renting a car, you will be able to stop however and wherever you want, savoring the magical moments at every step of your Icelandic road trip. There are also many guided day tours to this spot if that is your preferred choice.
An added bonus to this attraction, there is a small geyser that erupts every five minutes.
This thermal pool is at a constant heat of 38/40°C (100-104°F).
Constructed in 2004, Mývatn Nature Baths is an alternative best hot springs to visit in Iceland, if you want to avoid the much over-crowded Blue Lagoon. This lagoon, also built by humans, is located in the northern part of Iceland and is one of the most authentic and traditional hot springs. This has to be one of the prettiest natural springs to be found.
There is nothing better to do after a long day touring the north than ending the day in a hot spring while admiring a wonderful sunset, while you swim in a 36-40°C (97-104°F) water. This is a six-hour drive from Reykjavik and gives you a great opportunity to explore the north if you are interested in visiting one of the best hot springs in Iceland!
Landmannalaugar‘s hot spring, translation roughly being „The people‘s pools“, about a five-hour drive from Reykjavik. For this location, you will need a 4x4 car as this is the highlands. You will be taking some quite bumpy F-roads and crossing some rivers to access this essential hot spring in Iceland, that is also why renting a car is the best way to take full advantage of both your road trip and the landscapes you will contemplate on your way. This site is also well-known for its gorgeous treks and surprising colored mountains.
Located merely two hours from Reykjavik, you will find this hidden outdoor pool, called Seljavallalaug, being one of the oldest swimming pools in Iceland, dated as far as 1923. This was built to teach Icelanders to swim, as they were not experienced in this. Ironically, because Iceland is surrounded by water.
This hot spring, totally natural, though, is accessible after a pleasant hike of 15- 20 minutes. Here you can admire the water flowing directly from the rocks to the swimming pool. As this hidden location is less frequented, you can appreciate the peacefulness of this natural beauty in an exceptional setting, at the edge of the mountains surrounding you.
This location is also only 30 minutes away from Seljalandsfoss, so while you are checking that, and other destinations nearby, you might want to pop by for a visit.
Reykjadalur‘s valley is approximately a 40-minute drive from Reykjavik. Ideally, a rental car will be the best option to go to this marvelous place. It will take you about an hour's walk to arrive at this hot spring. After a nice hike, you will be able to relax in this naturally heated hot spot, thanks to the geothermal activity in this region.
However, in this place, you need to be a bit more careful about where you bathe. There are two different hot spots, one being significantly hotter than the other. Some being at around 40°C meanwhile others can go as far as 100°C and are strictly forbidden to bathe in, you should understand why.
If you want to escape the overcrowdedness hot springs this one will be the ideal one for you.
We hope these pieces of information, concerning the best Icelandic hot springs, will help you find the perfect spot for you and the ones around you for your next road trip in Iceland. Jump into your rental car from us and explore these exotic places! Please, be careful and do not forget to have fun!