Swim and relax in the hot pools. This is possible in Iceland and is considered a long tradition. There are over 150 different hot springs on the island, one of which is definitely worth visiting during your trip. Find out more about six unique thermal baths below.
The fact that Iceland is the largest volcanic island on earth is due to its special geographic location on the Mid-Atlantic ridge. This unique location also explains the large number of thermal springs. As travelnews writes, locals have been using these hot springs for bathing and relaxing for centuries. Today, more and more tourists are attracted by the natural spectacle. Because: What should not be missing on a trip to Iceland, whether in summer or winter, is a visit to such a bathing beach.
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Established in 1992, the Blue Lagoon is perhaps Iceland’s most famous hot spring. The largest bathhouse, believed to be a tourist magnet, is located in the center of the lava field. In addition to bathing, water also helps fight psoriasis (psoriasis) and other skin diseases. The water temperature is a pleasant 39 degrees Celsius. Cons: Admission prices start at 59 euros. More information can be found here: www.bluelagoon.com.
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Myvatn natural bath
In the north of Iceland, there is an outdoor geothermal pool on Lake Myvatn, Iceland’s fourth largest lake. Since 2004, visitors have been able to enjoy the sulfuric water with a temperature of 36 to 40 degrees, which is said to help with various respiratory diseases as well. A special feature that can be experienced with a bit of luck during your visit is the Northern Lights, which can be seen in the sky from around 9:00 PM. The entrance fee is around 42 euros. More information: www.myvatnnaturebaths.is.
Gamla Laugin (Secret Lagoon)
Gamla Laugin means “old pool” and is also known as the Secret Lagoon. Established in 1891, it is the oldest thermal bath in the country. The water temperature is similar to other thermal baths and ranges from 38 to 40 degrees Celsius. The entrance fee is 20 euros per person. A visit is especially worthwhile if you are in the capital Reykjavik as it is only 50 minutes away by car. More information: www.secretlagoon.is.
Haugane’s hot cauldron
On the black lava beach of Sandvíkurfjara in northern Iceland, there is a thermal spring consisting of three different metal pools with different temperatures. These so-called hot pots are located directly on the beach and offer visitors a unique sea view. The temperatures range between 30 and 39 degrees Celsius, so hot tubs are also good for those who don’t like hot weather. Pros for the fact that you can sometimes watch whales while bathing and the price of just 7 euros is very cheap in comparison. More information can be found here: www.ektafiskur.is.
This geothermal spa, located near Akureyri, opened in late May 2022. The water temperature is between 39 and 42 degrees Celsius, the entrance fee is 43 euros. More information: www.forrestlagoon.is.
The last hot spring listed here was opened in May 2021 and is located on the outskirts of Reykjavik. Therefore, a visit is especially recommended if you are in the country’s capital. From the Sky Lagoon you have a direct view of the Atlantic. You can relax here with the water temperature ranging from 38 to 40 degrees Celsius. Here, too, you have to swallow something upon entering, which costs 58 euros. For more information, visit www.skylagoon.com.