Iceland is known as the country of fire and ice. That’s because this amazing country has nearly 130 volcanic mountains, 18 of which have erupted since the arrival of the viking settlers in the 9th Century.
With all of Iceland’s geothermal activity, we have these magnificent hot springs and geysers all over the country. Some of these you can bathe in, and some you definitely cannot as temperatures can reach boiling point.
Here’s a list of must-see Hot Springs when you visit Iceland
The Blue Lagoon
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If you’re looking for a luxury spa break in Iceland, you will be thrilled to visit the most iconic mineral spa in the world, the Blue Lagoon. Surrounded by volcanic landscape, this milky blue pool gets it’s colour from crystallised minerals in the water. Temperatures can reach up to 38°C, and the minerals help cleanse the skin. Some even say it helps skin ailments like psoriasis. The treatments on offer within the facility will leave you feeling relaxed in surreal surroundings.
Find out more about the Blue Lagoon HERE.
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Strokkur is one of the oldest Geysir’s located in the Geysir Geothermal Area in SouthWest Iceland.
Strokkur is a fountain geysir beside the Hvítá River and is Iceland's most famous geysir. Tourists flock to the Geysir Geothermal Area to witness the amazing eruptions of Strokkur, which erupts every 5-8 minutes blowing columns of water 15-20m into the air, sometimes even as high as 40m.
Top Tip You will find many other smaller hot springs and mud pools in this area.
DID YOU KNOW… The word geysir comes from Geysir, an erupting spring at Haukadalur. It is from the verb ‘geysa’ – to gush. Geysir has been dormant for years, but you can always count on his neighbour Strokkur to put on a show.Learn more about Strokkur HERE.
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Laugarvatn Fontana are geothermal baths located just 29km away from Geysir and Strokkur. As you can guess, Icelanders and tourists alike come to Laugarvatn to take advantage of the warm geothermal pools and natural streams.
Discover more about this amazing location HERE.
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Reykjadalur is a hot spring just a short trip away from Reykjavik, near the town Hveragerði. Reykjadalur is a warm river that flows down this volcanic mountain. To get to this location it does involve a bit of a trek, but getting into the warm water of the river is definitely worth the wait.
TIP: You are out in the open with no changing facilities near by, so bring a towel and plan ahead.Book a tour to visit this warm and cozy location HERE.
Photo by Johan Wieland
Seljavallalaug is Iceland’s best kept secret! You will find this man-made pool located in the south of Iceland. Constructed in the 1920’s, this pool gathers the hot water that trickles down from Eyjafjallajökull and is built into the mountainside in a narrow valley. This location is breathtaking. There are changing room facilities here so you can change and keep your belongings in the small building by the pool.
Seljavallalaug pool featured in the video of the pop song Never Back Down by Novastar.
Photo by Anita Ritenour
Deildartunguhver is a fabulous hot spring in Reykholtsdalur, located in the West of Iceland. It has a very high flow rate for a hot spring as it launches 180 litres of water per second with temperatures reaching 97°C. This is the highest-flow hot spring in Europe!Learn more about Deildartunguhver HERE.
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You will find Landmannalaugar Spring in the delightful Landmannalaugar Valley near the Capital area of Iceland. This valley is at the centre of the Icelandic Highlands.
Fun Fact - Landmannalaugar means 'the people's pools'.
You can bathe in the natural hot springs of the Landmannalaugar oasis, and you can also join in a gentle hike around this breathtaking area.
Take the tour of the valley when you book through TripCreator. The tour takes you through the Þjórsádalur Valley stopping at one of Iceland’s loveliest waterfalls, Hjálparfoss. From the warm pools of Landmannalaugar the tour takes you to the queen of active Icelandic volcanoes, Mount Hekla.
Top Tip Depending on the season and weather there is every chance you will see either the Midnight Sun or the Northern Lights.
Mývatn Nature Baths
The Mývatn Nature Baths is a spring for your Icelandic Trip Checklist! This glorious lagoon gets its water supply straight from the National Power Company’s borehole in Bjarnarflag. The water has a temperature of about 130°C when it arrives to the huge basin beside the lagoon itself forming an impressive, man-made hot spring.
Fun Fact - Altogether, the lagoon and the basin contain around 3.5 million litres of water with a temperature of 36 – 40°C.
The lagoon is man-made and contains a large amount of minerals and alkaline which makes it perfect for bathing. You can learn more about it HERE.
Top Tip Avoid wearing jewelry made from brass or silver into the water as they can become black and damaged.
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