Iceland is a country that’s full of so many wonderful natural wonders due to geothermal energy including volcanoes, geysers, and of course, the signature hot springs. These wonderful calm and toasty thermal baths can be found all across the country, ranging from the famous Blue Lagoon just outside of Reykjavik to the Mývatn Nature Baths in the north. Here are some of the best hot springs you can visit.
Sky Lagoon is nestled right into the craggy Atlantic coast, which gives your a gorgeous view os the ocean as you sit and enjoy the hot spring bath. Located just outside of Reykjavik in the Kársnes Harbour, it’s one of the newest thermal spas, having just opened in March 2021. The bath ranges from 100 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit as a 230 foot infinity edge overlooking the ocean.
The Secret Lagoon is the oldest swimming pool in Iceland, having been opened in 1891. It has since been one of the country’s top attactions, since the water is naturally heated to between 100 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The lagoon is warmed by three geysers nearby and provides plenty of privacy.
Mývatn Nature Baths
These natural baths are located 50 miles from Akureyi and boast a stunning view of the snow-capped mountains of the north as well as the aurora borealis views. The facilities also include steam baths, saunas, and an on site cafe if you get hungry.
This southern Iceland pool is one of the largest ones in the country at 30 by 82 feet. Best of all, it is totally free and open to the public. However, that does mean that there is no lifeguard and that there is no cleaning of the algae, which can accumulate. It’s a swim at your own risk pool.
Reykjadalur Steam Valley
Reykjadalur hot springs offer some of the best natural soaks you’ll find, located right in the middle of a mossy green valley. This place is located just 30 minutes from Reykjavik, so it’s perfect as a day trip option. Be warned: it is a two mile hike from the parking area to the river, but it will certainly be worth it.