Iceland Hot Springs – 7 Nice Ones
Iceland is located in at the juncture of the Arctic and North Atlantic oceans with the main island completely south of the Arctic Circle. It is considered a Nordic island country and is the eighteenth largest island in the world. One thing that Iceland is noted for is their hot springs, or natural geothermal pools, that are basically everywhere. Bathing in them is an experience you will not soon forget.
The Secret lagoon
They are located in the Golden Circle area in the small village of Fludir. The steam rising into the air and its natural surroundings give it a magical feeling. Year round, the water holds 38-40 degrees Celsius as it is fed by a natural hot springs. There are several other geothermal spots in the area. A little Geysir erupts every five minutes. During the winter, northern lights often give a great light show. It was originally built in 1891 and was Iceland’s first swimming pool. To get there it is an easy drive from the Geysir Geothermal Area to the village on the Golden Circle Route.
The hot springs here runs right past the remote encampment. You can find Landmannalaugar in the Fjallabak Nature Reserved in the Highlands of Iceland at the edge of a lava field. It is at the spit of land between the Namskvisi and Jokulgilskvisl rivers. From the edge of the lava field, there are several hot springs and hot water streams. There are also sources of cold water that mixed with the hot streams form warm water streams. The temperature year around is 36-40 degrees centigrade, even in a snowy winter. Four car routes lead to here. Only one is accessible by regular car even though the road is rough. The roads are usually only used by 4WD vehicles.
This valley is located in the south of Iceland. It is famous for its hot river and geothermal activity where hikers, surrounded by nature, can bathe. It is about a forty-minute drive from Reykjavik by the town of Hveragerdi. You can drive here or take one of the many tours that are available. To get to the hot springs you have to hike approximately three kilometers and can take 45-60 minutes to get there. On the first part of the trail, there are several mud pools and hot springs. One thing to note is that the more up river you go the hotter the water so make sure that you go farther down the river. On your trip to Iceland this is a “must see” hot springs.
The pool is located in a narrow valley below the infamous volcano/ glacier Eyjafjallajokull. It is the oldest still standing pool in Iceland and was built in 1923. It is built next to a rock wall with the water coming from a close by natural spring. It is ten meters wide and twenty-five meters long. You can get there by car and when you get to the car park there is a fifteen to twenty minutes walk to the bottom of the valley.
This natural hot springs pool is located 72 km outside of Egilsstadir, which is the largest town in East Iceland. The pool is 70 cm deep and 3.5 meters wide. Year round, the temperature of the water is 40 degrees C. It is owned by the priest at Valþjofstað. You can get there by car.
The Blue Lagoon
This is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. It is located in a lava field in Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula. This is in southwestern Island. It is located approximately a fifty minute drive from Reykjavik and is a geothermal spa. The warm water is rich in minerals like sulfur and silica. It is thought that bathing in this spa helps some people suffering from skin diseases. The water averages 37-39 degrees C. It is a man-made lagoon that is fed by water output of geothermal power plant Svartsengi. The water is renewed every couple of days. It is not suitable for children under the age of two.
Myvatn nature baths
This is a natural bathing where you can bath in a lagoon with many special properties. The water contains large amounts of minerals and is alkaline. The water is 36-40 degrees C. It is man-made with a bottom of gravel and sand and is five thousand square meters with 3.5 million liters of water. This is North Iceland’s version of the Blue Lagoon. When soaking in the natural bathing area you have beautiful views of the mountains that are across the lake. It is a short drive from Husavik to Lake Myvatn where Myvatn Nature Baths.