Iceland is a fantastic place to discover natural hot springs hidden all around the country. This is because of Iceland’s volcanic activity. This is why you can find dozens of geothermally heated pools around the ring road. Being a geologically active nation, new hot springs frequently pop up with earthquakes and eruptions, bringing fresh hot water to the surface. The end result is all these beautiful places you can visit and experience. With that in mind, we’re here to help you enjoy all the best hot springs in Iceland.
The Sky Lagoon
Of course, first place is going to this one. The Sky Lagoon feels like a world away from everyday life nestled on a stark, stunning coastline. Geothermal lagoon honors the centuries-old bathing culture, embracing the warmth of a people tied closely to the sea, sky, and the power locked deep within the land. In addition, for centuries, Icelanders have trusted the calming, healing effects of geothermal water to help make them one of the happiest people on earth.
Laugardalur Swimming Pool
The Laugardalur swimming pool (Laugardalslaug) is located close to downtown Reykjavik. Therefore, it’s not only the largest swimming complex in Iceland but also the most popular. Featuring many hot pots where the locals like to gather and chat – it is a great place to meet new people, enjoy waterslides, or swim in the Olympic-sized lap pool.
It is a stunning 25- meter pool built in 1923, nestled close to the base of Eyjafjallajökull, also close to Seljalandsfoss waterfall in South Iceland. This Instagram-famous white pool with a white changing room and green-tinted water (due to algae) is surrounded by mountains and a river. Also, there is a short hike from the parking lot, so it is a good idea to wear hiking boots.
Víti Geothermal Lake
It is an out-of-this-world experience to swim inside this volcano, located in the Central Highlands. The water is a pale blue color, and the temperature is around 25c. It is a simply stunning, vast, and breathtaking place to float. A 4×4 is required to drive to the Askja Caldera region. A 4×4 is required to drive to the Askja Caldera region, a hike from Vikraborgir Car park.
Gamla Laugin Flúðir (The Secret Lagoon)
A stunning and hot spring place is close to the Golden Circle in Flúðir. This place is ethereal and would be the kind of hot spring fairies to swim in. Also, there is even a small Geysir nearby. Built in 1891, it is the oldest pool in Iceland. Temperatures between 38-40°C all year round. Of course, changing facilities are available, close to camping and shops.
Krauma a Geothermal Spa
Krauma spa is in Reykholt, about an hour north of Reykjavik. Therefore, a great choice to add to your planned route. This natural hot spring in Iceland is one of the most powerful in Europe and is used to heat homes in the area. In addition, the spa offers five geothermal hot tubs, a cold tub, two saunas, and a soothing relaxation room where you can listen to music by the floating fireplace.
These new baths were opened in 2019 and float futuristically on Lake Urriðavatn near Egilsstaðir in East Iceland. The water is geothermally heated by underwater hot springs. Therefore, this unique floating pool offers you an immersive experience surrounded by a breathtaking untouched mountainscape – with a bar and a restaurant on site.
Located in Húsavík in Iceland’s north is Geosea. Perched on the edge of the ocean beside a bright yellow lighthouse, it offers incredible views of the ocean from the clifftops. In addition, it is possible to spot whales from the pool.
It is located way up north. This pool is beside the ocean’s edge and has an infinity to feel it. Also, the architecture of this pool is minimalist and gives off very 70s vacay-vibes, with gorgeous views of the mountains across the bay.
Myvatn Nature Baths
A very similar experience to the Blue Lagoon, albeit less crowded and less expensive. But still very much a rewarding experience. For instance, you will experience silica-rich blue waters surrounded by black lava lunar landscapes in the north of Iceland.