Reykjadalur or ,,Steamy Valley“ is a beautiful valley located just a short hike away from the town of Hveragerdi in South Iceland. The entire area sits on top of a geothermal hot spot so it is no wonder that it is the home to one of the best hot springs in Iceland or even the world. Reykjadalur hot spring is untouched and the colorful landscape provide an experience that is like no other. It does not hurt that the one hour hike up to Reykjadalur is very beautiful yet not to difficult. The temperature of the hot spring is just perfect for bathing after a nice hike. Horse riding tours are available if you are not up for a hike. One thing to note is that there are no changing facilities when you get up there.
Landmannalaugar or „The People’s Pools” is one of the more unique hot springs in Iceland. Landmannalaugar is an area in South Iceland which is renowned for its stunning beauty, great hiking trails and amazing hot springs. The hot spring in the area is a popular attraction among tourists as well as locals. The hot spring is large and the water depth is fairly shallow. The temperature of the hot spring ranges from 35-40° Celsius which is ideal for relaxing before or after a hike. Changing facilities are available so you don’t need not worry about driving to the lagoon in your swimsuit.
The Secret Lagoon
Secret Lagoon natural hot springs are located in the small town of Fludir just outside of the Golden Circle. The hot spring feels very untouched despite having spacious changing facilities. The pool’s view of the natural surroundings and steam rising into the air gives the place a magical feeling. The temperature of the hot springs are between 38-40° Celsius all year. In the area there is a small geyser which erupts every 5 minutes, showing off for guests that choose to relax in there. During winter, the northern lights often show up to give a great light show above the Lagoon. Can you imagine a better way to view the majestic light show than relaxing in natural hot springs in Iceland?
The Blue Lagoon
The king of hot springs in Iceland, the Blue lagoon, is a must on this list. The Blue lagoon is a man made hot spring and one of the most iconic places in Iceland. The lagoon is located just outside the town of Grindavik in a stunning lava field. While relaxing in the lagoon you will enjoy some amazing views of the rocky area and the nearby power plant which supplies the warm water. The drive to the lagoon from Reykjavik takes about 45 minutes and 20 minutes from Keflavik International airport. The warm water is rich in minerals such as silica and sulfur and bathing in the Lagoon has proven to help people suffering from skin diseases like psoriasis. The water temperature in the lagoon is an average of 37–39 ° Celsius.
Myvatn Nature Baths
Northern Iceland’s response to the blue lagoon are the Myvatn nature baths. The Myvatn baths are located about an hour away from Akureyri, the biggest town of North Iceland. Like the Blue lagoon this hot spring is rich in minerals which are considered good for the skin and spirit. The natural surroundings of this hot spring is unique and will surely make you feel like you are bathing on another planet. The temperature of the baths are between 38-40° celsius. in addition you can also enjoy a natural steam bath. The steam baths are situated on top of a geothermal area and the sulfur free steam rises up through holes in the floor.