When you hear mentioned “Iceland” and “geothermal pools”, the Blue lagoon is probably the first thing that comes to mind. However there are many other sites where you can bathe and relax besides the Blue lagoon and are just as unique. Below are a few suggestions for you.
1. The Secret Lagoon
The Secret lagoon pool is the oldest pool in Iceland, made in 1891 and locals used to wash their clothes there and take baths. Today, the pool has recently been renovated and reopened and has become very popular. The wonderful and relaxing floating tours take place at the Secret lagoon. When you join a floating tour, you join a VIP group as the floaters have the pool to themselves after opening hours. In addition you also get other treats on the tours, like boiling eggs in a hot spring. You can read all about the floating here.
Landmannalaugar is truly a place worth visiting. It is a hiking paradise with all its contrast. The area is famous for its unique landscape and relaxing hot springs. In summer you can do day tours to the area and enjoy a nice relaxing time in the hot springs before heading back to Reykjavik. In winter, it is not recommended to go to the area without a guided tour. With a guided tour in winter, you can experience true magic and hunt for the northern lights. You will definitely feel like you are alone in the world a the area is in the highlands and no villages, towns or city lights anywhere close.
Seljavallalaug geothermal pool is on the south coast, located in Laugarárgil canyon. It is one of the oldest still-standing pools in Iceland and is popular among locals. The surroundings are beautiful and the river Laugará flows just next to the pool. One side of the pool is the raw mountainside where hot water drips down into the pool. The place is long renowned for its beauty and tranquility so, as you can imagine, it is a perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy the pure nature.
Reykjadalur “, which means Steamy Valley, is a hot spring area like the name implies. Reykjadalur is located in the south of Iceland near the town of Hveragerði. Hveragerði is unique in the way that it is built on a geothermal hot spot. It is within an hour´s driving distance from Reykjavík so it is ideal to go there for the day. Hiking paths are around the town and they are popular among locals and visitors. Hveragerði is a lovely town with nice restaurants and many nice small towns can be found by the seaside. It is a perfect end to the day of hiking to relax in one of the nature pools in the area.
5. Mývatn nature baths
The Mývatn nature baths are on the north coast. This hot pool has been made into a spa-like area with fantastic facilities and a sun patio where you can relax and get some tan during summer. Some say it is the Blue lagoon of the north coast. You can drive to lake Mývatn on a regular car, you might though want to have a 4×4 in winter! It is only a few hours drive from Akureyri and well worth visiting. The Mývatn area is a lovey place to visit so you can easily spend a couple of day there. Just imagine, relaxing in the lagoon and hunt for the northern lights in winter, perfect!