As you plan your Iceland trip itinerary, you’ll probably find Blue Lagoon recommended as a “must go”. Gorgeous blue waters, mineral-rich water and mud, and serene natural beauty await every visit. Blue Lagoon is a beautiful spot, but there are plenty of other hot springs to experience across Iceland.
Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa
If you want to get technical, Blue Lagoon is not really a hot springs location. It is a man-made lagoon fed by natural water sources heated by a nearby power plant. Still, it is beautiful. The designers made sure of that from the different pool areas, including a waterfall and a swim-up bar! And the waters and mud used for spa treatments are all-natural, and many claim benefits from the mud masks as well as just soaking in the waters.
To make visiting there even more attractive, Blue Lagoon is located between the airport and Reykjavik so that it’s an ideal beginning or ending to your Iceland trip. However, because of its popularity, it can get crowded, and the cost can add up after the entry fee.
If you’d like to consider some other options, Your Friend in Reykjavik has a few equally divine destinations where you can enjoy hot springs and geothermal spas.
Five options to the Blue Lagoon
From natural hot springs to man-made geothermal spas, you can find the soak and steam spot to suit you on your Iceland trip. And what’s even better, most of these are almost half the price of Blue Lagoon, if not free!
Just 45 km from Reykjavik is Steam Valley, or Reykjadalur. It can be a bit of a hike to get to the warm waters running through the valley, but what a perfect way to relax after a walk than soaking your feet, or body, in naturally heated flowing waters! Because this is truly “all natural”, you’ll want to check the temperature before plunging in. There aren’t really any facilities for changing in by the waters and mud pools, so you should pack a bag. But it is free, so that’s a bonus!
The name may be kind of misleading as it has become much more popular lately. Especially since it’s a great stop if you’re planning a Golden Circle trip. Still, Secret Lagoon usually isn’t as busy as Blue Lagoon, and there are paths to walk around the hot springs that heat the lagoon. Built in 1891, it is Iceland’s oldest swimming pool, so you get to relax as you absorb part of the island’s history! And keep a lookout for the geyser that adds a little extra magic to the ethereal surroundings.
Myvatn Nature Baths
If you’re planning on traveling through northeastern Iceland, then you should take a moment, or more, at the Myvatn Nature Baths. The mineral content creates similar milky blue waters like you would find at Blue Lagoon, and there are different pools as well as steam baths and a restaurant to complete your visit. During the fall and winter (except for December), you can enjoy an evening soak and perhaps catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights!
More of a spa experience than other locations, Krauma is a perfect plunge pool experience. There are five heated tubs and one cold tub for that “shock and awe” experience to get your blood pumping. The waters are a mixture of heated waters from Deildartunguhver hot springs, coming in at a boiling 212F, and glacial waters from the OK glacier, making it all, well, okay! There are also steam baths and relaxation areas as well as a restaurant.
The tiniest of springs, but probably the easiest to get to while you’re in Reykjavik since it’s only 4km from the Old Harbor area. To be honest, it is more of a foot bath than a place for a full soak, but it is free and it has some amazing views of the lighthouse and the surrounding sea and cityscapes. There’s not a lot of room, but the scenery is pretty spectacular.
There are pools of hot springs in Iceland
These are just a few suggestions. And, as we mentioned before, you can find a delightfully warm community swimming pool / spa experience in almost every town in Iceland. We welcome visitors to discover a truly local experience while relaxing in the soothing warm waters. A perfect way to end the day after a walking adventure discovering the delights of our Iceland!