Iceland was created by a continious friction of the two tectonic plates and these movements continue to shake and move the island. This volcanic activity also makes Iceland a paradise for anyone who loves relaxing in geothermal pools and spa’s.
The Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s best known natural spa. It’s a man made pool of natural hot water which is brought up to the surface to generate energy. The naturally mineral rich water is later directed into the lagoon having reached a perfect bathing temperature of 37-39°C (98-102°F). The Blue Lagoon gets its name from the milky blue silica and sulphur rich water and is renowned for its healing powers for skin conditions such as psoriasis. Listed by the National Geographic as one of the 25 wonders of the world, the Blue Lagoon is definitely something to tick off your bucket list.
The Secret Lagoon is another less known pearl than the famous Blue Lagoon. Although this lagoon is not really a secret anymore, it is much more secluded. A natural hot spring continuously provides the pool with a 38-39°C hot water, keeping it clean with a constant flow of water. It’s ideal to visit after a trip around the Golden Circle and enjoy soaking in the warm water. Build in 1892, this is the oldest swimming pool in Iceland but as more and more pools were built around the country, this one was used less. It remained a secret bathing spot for the locals up until 2014 when it was reopened to the public, hence the name.
Reykjadalur is a unique hot spring bathing experience in a warm stream. In order to get there, a moderate hike of 50 minutes is needed but that’s all part of the journey and makes the dip in the hot stream even more rewarding. Cool mountain spring joining boiling hot springs makes for the perfect bathing temperature. Dip in and enjoy or if you like it a bit hotter, get in the water a little higher in the stream. The landscape is a geothermal fairy tale land with random hot springs and steam coming out of crevices in the hills.
Krauma the luxury hot pools and sauna is powered by Icelands most forceful hot spring; Deildartunguhver, but before the water reaches the pools it needs cooling down to get it to a comfortable bathing temperature. Enjoy the five pools of various temperature, and wind down in the steam baths, where water straight from the hot spring drizzles under the benches. The best bit is to get into the ice cold pool for just a couple of minutes to get the blood rushing.
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