Also known as the “Farmer’s Hot Bathing Pool”, Landmannalaugar hot spring trickles out from a fifteenth century lava flow and intertwines with cold water. You might have to walk upstream to find the perfect temperate but once you do, it’s easy to sit back and enjoy the idyllic scenery around you. Don’t forget to go on a hike after your soak and check out the Hjalparfoss waterfall around the Rhyolite mountains.
Reykjadalur is located near the town of Hverageroi towards southern Iceland. Roughly translated to the “Steamy Valley”, these springs are exactly that. The town itself was built on a hot-spot and is surrounded by hiking paths that tourists find their way to every warm season. But don’t let that scare you off because the springs are enormous and you can still find secluded areas for privacy and relaxation (you’ll need it after the hour-long hike).
The Blue Lagoon
Yes, the Blue Lagoon in Reykjanes is the number one hot spring everyone knows about, but you still should see it because the water color is breathtaking and unlike anything you’ve ever bathed in before. It’s one of the 25 wonders of the world for a reason. From a guided tour to an exclusive lounge, there is a little something for everyone when they visit. You do need to book in advance however. Don’t get discouraged, there is plenty of food, drinks and accommodations to go around all set in the heart of a stunning lava landscape.
The Secret Lagoon
Originally called Gamla Laugin, the Secret Lagoon was one of Iceland’s first swimming pools. Popular until around 1947, the pool fell into disuse and remained so until 2005 when its present owner brought it back to life. Remaining a secret for several years, it was used only for himself and close friends (hence it’s new name). This lagoon is unique in that there is a constant supply of fresh clean water in the pool due to the hot spring feeding the lagoon at a rate of 10 liters per second.
The warm pools are surrounded by picturesque views of mountanins, Laugarvatn Lake, and at night, the Northern Lights! These geothermal baths are a must see if you are near the Golden Circle. Spend the day visiting the national park, Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall then head over to Laugarvatn Fontana and indulge in the steam baths, pools and hot springs. From day tours to food services, you will definitely want this on your itinerary.