Some like it hot! Blessed by an abundance of geothermally heated water and volcanic topography, outdoor bathing in nature spas is a favorite activity enjoyed by both locals and visitors to Iceland. There are wonderful locations with stunning vistas to enjoy these hidden gems throughout the country. Here are a few notable natural bathing spas recognized for their unique features and amazing surroundings.
In a volcanic setting among steaming hills, bathers can enjoy the ultimate natural outdoor spa experience at the Myvatn Nature Baths in northern Iceland. This open-air pool of aquamarine blue gets its water from a local geothermal source and contains a unique mixture of minerals, silicates and micro-organisms that are soothing and relaxing for the skin.
Spas are a way of life in Iceland including the famed Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Grindavik near Keflavik International Airport. Surrounded by stark black lava, the unique blue waters are rich in silica, minerals and algae which have a healthy effect on the skin.
The lagoon itself is neither man made nor a wonder, but rather a unique byproduct of a nearby geothermal power plant. Geothermal seawater is led directly from the original source. In addition to relaxing in the lagoon, guests have access to steam-baths and sauna.
A new geothermal spa opened in Laugarvatn along the popular Golden Circle route in June 2011. The Fontana Spa is built over a natural hot spring that Icelanders have been visiting since the 1930s. Steam rises through special grates on the floor creating a natural sauna.
There are several rooms of varying temperatures, indoor-outdoor mineral baths as many other relaxing spa amenities to enjoy in the beautiful Lake Laugarvatn environment.
Landmannalaugar in Iceland’s uninhabited interior is an ideal location to encounter untouched nature including natural hot springs where you can soak outside surrounded by lava walls and the colorful rhyolite mountains.
This legendary bathing spot at Reykir in Skagafjordur in North Iceland is the bathing place of Grettir the Strong from Saga lore. Located by the seaside with amazing views, the geothermal pool has been constructed with natural stones.
The colorful thermal area between the glaciers Langjokull and Hofsjokull is known as Hveravellir. Here you can enjoy outdoor natural bathing in the middle of expansive scenery under the open sky. This natural hot spring ‘in the middle of nowhere’ is ornate with colorful silica deposits.
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