10 Magical Geothermal Springs To Visit That Aren’t The Blue Lagoon

Known as the land of fire and ice, Iceland is a popular destination among travelers. This northern island is known for its hospitality, rich traditions and breathtaking landscapes. Iceland is celebrated as one of the best destinations in the world, offering travelers a rainbow of experiences. Specifically, Iceland’s Blue Lagoon remains a major attraction for tourists, which means it can get pretty one crowded during peak holiday season. While the milky blue waters of the lagoon are worth a visit, this northern country is blessed with dozens of geothermal springs worthy of a dip.



Are you going to Iceland? Before booking this Blue Lagoon excursion, consider visiting these hot springs instead!

ten Myvatn Nature Baths

  • Business hours
    : Monday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

  • Admission cost
    : 41.86 USD (5,900 ISK)

The journey to Myvatn is quite long, as it is 473 km from Reykjavík or 89 km from Akureyri. However, this nature bath is the quieter counterpart of Blue Lagoon. Bathe among the billowing smoke and wispy clouds of Myvatn while enjoying the comfortably warm waters of this lagoon. When you embark on the Diamond Tour of Iceland, the natural baths of Myvatn are a must in the region!


9 Reykjadalur hot spring thermal river

  • Business hours
    : Monday – Sunday, 24 Hours

  • Admission cost
    : Free

  • To note:
    Read the signs before swimming—
    not all
    the hot springs are swimmable
    along the hike!

Also known as Steam Valley, Reykjadalur is a feast for the senses. This beautiful natural hot spring is only accessible by hiking, which can take a few hours. However, those who persist with the hike will be rewarded with Reykjadalur, which sits comfortably among Icelandic valleys and waterfalls. Walk around the area to marvel at the natural scenery before taking a dip in the naturally warm waters of the river.


8 sky lagoon

  • Business hours
    : Monday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. | Saturday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

  • Admission cost
    : From 56.69 USD (7,990 ISK)

  • To note
    : Young people under the age of 12 are
    not
    allowed in Sky Lagoon

Are you staying a few days in Reykjavík? Instead of visiting the Blue Lagoon, visit the Sky Lagoon instead! Only minutes away from the city center, this newly built thermal spa offers a tranquil Icelandic bathing experience. Enjoy the traditional 7-step bathing ritual to rejuvenate the senses, which includes time spent in the sauna, heated pools and a cold dip! For hungry visitors, the Sky Lagoon offers light snacks and drinks at the Smakk Bar, Sky Cafe or Pool Bar.


seven Vok Baths

  • Business hours
    : Monday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

  • Admission cost
    : From 42.50 USD (5,990 ISK)

  • To note
    : Opening hours vary from season to season

Opened in 2019, Vök Baths is a relatively new geothermal area in Egilsstaðir. Vök Baths enjoys the reputation of being Iceland’s only infinity pool, overlooking the crystal clear waters of Lake Urriðavatn. These baths may not be as huge as the Blue Lagoon, but they still offer a peaceful bathing experience in the beautiful Icelandic landscape. Additionally, visitors can enjoy a drink at the pool bar or grab a light lunch at Vök Bistro.

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6 Gamla Laugin (Secret Lagoon)

  • Business hours
    : Monday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Admission cost
    : 21.28 USD (3,000 ISK)

  • To note
    : Bathing suit and towel rental is available for 6.39 USD (900 ISK)

Since 1981, the Gamla Laugin geothermal pools of Hverahólmi have been fed by nearby geyser activities. Maintaining a constant temperature of 38-40°C (or 103-104°F) year-round, Secret Lagoon is only a short drive from Reykjavík, making it a great alternative to the very popular Blue Lagoon. frequented!


5 Reykjafjarðarlaug Hot Pool

  • Business hours
    : Monday – Sunday, 24 Hours

  • Admission cost
    : Sorry

  • To note
    : Admission to the pools is free, but donations are greatly appreciated

Don’t expect to find a world-class spa at Reykjafjarðarlaug Thermal Pool. However, this community-run pool comes with a unbelievable backdrop of the Reykjafjörður fjord. In addition, this hot pool is located nearby the road, so it is easily accessible by car! Dive into these warm waters, which can reach temperatures of 40°C (or 104°F) due to nearby volcanic activity.

4 geomer

  • Business hours
    : Monday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

  • Admission cost
    : 39.02 USD (5,500 ISK)

  • To note:
    Opening hours vary from January to August

There’s more to Iceland than the Blue Lagoon, like Geosea’s geothermal sea baths! The mineral-rich waters of the pools come from two places: an old cheese barrel in Húsavíkurhöfði (which serves as a reservoir for warm seawater) and the port of Húsavík. All in all, Geosea is a perfect way to relax after exploring Húsavík, the whale capital of Iceland!

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3 forest lagoon

  • Business hours
    : Monday – Sunday, 10:00 – 00:00

  • Admission cost
    : 42.50 USD (5,990 ISK)

  • To note
    : Towel rental starts at US$6.39 (ISK 900) per person

This new spa is located in the middle of the serene forest of Vaðlaskógur and a short drive from Akureyri. This stunning geothermal spa features heated infinity pools, a swim-up bar and a sauna. Compared to its Blue Lagoon counterpart, this spa offers a quieter experience, as it can only accommodate 200 visitors!

2 Guðlaug Baths

  • Business hours
    : Wednesday – Friday, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

  • Admission cost
    : US$3.55 (ISK 500)

  • To note
    : Children under 15 are free; hours vary between May and August 31

While the Blue Lagoon offers breathtaking views of Iceland’s volcanic terrain, the Guðlaug Baths in Akranes offers breathtaking views of the beach. This property features three levels: a viewing deck on top and two heated pools on the lower risers. Appreciate stunning sea views while enjoying a hot bath at Guðlaug Baths!


1 Hveravellir Blue Geothermal Pool

  • Business hours
    : Monday – Sunday, 24 Hours

  • Admission cost
    : Free

  • To note
    : Although admission is free, there is still an entrance fee (3.55 USD or 500 ISK) to use the shower and toilets in the reserve.

Unlike the Blue Lagoon, the Hveravellir Blue Geothermal Pool is entirely made by nature. Located in the Hveravellir Nature Reserve, this geothermal pool is small. However, travelers who go to Hveravellir can bathe in warm waters while enjoying the wild nature of Iceland!

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