5 hot lagoons in Iceland: From the Blue Lagoon spa to geothermal hot springs | The independent

It’s hard to imagine a more zen and restorative multisensory experience than bathing in a hot spring surrounded by snow in the middle of nowhere under the Northern Lights.

There are several places where this is possible in Iceland, many of which are not far from Keflavík International Airport, where you can now stop on your way to the United States via Icelandair at no additional cost.

So before you head to the malls and skyscrapers, here are some purifying bubbling waters in which you wrestle like a majestic whale.

Blue lagoon (Bláa lónið)

(Blue lagoon)

(Blue lagoon)

The most famous and most touristic lagoon, but still very special.

Buried in the rubble of black lava, the opaque aquamarine water gives the impression of floating in a giant cocktail.

There’s a bar and mud treatments by the water’s edge and while it’s not completely natural – water drains from a nearby geothermal power plant – this is the most visually spectacular lagoon.

Secret Lagoon (Gamla Laugin

Me having a beer in the Secret Lagoon (Photo: Christopher Hooton)


(Secret Lagoon)

As the name suggests, this spring is small, located in the snow-capped wilderness and very unspoiled.

A small locker room has a fridge stocked with beer and wine, and the water is an incredible temperature – like when you take a bath and it’s just too hot.

Go at night and, weather permitting, the Northern Lights will unfurl above you.


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Created in an explosion that blew debris as far as Denmark in 1875, this crater is only accessible for a few weeks during the summer, but it’s like stepping onto another planet.

Just watch out for the roaring sulphurous vents on the edge.


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These “people’s pools” are a real challenge to access – lots of mountains and shallow rivers – but if you can get there (or arrange a jeep tour), you’ll find hot springs nestled between the hills.

It’s mother nature and not a tourist attraction so the parts will be cold, the parts boiling hot and you will have to wander upstream until you find a suitable mix.


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This swimming pool located inside a cave is so beautiful that it has been demarcated by Game of thrones producers and used in a recent episode.

Temperatures vary depending on Iceland’s seismic activity as the pool sits on tectonic plates, but locals say it’s been good for swimming since 2004.

Icelandair celebrates the Northern Lights with a new colorful aircraft – the Hekla Aurora.

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