Iceland’s best hot springs that aren’t the Blue Lagoon – including a hidden grotto

Iceland’s hot springs are famous the world over, with the Blue Lagoon hailed as an iconic spot – but there are plenty more beautiful places to explore

Iceland has amazing hot springs that you’ll want on the to-do list

There are so many amazing places to visit in Iceland – and its ridiculously beautiful hot springs are no exception.

A big part of Icelandic culture and dating back to the Viking settlement, they are also said to provide a myriad of health benefits such as boosting blood circulation. (There’s a reason many locals think hot springs are the key to their good mood and low stress level!).

If you’re planning to visit Iceland and can’t wait to immerse yourself in 38 degree water, you probably have the Blue Lagoon on your to-do list with its turquoise waters and misty bottoms found everywhere. on social networks. .

While it’s definitely earned its reputation as Iceland’s must-see spot, there are also plenty of other hot springs that intrepid explorers won’t want to miss – check out our top picks below.

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Myvatn Nature Baths







The Myvatn baths are a must if you’re dying for an Instagram selfie in the sulfur blue water…
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Nestled in the north of Iceland, surrounded by Martian landscapes and steaming geysers, the natural baths of Myvatn are arguably the Blue Lagoon’s biggest rival.

The man-made hot spring offers the same mystical blue waters heated to a relaxing 36-40 degrees, but is often less crowded and more intimate than the Blue Lagoon.

It also has a swim-up bar, hot tub, steam rooms and a restaurant. But, just like the Blue Lagoon, entry can cost you up to 5,000 IKR (just under £30) in high season.

Vok Baths







At Bains Vok, you can go directly from water at 38 degrees to the plunging temperatures of the lake…
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Vok Baths may not have that sulphur-blue water that tourists seem to love – but they have an edge over all of their competition…

Located to the east, Vok Baths has the only floating infinity pools in Iceland: with temperatures ranging from 38 degrees to 41 degrees!

If the high temperatures get too high, don’t worry, as visitors can jump straight into the wild Urridavatn Lake to cool off. It’s like your own plunge pool – if you’re brave enough…

Vok Baths also has a pool bar, bistro, steam room and cold mist showers. But this idyllic attraction comes at a steep price of at least £35.

Krosslaug







If you’re traveling to the Westfjords, these heated pools are a must
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If you’re lucky, you might even spot the Snaefellsjokull Glacier
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What’s better than a free hot spring? TWO free hot springs!

If you manage to get to the Westfjords (which I highly recommend you do), you’ll quickly come across the Krosslaug geothermal pools.

Looking out over the Snaefellsjokull glacier – these heated pools are tucked away away from the hustle and bustle, so chances are you’ll have them all to yourself if you arrive early.

Just a quick warning – there are few pools in Iceland with the same name – so be sure to head to the one in the Westfjords. It is located just off the famous Ring Road.

Drangsnes Hot Pots







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Staying in the unspoilt Westfjords, where the sheep own the roads and the Greenland Sea follows you everywhere, is also the Drangsnes Hot Pots.

They’re pretty easy to miss – so be sure to slow down when Google Maps says you’re nearby.

These three heated mini-pools are located along the shore and are a great way to meet the locals, relax and have a beer. There are also stunning sea views (if you’re lucky you might even spot a seal or two).

There is no set fee to visit Drangsnes Hot Pots, but you can donate to the Honesty Box to help maintain its upkeep.

Krauma Natural Geothermal Baths







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Krauma will leave you completely zen – just bring your own towel to avoid extra charges!
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If you’re only in Iceland for a few days, you may not have enough time to fit the Fjords into your itinerary. Fear not, Krauma’s natural geothermal baths are only an hour’s drive from Reykjavik.

Open all year round, Krauma’s hot water comes from Europe’s most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver, at a scorching 100°C.

Boasting five hot baths, with temperatures up to 40 degrees, a titillating ice pool for adrenaline junkies, two steam rooms and a relaxation room – Krauma is the epitome of paradise.

Adult entry costs around £26 (4,500 IKR), but is well worth it. Be sure to bring your own towel to avoid the 900 ISK fee.

Grjotagja







The water in the cave is surprisingly warm and clear – but entering can be rather dicey
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Only in Iceland can you come across a cave with a geothermal pool. This is the one you can’t miss – but be careful as entering the water can be a bit dangerous (it’s actually stairs held up by a rope).

The water isn’t quite as warm as the natural baths at Myvatn, which are only a short drive away – but it’s the one to tick off your bucket list.

Grjótagjá is off the beaten path and you are almost guaranteed to be the only ones there (or at least the only person willing to dive into the dark).

Fosslaug (near Reykjafoss)







Only in Iceland can you walk two minutes from a waterfall to find a stunning natural hot spring…
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Ok – we warned you it might be a bit confusing. Fosslaug hot spring (the one near Reykjafoss waterfall) is different from the one in the Westfjords – but it’s just as dreamy.

There is free parking just a ten minute walk from the waterfall. After admiring the breathtaking view, keep walking and you will find this pleasant natural hot spring.

It may feel a little cooler than some of the man-made baths, but it’s still warm enough to enjoy an hour or two of relaxation, and has great views of the river and rocky terrain.

This place can get a bit crowded, so it’s best to avoid peak periods or peak seasons.

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Geosea is located in Husavik – a small town ideal for whale watching and sailing
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Geosea is like the older, more sophisticated brother of the Blue Lagoon. There are no murky blue waters or foaming masks — just warm pools, a swim-up bar, and a glass steam room.

It’s located in the small fishing town of Husavik (great for whale watching, sailing, and escaping Rejkavic’s business) and has stunning ocean views.

Can you imagine swimming in 39 degree water watching the Northern Lights dance across the sky?

Adult entry costs around £26 (beer, towels and swimwear not included), but many companies offer discount coupons if you book one of their tours.

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