Get Steamy In Iceland At These 5 Hot Lagoons

13 March 2015

It's hard to think of a multi-sensory experience more Zen and restorative than bathing in a hot spring surrounded by snow in the middle of nowhere underneath the northern lights.

There are several locations where this is possible in Iceland, many of which are not far from the Keflavik international airport.

So before you head to the malls and skyscrapers, here are some cleansing, bubbling waters to thrash about in like a majestic whale.

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Blue Lagoon (Blaa Lonid)

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 Bask in the outflow of a geothermal powerstation at Iceland's Blue Lagoon. Picture: Getty Images

Situated between the International Airport and the capital Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon is the best known lagoon and the most touristy, but still very special.

Sunk into black lava rubble, the opaque aquamarine water makes it feel like you're floating in a giant cocktail.

There's a bar and mud treatments by the water's edge and while it's not actually completely natural – the water is outflow from a nearby geothermal power station – it is the most visually spectacular lagoon.

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Secret Lagoon (Gamla Laugin)

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 What could be better than the aurora borealis? Seeing it from a hot spring. Picture: Getty Images

As the name implies, this spring is little, located in the snowy wilderness near the village of Fludir, and very unspoiled.

A tiny changing-room cabin has a fridge stocked with beer and wine and the water is an amazing temperature – like when you get in a bath and it's just verging on too hot.

Go at night and, weather permitting, the aurora borealis will be unfurling above you.


Want more of the aurora borealis? How To See The Northern Lights In The Yukon

Discover more of this Nordic country: Road Tripping In Iceland


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Viti

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 The astonishing lake that sits in a crater at Viti. Picture: Getty Images

Created in an explosion that blew debris as far as Denmark in 1875, this crater is only accessible for a couple of weeks during the summer but is like setting foot on another planet.

Just watch out for scalding sulphurous vents around the edge.

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Landmannalaugar

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 Hard to get to, but the 'people's pools' in Iceland are so worth it. Picture: Getty Images

These 'people's pools' are a real challenge to get to – lots of driving up mountains and through shallow rivers – but if you can make it (or organise a jeep tour) you'll find hot springs nestled between the hills.

This is mother nature, not tourist attraction, so parts will be cold, parts will be boiling hot, and you'll need to wander upstream until you find a suitable mix.

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Grjotagja

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 The hidden beauty of Iceland's Grjotagja hot pool. Picture: Getty Images

This pool, situated inside a cave near lake Myvatn, is so beautiful it was scoped out by Game of Thrones producers and used in an episode.

Temperatures vary according to Iceland's seismic activity as the pool sits on tectonic plates, but locals say it's been good for bathing since 2004.

 

This article was written by Christopher Hooton from The Independent and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Christopher Hooton

Christopher Hooton is a Senior Reporter for Independent.co.uk.