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7 Fabulous Hot Springs and Lagoons in Iceland

The Blue Lagoon may be Iceland’s best-known geothermal hot spring, there are man-made and natural pools and geysers all over the country. Visiting hot springs and Lagoons in Iceland is a must if you visit the country.

Iceland is situated on a ‘hot spot’ on the earth, resulting in a lot of geothermal activity. This mixture of geothermal activity, ice, and fire, means that there are numerous hot springs and geysers to explore. 

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Blue Lagoon Iceland
Photo Courtesy of Iceland Tourism 

It was late June when my son and I arrived in Iceland and it was cold — a high of 53 degrees and low of 46 degrees. Arriving from San Diego this was chilly, considering it was officially summer.

Iceland has been on our travel bucket list and we weren’t the only ones planning a trip to “the land of fire and ice”.  The number of people traveling to Iceland has more than doubled in the last six years, according to the Icelandic Tourist Board, and that number continues to increase by more than 20% a year.

The ultra-low-cost carrier, Wow Airlines, that offers tickets for as low as $100 one-way fare has helped to increase tourism as well as the uber-famous Blue Lagoon.

If you are looking for a full Iceland itinerary, this is a great 7-day Iceland travel plan with some great tips.


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Check out the Top Tours & Day Trips from Iceland

Read Reviews of the Best Hotels in Iceland on TripAdvisor 

1. The Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon Iceland

The Blue Lagoon is located on an 800-year-old lava field on the Reykjanes Peninsula and is so popular reservations are required. The water, a combination of fresh and seawater from the nearby geothermal plant, is about 98 degrees, slightly cooler than your average hot tub.

There are grottoes, steam rooms and an on-site restaurant, so spending at least a half day at the lagoon is recommended. If you are traveling with your family, you can easily spend a full day at the Blue Lagoon with your kids.

Ticket packages range from about $48 to $200The premium package, about $85, is a great option and includes mud and algae masks, a towel, drink of your choice, bathrobe, slippers and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine at Lava, a restaurant at the Blue Lagoon.

2. The Secret Lagoon

The secret lagoon in Iceland

The Secret Lagoon, created in 1891, is one of the oldest swimming pools in Iceland. It’s a popular stop on the 186-mile Golden Circle tour, which also includes the Geysir geyser, the Gullfoss waterfall, and the Kerid Crater Lake. It’s in the small town of Fludir, a little more than an hour’s drive east of Reykjavik. 

The lagoon is not as much of a secret as it once was, but it’s a wonderful chance to experience Iceland’s natural hot springs. This geothermal pool with a spouting geyser is a much quieter alternative to the infamous Blue Lagoon. Before heading to the pool, stop by the bar to pick up a soda, water, or Icelandic beer and enjoy the healing power of the natural hot springs.

3. Jökulsárlón Lagoon

The Jökulsárlón lagoon is located next to Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier in southeastern Iceland. Vatnajökull and its surrounding area is Iceland’s largest national park. The blue waters are dotted with icebergs from the surrounding Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier. The big draw here are the icebergs on the beach in winter and are a sight to behold.  Another fun adventure in Vatnajökull is the ice cave tour from Jökulsárlón.

4. Landmannalaugar Lagoon

Unlike many of lagoons in Iceland, the hot springs in Landmannalaugar* are free. The setting is spectacular and there are some great day hikes as well as the famous Laugavegur trail. After enjoying the epic scenery a dip in the thermal springs is a must.

*Landmannalaugar are only accessible during summertime, and only accessible with a 4WD car (but it’s worth the adventure!).

5. Myvatn Nature Baths

Myvatn Nature Baths 
Photo Courtesy of Iceland Tourism

Myvatn Nature Baths are a mini Blue Lagoon and cost about half as much. They’re not as large and commercial as the Blue Lagoon but that’s their beauty. The entry cost is reasonable and the food and drink prices are very good (by Icelandic standards — because Iceland is expensive in general).

The views from the baths are breathtaking. The geothermal water supplies for the lagoon run straight from the National Power Company’s bore hole in Bjarnarflag with a temperature of about 130°C.  This is an impressive, man-made hot spring. The only thing that could make it better is to see the Northern Lights during a visit to the lagoon!

6. Reykjadalur 

Reykjadalur Hot Spring

Reykjadalur is a hot river and there is no fee. To get there, you’ll have a hike of about an hour. It is a moderately challenging hike with lots of elevation change, so this one is for the more adventurous!

The good news is, that the hike is easier on the way back and the views are spectacular.

The reward is the hot river at the end. The changing facility is open air and sided, but you change so fast due to it being cold it didn’t matter.

The river is deep enough in areas to lay down in, and depending on how far up or down the river you are changed by how warm it is.

The suggested time for hikes and river time is 4 hrs.

7. Kvika Footbath

Kvika footbath has no fee. It is part of a lovely walk around the Seltjarnarnes peninsula just outside of Reykjavik.

It’s a small pool (maybe 5 feet in diameter, 2.5 feet deep) right next to the ocean with beautiful views.

Best Iceland Lagoon & Hot Springs Tours

Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit

A full-day tour of the country’s natural highlights from Reykjavik. This Golden Cirlce Tour is with a professional guide to visit Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and the Geysir hot spring.

Golden Circle, Volcano Crater & Blue Lagoon

This tour includes the Golden Circle, a Volcano Crater a visit to the Blue Lagoon. You’ll see geysers, lakes, waterfalls, and craters plus have time in the warm geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon!

More Day Trips from Reykjavik Top Tours

I love to do a combination of exploring on my own as well as a few organized tours when I travel. I love to learn about the history and culture in a new location and tours with local experts is a great way to do this.

I recommend Viator as well as Get Your Guide because you can cancel most bookings for free up to 24 hours before they start and their customer service is available 24/7 in multiple languages. 

A few Top Tours in Iceland


Traveling To Iceland Soon? Here are a few tips:

How to get there: Iceland is just a 4-hour flight from the East Coast of the US, an 8-hour flight from the West Coast of the US and about 3 hours from the UK. There are multiple airlines that fly there, with Iceland Air and WOW Air being two of the most popular (and often the most affordable). I recommend WOW Air as I have flown with them to both Iceland and Ireland.

Travel insurance: I’m a fan of World Nomads for short-term trips. Protect yourself from possible injury & theft abroad. Read more about why you should always carry travel insurance here.

What to pack: The temperatures each season vary greatly, but even in summer it can be cold. I visited in June and the high was 68 °F (20 °C ). Heading out of Reykjavik for the Golden Circle Tour, it was must cooler. 

I was very happy I brought along fleece-lined leggings, a light down jacket, warm socks (I love Ice Breaker), a waterproof outer layer and rain jacket, and some hiking boots (I love Keen). If you are visiting in Winter, you’ll want to bring heavy-duty layers.

Indispensable Items to Pack for Iceland

Pick up the Lonely Planet guide to Iceland or the Lonely Planet Pocket Guide to Reykjavik.

Get a good quality mirrorless camera for getting amazing photos of the many beautiful sites in Iceland. I use the Sony Alpha a6000 .

Weather is unpredictable, so bring a lightweight umbrella and rain jacket (even in summer you may find areas chilly and rainy).

Waterproof hiking boots are a must. I love Keen because they are lightweight and super comfortable.

A great cross body travel bag. Cross body bags prevent theft and are much easier to access.


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  1. Wow. These lagoons look amazing. A cheap flight to Iceland sounds like a great adventure.

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