Thanks to Iceland’s many volcanoes, you don’t have to look far to find one of the country’s legendary geothermal pools. Bathing in the steamy waters is a quintessential Icelandic experience, so make sure to add one of the following to your itinerary.
Blue Lagoon — 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Reykjavik
The world-famous Blue Lagoon is at the top of many visitors' to-do lists, and at only 40 minute's drive from the capital, it's an incredibly popular choice for a day trip. Slap on a refreshing silica mud mask, grab a beer from the swim-up bar, and relax in the warm, milky blue waters.
Secret Lagoon — 61 miles (98 km) east of Reykjavik
Tucked away in the village of Fludir, the Secret Lagoon makes an easy detour from the popular Golden Circle route. Make the most of the natural hot springs, where the waters are naturally heated to 100 to 104˚F (38–40˚C) and the Northern Lights often glow overhead in the winter months.
Mývatn Nature Baths — 65 miles (105km) east of Akureyri
With startling blue waters and a backdrop of snow-capped peaks, the Mývatn Nature Baths are an idyllic retreat tucked away in the far north of the country. Smaller and less visited than the Blue Lagoon, it's a good option for those wanting to escape the crowds.
Laugarvatn Fontana — 43 miles (70 km) east of Reykjavik
A luxurious spa and wellness center built around a natural lake, Laugarvatn Fontana strikes the perfect balance of natural scenery and modern amenities. Bathe in the natural steam and mineral baths looking out over Lake Laugarvatn, then cool off with a dip in the cool lake waters or tuck into geothermal-baked lava bread at the on-site restaurant.
Reykjadalur Hot Springs — 27 miles (43 km) southeast of Reykjavik
The journey to the Reykjadalur Hot Springs is just as spectacular as the destination—a thrilling hike through the Reykjadalur valley. After trekking past waterfalls, rugged mountains, and bubbling mud pots, reward yourself with a soak in the natural hot springs, an authentic alternative to the more frequented commercial pools.