Pamper yourself in Iceland’s geothermal spas
Iceland is known as the Land of Fire and Ice, as it is home to numerous volcanoes and glaciers, along with countless hot springs and geothermal spas. Iceland is one of the most diverse and beautiful countries with its cascading waterfalls, black sand beaches, ice fields, explosive geysers, and steaming lava fields.
This mysterious land has become a top destination for all travelers around the globe. Iceland, the place of many contrasts, also happens to be the home to some fantastic hot springs and geothermal spas.
Bathing in geothermal waters is an Icelandic tradition founded in the natural presence of hot springs throughout the country, and dates to the earliest settlement.
What is the difference between a hot spring and a geothermal pool?
There’s no secret that Iceland is one of the most active volcanic regions in the world. Thanks to the rich volcanic activity, you can find a wide range of hot springs all around the country.
Ever wondered why the hot springs’ water is warm? The hot water comes to the surface when the groundwater is warmed by the heat of the earth’s crust. Thus, the formation of hot springs and geothermal pools. What’s the difference between these two?
What are natural hot springs?
Hot springs are natural as they are rivers and pools of hot water. Considered nature’s own version of hot tubs, hot springs can be found all across Iceland. Due to fractures in the earth and bedrock, the underground water is continuously heated by magma and then seeps to the surface. This phenomenon only happens in volcanic regions.
Because Iceland is located along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the tectonic plate movement created a deep rift, it also features plenty of volcanos, geysers and hot springs. In some places, the water of these springs comes out at comfortable temperatures, while in others is too hot for bathing. Dipping in natural hot springs is a tradition deep-rooted in the Icelandic culture.
What are geothermal pools/ lagoons?
Geothermal pools or lagoons are mostly created by man, yet the original source of the heat comes from underground geothermal activity. Geothermal pools were made to cool the water to the perfect temperature since the water from the Earth’s crust is extremely hot. The lagoons normally have 100 degrees F waters, making them perfect for swimming.
While some areas have more geothermal activity, hot springs and geothermal pools are all across Iceland. There are more hot springs on the West and South sides of Iceland since it is more active. On the East coast, there is no geothermal hot water, but you will still find some hot springs.
What are the benefits of soaking in Iceland’s hot water?
Among hours of pampering yourself in a calm oasis, soaking in Iceland’s hot water offers you multiple benefits.
Placed in a magical landscape, the geothermal pool’s water is filled with minerals good for your health. The water has healing properties such as improving blood circulation, helping with eczema, and relieving achy joints.
Your skin also benefits from the silica found in the water, as this reduces the appearance of skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema and will help soften the skin and reduce redness. This miracle water also helps with sore joints and muscle pain.
Geothermal spas are a cultural experience
Because bathing in geothermic waters is a long-standing tradition with the Icelandic people, it’s the perfect way to experience the culture of Iceland as well as enjoy a luxurious experience.
Two of the best pools to visit in Iceland are the famous Blue Lagoon and the recently opened Sky Lagoon, which we will be visiting on our trip to Iceland this November. They are the bookends to our fantastic Iceland adventure.
By far, the Blue Lagoon is the most famous spa in Iceland. National Geographic has named it one of “The Top 25 Wonders of the World” due to its unique aspect and light blue, milky water.
The Blue Lagoon is known for its skin benefits due to the seawater minerals and silica in the water. What makes this water special, besides its peculiar color, is its perfect temperature of 98-104 F. With the premium pass, you get the three-step ritual (that’s the package we have in our Iceland trip). The ritual revolves around minerals, silica, and algae; these are elements found in the water. In the spa, you go into three underground chambers, but before you start, you shower off in one of the rain showers; this will happen after each step. The first step of the ritual is a mineral scrub that rejuvenates and exfoliates your skin. The next step is the strengthening and cleansing silica face and body mask. The final step is the algae mask that moisturizes your skin. Since you will likely spend a large portion of your day in Blue Lagoon, there are a variety of options for food. There is a café and other restaurants, and the Lava Restaurant overlooks the lagoon.
The Sky Lagoon opened early in 2021, and it is located south of Reykjavík, at Kársnes Harbour in Kópavogur. Built inside the rock, right by the sea, you can enjoy the lagoon with its 230-foot infinity edge that faces the fantastic coastal scenery.
Similar to the Blue Lagoon, Sky Lagoon has a seven-step ritual inspired by old Icelandic traditions. To start, take a dip in the geothermal lagoon while taking in the surrounding views. Second, submerge yourself in the glacier pool for as long as you like. The third step includes a five to ten-minute steam in the sauna with exceptional views of the lagoon.
Next, walk through mist to cool off, then exfoliate with Sky Lagoon’s body scrub. After, relax in the steam room to maximize the benefits of the scrub as it hydrates your skin. To finish the ritual, take a relaxing rain shower. For food, Sky Lagoon offers a café and a swim-up bar for guests.
When in Iceland, visiting a hot spring or a geothermal spa is a must. Not only are you immersing yourself in nature, but you are also experiencing deeply rooted Icelandic traditions. No matter the time of year or weather, you can enjoy the numerous hot springs and geothermal spas. In addition, you experience the power of geothermal energy.
Join us in Iceland this November and enjoy the amazing sensation of the Icelandic geothermal spas, plus chasing the Northern Lights and seeing the top sights and special experiences we have arranged. Check out the details at: Hidden Powers and Northern Lights