You cannot travel to Iceland and not experience just a few of the best Iceland hot springs! Hot springs in Iceland are a right of passage; even locals regularly use them.
Iceland has enough geothermal pools, spas, and natural hot springs to fill up every day of your Iceland itinerary. This is only the tip of the iceberg regarding places to soak in Iceland.
Unless you want to get pruney and never dry off, you won’t have time for them all. Some of these Iceland hot springs are popular tourist attractions, and a few aren’t much more than a hole in the ground. We’ve broken down some of the best hot springs in Iceland, and no, there is no mention of the famous Blue Lagoon because you’ve likely heard about that one already!
The Best Iceland Hot Springs
Reykjadalur Natural Hot Spring River
Reykjadalur is one of the more popular natural hot springs in Iceland, given its proximity to Reykjavik. Just a 40-minute drive southeast Reykjadalur makes a great spot to come for a day hike and dip. Reykjadalur actually means “steam valley” in Icelandic, and once you get to Reykjadalur, you will understand the name.
Steam here is abundant, heavy, and carries a strong sulfur smell – but you’re in Iceland so embrace it! There is a nice wooden cabin along the river with changing dividers. It’s a bit of a hike (45 minutes) to get here, so prepare to take a travel backpack with all your essentials like a water bottle and travel towel.
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Gamla Laugin, otherwise known as the Secret Lagoon in Fludir is a natural hot spring in Iceland that is fit to handle many people. In the late 1800s, Gamla Laugin was a place for locals to bathe and learn how to swim. It fell into disrepair in the 1940s but has since been renovated.
It’s almost comparable to the famous Blue Lagoon, but at 2800 ISK, it is a fraction of the price. The water at the Secret Lagoon is always between 38-40 C, and there’s even a little geyser nearby that guests can enjoy while relaxing. If you’re here in the winter you may even be able to spot the Northern Lights while soaking up the pure Icelandic air.
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Seljavallalaug Hot Mountainside Pool
I’ve discussed the beauty of Seljavallalaug before on this blog, and I truly think it’s one of the best places to visit in all of Iceland. Seljavallalaug itself is a 25-meter pool set deep in a beautiful valley.
It was built in 1923, making it the oldest pool in Iceland still in operation. Once you arrive after a bumpy car ride and 15-minute hike you’ll see just how old and majestic this pool remains and why it’s one of the best Iceland hot springs.
While this pool is fed by hot springs, we found it to be lukewarm when we arrived. There is no maintenance at this pool, and it’s said that it is only cleaned once a year, so be prepared for that. Also, arrive with your swimsuits on as the changing rooms are uh…less than desirable. Most people come here for the stunning valley views and Instagram photos.
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Gudrunarlaug Natural Hot Pool
Gudrunarlaug is a hidden Iceland hot spring in the west of the country that is tiny and not really anything fancy. The current pool, which was built in 2009 after a mudslide, is shallow and can comfortably fit six to eight people at a time. The area surrounding Gudrunarlaug is considered a Viking area and is where the Vikings from a few Icelandic Sagas actually lived.
This hot spring is set in the great Icelandic nature and isn’t very well worn on the tourist trail. There is no entrance fee, and you can still find small changing rooms nearby!
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Landbrotalaug Natural Hot Spring
Landbrotalaug is one of those Icelandic hot springs that are a bit harder to find. Landbrotalaug is under a two-hour drive from Reykjavik, right after Eldborg and right before the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Google Maps has the correct position marked for this hot spring even though it is tiny.
How tiny? Well, you will be able to fit two people – maybe three if you’re lucky. Landbrotalaug is hidden, and off the main tourist path, but if you time it wrong and you won’t get a chance to enjoy it.
That’s exactly what happened to us when we changed and got ready to go soak up the warm water. When we walked up to the small hole, we found a naked couple enjoying their time with no intention to leave. Just be warned that it does not fit many people, so it may not be worth a special trip, but rather a stop if you are already driving by.
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Stóragjá is one of the most stunning Iceland hot springs found next to the village of Reykjahlið near Lake Mývatn that is another fantastic natural hot springs in Iceland. It can be hard to find and overlooked by Grótagjá Cave.
Because of the journey to get here, it may not be great for everyone. Visitors will have to squeeze through a tight ravine and get into a cave using ropes and steps to see the beautiful blue water.
However, when you reach the crystal clear warm water, your efforts will be well rewarded. The temperatures here are technically considered safe for bathing, but it can get scorching, so it is discouraged, and you must enter at your own risk.
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Hoffell Hot Tubs
If you’re traveling around the Ring Road, this place is easily accessible when driving towards east Iceland near the town of Höfn. Hoffell Hot Tubs are basically natural hot tubs in the middle of nowhere where you can relax with your friends, or even meet new ones and drink an Icelandic beer together.
These hot springs used to be a self-service place, and you paid 500 ISK to enter, but now they are a bit more commercialized and more expensive. Run by Glacier World now you can enjoy the hot springs for 2000 ISK, as well as enjoy other activities in the area like go for short hikes, enjoy the scenery and wildlife. There are also charming old renovated houses to stay. Booking accommodation includes admission to the hot tubs as well!
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Fosslaug Hot Spring
Unlike the Blue Lagoon, Fosslaug is entirely natural, and its picturesque location right next to the Húseyjarkvísl River and Reykjafoss makes it even more special.
The experience of immersing oneself in the freezing cold river and then soaking in the perfectly warm Icelandic hot spring is nothing short of magical.
To find the elusive Fosslaug, start by traveling to the town of Varmahlíð in northern Iceland. From there, head to a dirt parking lot located at 65°29’57.2″N, 19°22’47.8″W (65.499222, -19.379944 if using Google Maps). Once you pass through the pedestrian gate, follow the path toward Reykjafoss and cross the bridge located just after the waterfall. As soon as you cross the small, grassy hill, you’ll arrive at Fosslaug!
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Mývatn Nature Baths
If you’re looking for natural hot springs in Iceland, Mývatn Nature Baths are among the best. Comparable to the Blue Lagoon in South Iceland, these baths in North Iceland are more affordable and, in my view, more delightful. I highly recommend taking a soak here – it’s one of the top things to do in Myvatn.
The atmosphere is incredibly calm and peaceful, making it the perfect spot to unwind in nature. The water temperature is carefully maintained at a comfortable range of 36° to 40°C, having been cooled from its original temperature of 130°C.
The surrounding scenery is truly breathtaking, particularly during the winter months when the area is blanketed in snow. Since these baths are situated in a less-traveled region of northern Iceland, particularly during the challenging winter weather, you can enjoy the solitude.
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Laugarvatn Fontana Hot Springs
Situated conveniently between Þingvellir and Geysir on the Golden Circle route, Laugarvatn Fontana is a stunning geothermal hot spring and spa that offers the perfect opportunity to unwind in the afternoon.
You can either take a dip in the picturesque lake or choose from the variety of pools, each of which is maintained at a different temperature, ranging from lukewarm to hot tub temperature.
Personally, I adored having the option to switch between my preferred pools when I got too hot or cold, and there’s definitely something for everyone here! In addition, there’s a dining area where you can try out the traditional rye bread baked by burying it in hot sand.
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GeoSea Sea Baths
Situated in Husavik, the warm waters in the geothermal baths at GeoSea Sea Baths are heated by seawater instead of natural spring water like many of the other hot baths around the country.
This means the water is infused with salt along with other soothing minerals that are great for the mind, body and soul. As a bonus, this water, which hovers around 37°C, doesn’t need to have any chemicals added due to the salt content.
As you soak in the relaxing pools, you’ll enjoy views of Skjalfandi Bay and the distant mountains. If you’re there at the right time, you may even catch a glimpse of a whale swimming by or the Northern Lights glimmering in the night sky.
Laugavallalaug Hot Spring
- Location: 701, Iceland (GPS)
You’ve likely heard of hot springs and geothermal pools before reading this article but have you heard of natural hot waterfalls? I know I haven’t but the next time I go to Iceland, I’ll be checking out Laugavallalaug where one of these waterfalls exists.
Located in a remote area of the Eastern Highland region of the country, it takes a bit of an effort to reach this unique site. You’ll need a rugged vehicle to navigate the rough seven-kilometer road to reach it and once there, it’s only a 200-meter hike to reach the main hot pool. Alternatively, you can hike the whole way. The waterfall pours into the natural pool and is truly a sight to behold!
Kvika Foot Bath
- Location: 5X6R+XM5, 170 Seltjarnarnes (GPS)
It’s a hot tub but perhaps not the kind you’re used to because it’s only deep enough to soak your feet! I’m talking about the Kvika Foot Bath found near Reykjavik. While it’s not naturally made, it’s certainly surrounded by lovely views of the coast and distant mountains.
The warm water of this bath reaches a temperature of up to 39°C.
The location is also popular for watching the sunset or catching a glimpse of the northern lights and it’s always free to use the pool and hang out in the area.
Hvammsvik Hot Springs
A spa located in a fjord can’t be anything but spectacular, right? Well, when it comes to Hvammsvik Hot Springs in the Hvalfjordur Fjord, this certainly rings true! Just picture yourself bathing in relaxing hot springs while admiring the spectacular Northern Lights.
This spa features eight natural hot spring pools of different sizes and varying water temperatures.
The spa itself is actually built into old barracks that were used during World War II but the most unique feature is how well it incorporates the best of both worlds; the authentic spa experience and nature.
Some of the pools are located close enough to the shoreline so that during high tide, ocean water flows into the pools and they are cooled during certain hours of the day. Also on site is a cooling plunge pool and the Stormur Bistro and Bar.
Guests can also participate in paddleboarding and yoga classes. All this is surrounded by the spectacular mountain and coastal scenery of the area and is located only a short distance away from Reykjavik.
Hveravellir Hot Spring
The central highland nature reserve that’s home to the Hveravellir hot springs is considered by many to be one of the most pristine natural areas left on the entire European continent. Part of the area is dotted by lava fields and bubbling, steaming fumaroles and of course, there’s the hot spring lagoon itself.
It’s bordered by two of Iceland’s biggest glaciers so you can imagine the view you’ll have as you soak in the warm, mineral-rich waters.
Located in western Iceland, Krauma Spa is strategically placed adjacent to the most powerful hot spring in all of Europe. The water that comes from the Deildartunguhver Hot Spring is boiling hot so before you enjoy it, it’s cooled with fresh glacial water.
There are six marble tubs to choose from and as one of the best Iceland hot springs all of them have spectacular views. Also on-site are several saunas and a restaurant.
Hreppslaug Hot Spring
Hreppslaug Geothermal Pool in the Skorradalur Valley of western Iceland has been around much longer than many of the newer spas around the country. It was built in 1928 but recently saw some renovations to the on-site facilities.
The facility has historical significance and is currently protected by the Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland. Preservation of the site is ongoing to ensure it can be enjoyed for generations to come. On-site, you’ll find two hot pools, changing rooms and showers.
While you won’t find any of the luxury facilities that some of the more modern spas around the country have, you’ll appreciate the countryside appeal and natural surroundings without the huge crowds.
Hrunalaug Hot Spring
- Location: Sólheimar, 846 Flúðir (GPS)
The town of Fludir is situated just outside of Reykjavik and is home to a small but magical hot spring surrounded by stone walls and immersed in nature. The thing that makes it different from many of the other hot springs in the country is it’s located on private property and maintained with donations provided by visitors.
The owner is very welcoming as long as visitors are respectful of the property. Once upon a time, the owner kept sheep and the Hrunalaug pool was used to wash the animals. No worries though; today, only humans bathe in the warm, relaxing water of Hrunalaug Hot Spring.
Hellulaug Hot Spring
Located in the Westfjords, Hellulaug features a small pool with geothermal waters reaching a relaxing 38°C. Despite its position right next to a road, you wouldn’t even know it’s there unless you’re looking for it! Access to the sea is nearby so you can cool off after your relaxing dip in the warm water.
Hljomskalagardur Wading Pool
- Location: 43Q6+V95, 101 Reykjavík (GPS)
If you’re traveling with young children and want to introduce them to the wonders of geothermal pools, the Hljomskalagardur Wading Pool, located in a beautiful park right in the center of Reykjavik, is the perfect place to start!
The pool is only 30 centimeters deep and is located next to Lake Tjornin. Adults can soak their feet in the these Reykjavik hot springs, and enjoy warm mineral waters while kids enjoy running and splashing around.
Landmannalaugar Hot Spring
- Location: 851, Iceland (GPS)
The landscape of the Iceland Highlands is truly unique and truly beautiful. Set deep in that mountainous terrain is an incredible place that only adventurous souls would attempt to reach!
This place known as Landmannalauger is home to several natural geothermal pools. These are just the right temperature to provide a relaxing rest to the hardy adventurers and nature lovers who trek in the area during the summer months.
The catch? You can only reach the area by four-wheel-drive because you’ll need to cross some rivers and streams to get there. As you laze around in those warm waters, you’ll enjoy incredible views of meadows bordered by towering mountains.
Viti in Askja
- Location: 660, Iceland (GPS)
The Viti Crater in Askja in eastern Iceland was created by a volcanic eruption that occurred in 1875. Inside this crater today is a natural geothermal pool with temperatures that can reach as high as 30°C.
People come from all over to bathe in these waters but the site comes with a precaution; the water in certain parts of the crater can become unbearably hot so you need to know where it’s safe to enter. It’s also quite a hike down to the crater, and keep i mind you are swimming in active volcano, so do all your research and pay attention to conditions.
Krossneslaug Hot Spring
The water that flows into the Krossneslaug Pool near the Westfjords comes from the hot springs that are situated in the nearby mountains. The long drive on a gravel road gives the location a remote feel which makes it all that much more relaxing. The views are a welcome bonus!
Kerlingarfjöll Hot Spring
- Location: 846, Iceland (GPS)
Situated in a serene setting between two mountains, Kerlingarfjoll Hot Spring is unique due to the amount of iron in the water. If your body is low in this mineral, soaking in this hot spring is a great way to get your iron level up but anyone can reap the benefits!
While facilities are minimal at the actual hot spring site, a lovely resort is close by so you have somewhere to stay if you want to hang around the area a bit longer.
Forest Lagoon Hot Springs
Just as the name suggests, Forest Lagoon and its two geothermal infinity pools are bordered by trees and lush foliage. It looks out over the Eyjafjordur Fjord in a beautiful region of northern Iceland.
Besides the two pools, a sauna, a quiet room, a cold tub and a restaurant are also on site. The spa is open until midnight each day so it’s the perfect place to head to when you want to unwind after a long day of exploring.
- Location: 806, Iceland (GPS)
Some hot springs in Iceland are not suitable for bathing but are still worth a visit! Geysir is currently dormant but the water is way too hot to bathe in. You can see the steaming pools as you explore the area and there are several smaller geysers nearby that erupt every few minutes, creating a fascinating natural display.
It’s very important to follow the signs and warnings that are posted because the water can reach 100°C and even the ground in some areas is too hot to walk on. Bring the camera and get ready to watch this water fly into action!
Sky Lagoon is very popular with both residents and tourists alike. This geothermal spa in Kopavogur is fairly new having just opened in 2021. It’s a favorite with tourists who make their base in the capital city of Reykjavik because it’s only 15 minutes away, making it one of the best Reykjavik hot springs!
Regulars often refer to the spa as the place where the sea meets the sky due to the spectacular views of both. In fact, many people plan their visit around times when they are most likely to catch the northern lights or a colorful sunset.
Of course, there are always views of scenic Skerjafjordur Bay! The lagoon is surrounded by natural features and on-site, you’ll find an infinity pool with water reaching 37°C to 40°C, a sauna, a steam room, a cold mist room, a glacial pool and a bar serving a variety of beverages. The Sky Café serves light meals and snacks and the Smakk Bar serves authentic Icelandic dishes.
Nautholsvik Hot Spring
Among the many pools and hot tubs around Reykjavic, Nautholsvik stands out from them all. This geothermal-heated beach features a hot tub at the edge of the sea featuring temperatures that hover around 35°C and a shallow warm pool. A sauna and café are also on-site and entry to this attraction is free during the summer.
Grjotagja Hot Spring
- Location: J4G8+FQW, 660 Reykjahlíð (GPS)
Grjotagja is most famously known for being featured in a scene on a popular television drama but despite looking like a beautiful place to submerge into some warm geothermal waters, it’s currently not suitable for bathing.
The water is getting hotter with time and currently can reach up to 50°C. However, the beauty of the spring alone is worth the stop if you happen to be exploring northern Iceland!
While every hot spring in Iceland is different, Vok Baths are truly unique. The geothermal pools actually float on a beautiful lake! Hot springs are not all that common in Eastern Iceland but not long ago, Lake Urridavatn revealed a long-hidden secret after residents noticed that some parts of the lake didn’t freeze in the coldest weather.
On-site, you’ll find two floating pools, an inside pool, a steam room and a bistro. You can even take a cool dip in the lake if you wish! The geothermal water in this region is the only water in the country that’s used to brew teas and you can enjoy a selection of these organic herbal teas during your visit.
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Plan Your Trip to Iceland
Book a camper!
A campervan is the best way to get around Iceland on a budget. While a camper is slightly more expensive than a car, you can sleep and cook in it! Meaning you don’t have to search for any hotels or deal with expensive restaurants in Iceland. Plus you get to sleep in nature every night and still use a heater if you wish! If you want to travel with a Happy Campers van like we did (and you should they are the BEST!) make sure to read our full review. You can easily book using this link, but make sure to book well in advance during high season.
Book a Tour
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Things to do in Iceland
There are literally so many things to do in Iceland I could write a book about it. Unfortunately, I don’t have that kind of time so I’m showing you the ultimate Iceland bucket list here. Some things that are a must do are go to an Iceland swimming pool, soak in a natural hot spring, stand under a waterfall, and see the Northern Lights.
Photography Gear for Iceland
A high-quality camera is an important packing item for Iceland if you want some great shots while on your vacation. We travel with our and 200mm telephoto lens. Drones have sort of taken Iceland by storm, and can capture fantastic footage as well. We had our DJI Mavic in Iceland, but make sure to use your drone responsibly as many locals are getting increasingly annoyed at the sight of them.
Whatever you do don’t forget a travel tripod for Iceland – especially if you plan on photographing the Northern Lights. You’ll need one for the long exposures.
Is Iceland Expensive?
Iceland is mega expensive. One of the most expensive countries in the entire world actually. Make sure that you plan accordingly and in line with your budget. It’s certainly possible to do Iceland on a budget of less than $100 if you are camping, cooking all your own basic meals, and traveling by public transport or score a good deal on a rental. The good news is that nature is free, and you’ll be able to see Iceland’s beauty without paying for it. So yes – it’s completely doable to have an affordable Iceland vacation.
If you plan on drinking be sure to pick up duty free alcohol before you leave the airport. A pint of beer can easily run you $15-$20!
Helpful Iceland Travel Tips
- Icelanders speak Icelandic, but every single person I came across spoke English.
- The local currency is the Icelandic króna (ISK). ATM’s are found throughout the country
- Have I mentioned Iceland is expensive? Well, it is! Save money by eating in and cooking for yourself. Check out our Iceland grocery store guide for all the tips!
- Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world; however, it’s always important to use common sense when walking alone at night.
- Tipping is not customary in Iceland.
- Iceland has strong internet infrastructure and you should be able to easily stay connected.