Hot Springs in Iceland

10 Inexpensive Alternatives to the Blue Lagoon

Iceland is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe, with especially many tourists in Iceland in the summer. But even in the summer in Iceland is not very hot, and sometimes downright cold, which means a hot bath is not bad! It is good that in Iceland there are many hot springs.

But Iceland is not the cheapest country, and visiting the most famous thermal complex Blue Lagoon can cost a pretty penny. And that’s not counting the fact that tickets should be booked in advance – too many people want to visit this attraction.

But what to do if you want to bask in the hot springs, but don’t want to pay too much for it? In this article we will look at the 10 best alternatives to the Blue Lagoon, many of these places are much cheaper and some are free!

Quick’s Hot Tubs near the Grotta Lighthouse

Quick’s Hot Tubs is located right in Reykjavik, albeit on the outskirts of the city. They are not pools in the full sense of the word pool, but small foot baths. However, they are right in Reykjavik, they are free, and they have great views of the Grotta Lighthouse and the ocean.

Seljavallalaug Thermal Pool

Seljavallalaug is the oldest hot spring water pool built in Iceland. It was built in early 1923 and is still in use today. It has since been renovated in 1990. There can be quite a lot of thermophilic algae in this pool, but it does not harm swimming in any way. The pool is not very hot, with a temperature of 20 to 30 degrees Celsius.

Hot River Reykjadalur

This hot river is almost the same distance from Reykjavik as the Blue Lagoon (i.e. about 1 hour drive), but only to the hot part of the river you still have to climb about 40 minutes, but there is plenty of space and the visit is free. The Reykjadalur is a natural river, which means that the water temperature can vary and you can control it a bit by moving to more or less hot spots! Also, this spring is not yet the most hyped tourist spot, there are no equipped showers or restaurants, but there are small windbreaks for changing.

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Reykjadalur River Hot Springs

Reykjadalur Hot Springs

Reykjadalur or Reykjadalur (literally translates as “valley of smoke”) is the closest hot springs area to Reykjavik. It takes 45 minutes to drive to the town of Hveragerd.

Landmannalaugar Thermal Springs

A green oasis in the middle of a mountainous area. A great starting point for hiking. The hot springs are very close to the main camping area. The name can be easily translated as People’s Pools.

It is not easy to get there. Landmannalaugar is a few hours drive from Reykjavik and part of the road is on bad dirt roads. And you can easily take the wrong route and drown your vehicle in the river as a river crossing is required. Please consult the info center before you go there.

This is a very popular place, so the pools can get crowded, but there are changing rooms on site and bathing is completely free.

Laugardalsvollur thermal pools, Laugardalslaug

If you want more comfort, head to the Laugardalsvöllur (Laugardalslaug) public pools, which are open from 6 to 22, and admission for adults is only 1000 ISK. All geothermal pools in Iceland have a Finnish sauna, sometimes a hammam and mini-pools with different temperatures (from 36°C to 43°C) and sometimes the composition of the water. But such places are popular among Icelanders themselves, so if you want to visit such a pool in the evening or on weekends, be prepared for a large number of people.

Hveravellir hot springs

Let’s face it, the main reason people come to Iceland is the incredible scenery. So why not combine bathing in the hot springs with admiring the beautiful Icelandic views. The fact is that the biggest attraction of Hveravellir is that it is in the middle of spectacular scenery. If you translate the name Hveravellir, you get “Hot Springs of the Plains”. It is one of the most famous geothermal areas in Iceland. Many interesting hot springs are located in this area: Bláhver, Öskurhólshver, Eyvindarhver, Bræðrahverir and others. In this area there are huts, shelters, a swimming pool and a weather station, which operates all year round. You should definitely check the road conditions before you go to these springs! Access here is limited in the winter.

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Grettislaig Pool.

This hot spring is not located in the mountainous central Iceland, but on the north end of the island and the ocean shore is a stone’s throw from the pool. The pool is named after the Icelandic hero Grettir Asmupdsson, who is said to have fought monsters and lived as an outcast for a long time. The pool is not very large, but, the scenery is truly breathtaking. And like most remote pools it’s free!

Secret Lagoon.

The Secret Lagoon is a man-made hot spring located in Hverholmi, a geothermal area near the village of Fludir in southern Iceland. The Secret Lagoon is not as busy as the Blue Lagoon, but it is still worth booking a visit in advance in the summer, as the place becomes more popular every year. The cost of a visit is about 2.5-3 times lower than the Blue Lagoon. And you can also combine a visit to the Secret Lagoon with the Golden Ring in a combined tour

Fountain Geothermal Baths.

A really cool pool on the shores of Lake Laugarvatn. In this place it is possible not only to bathe in thermal springs, but also the refreshing waters of the lake. Laugarvatn Fontana geothermal baths are located in the center of the most popular tourist route in Iceland, the Golden Ring. The cost of these pools is about half the price of a visit to the Blue Lagoon.

Geothermal Pool at Lake Miivatn

The natural thermal springs of Myvatn, Myvatn were discovered in 2004 and soon became a popular tourist attraction in Iceland. Moreover, the thermal pools near Lake Myvatn are popular not only among tourists but also among Icelanders. A great alternative to the famous Blue Lagoon. Tangibly less people and tangibly less price. The temperature of the water throughout the bath is pleasant. The closer to the source, the hotter the water. As you move further away, the degree decreases.

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Top 9 hot springs in Iceland

Blue Lagoon Iceland

If we talk about thermal springs, they can safely be called the calling card of Iceland . Back in Viking times, bathing in volcanic pools was quite a popular activity. Some of them survived to this day, but the popularity is not that disappeared, but increased to global proportions. Below you can read about popular springs, in which you can get warm in cold weather. Do not forget about the therapeutic properties of such waters, which allow recovery, help cure diseases and are excellent cosmetic procedures.

Nautholsvik, Reykjavik

Nautholsvik Reykjavik

So, imagine a huge beach with the purest, white sand, and lots of holidaymakers who are always there. And now imagine a temperature of 15 ° and it is the warmest, what is so attracts vacationers? And the answer is very simple – a hot thermal spring. Right next to the beach is a long pool, the water temperature in which reaches 38 °. These are some unique places in Iceland.

Nautholsvik Thermae

Laugardaslaug, Reykjavik

Laugardaslaug basin

This is the largest complex in the country and here you can take advantage not only of unique springs, but also of all the amenities. This complex has a large area with outdoor pools in the open air and indoor pools, and there are separate ones for children and water slides. You can also visit the jacuzzi and sauna. There are recreation areas, bars, cafes, and restaurants. This place is suitable for families with children and young companies.

Laugardaslaug Spa

Blue Lagoon, Reykjanes

Blue Lagoon Reykjanes

This is a very beautiful and popular place. What makes it different is that the water is a beautiful blue color. The water temperature is 40 °, the resort welcomes guests all year round. They come here to gain strength, to relax, to improve their health, and, of course, to get a rejuvenating effect. In addition, tourists are attracted and amazingly beautiful scenery with incredibly beautiful water.

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Blue Lagoon Thermae

Landmannalaugar .

Landmannalaugar Iceland

This place is situated on the edge of the mountains. It is a beautiful and unique place. The fact is that here the hot spring flows out of the lava flow and into the cold water. When you go into the water, you are waiting for an invigorating cold water at first, after a little you get to the stream of hot water. You can stand like this for quite a long time, because such a contrast and the beautiful scenery around, just do not let holidaymakers go.

Landmannalaugar Iceland springs

Snorraleig, Reikholt

Snorraleig Reykholt source

The place got its name thanks to the poet, who loved the thermal pool and constantly visited it. Now the place is quite popular, you can enjoy the tranquility and get the healing effect.

Leirubakki, Gecla

Leirubakki Spring

This place is near a quite famous volcano, called Hecla. It reaches a height of 1500 meters, it is still active and erupts regularly. If you look back in time, the Viking settlement that inhabited these parts, believed that the volcano is nothing but a gateway to hell. The spring itself is located at the foot and you can see the impressive, strong and powerful volcano. The pool itself is small and fits no more than 4 people, but the place itself is definitely worth seeing.

Jardbodin, Miwatne

Hot Lake Miivatn

This is a whole hot lake, which is very popular among tourists for several reasons. First of all, it is a lake with hot water, where you can get warm on cold days. In addition, it is worth mentioning the landscape, which is quite different from the usual lakeside recreation. There are pits in which the boiling mud, red-hot lava and these volcanic cones. The views are breathtaking and stunning. But that’s not all. The spring is located on the Miwatn Hill, this is where people come to see the northern lights.

Griotgya, Miwatne

Griotgya Miivatn

This place until 1970 was a popular tourist destination, where people came to relax and bathe. But then there was a volcanic eruption and the water was split. Now it is a flooded underground fissure. If you come here in winter, you can get warm in the hot water. Although this place will not be ideal for a vacation, but it certainly deserves attention because of its uniqueness.

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Viti, Askia.

Askja Viti

This is a chain of lakes, which were formed after the eruption of a volcano. It happened in 1875. Minus is a long and difficult road, but the incredible beauty of the scenery is worth every minute spent on the road.

Askja Viti

As you can see, Iceland can surprise and conquer. A huge number of places that are unique and unrepeatable in their own way. If you are going on a trip, think about the routes and places of stops, it is better to book in advance. You can contact a travel company where you can choose a tour of any duration with places to visit that will be of interest to you.

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