I never imagined that I would be in a bathing suit everyday on my trip to Iceland but that was just the case. Because of Iceland's geothermal activity, it's a hot spot for thermal pools and naturally occurring hot springs. The most famous is the Blue Lagoon but there are a ton of amazing options to check out.
The Low Down
For hygiene purposes, everyone has to shower sans undergarments before entering a pool. At the Blue Lagoon, you get the luxury of showers with doors and private changing rooms but this is not the case at every pool. Be prepared to shower and change in a locker room without privacy. I know this is strange concept for Americans but no one in Europe thinks twice!
I read a lot about the Blue Lagoon before our trip. Some people say it's a must and others say its' a tourist trap and not to bother. I agree with the former. Yes, it's touristy but its worth a visit. The lagoon is quite large so you can find some secluded areas. I never felt like it was too crowded.
The Blue Lagoon is listed as one of National Geographic's 25 amazing places and one look at the milky blue water makes it easy to see why. The lagoon is equipped with a swim up bar for beverages as well as a swim up bar for face masks. You can also pre-book an in water massage.
Secret Lagoon- Gamla Laugin
The Secret Lagoon is the perfect detour to take if you're driving the Golden Circle. Located in Fludir, the lagoon has a club house with showers, food and drinks.
The pool is filled by tiny geysers along the back edge of the pool. Some pockets of water are much warmer than others so you can cruise around the pool to find the perfect temperature. The Secret Lagoon also provides pool noodles for added relaxation!
Seljavallalaug is one of the oldest pools in Iceland and maintained by the locals. You won't find any high tech facilities here, just an old pool house to change in. There are no showers here either.
To get to the pool, you have to hike about 25 minutes inland. The hike is easy, although you will have to cross a couple small rivers. The pool is caved into the side of the mountain and filled by a near by hot spring. The view is stunning and overlooks the valley.
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