Inside the Lagoons of Iceland

Kelly Dunning
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As you float in a turquoise pool of mineral-rich geothermal seawater you feel your muscles completely relax as your breathing slows down. The water simmers at 37 degrees celsius – just the right temperature – and the sound of the cascading waterfall soothes you. You let all of your tensions melt away as the hot water envelops you. Welcome to the Blue Lagoon Iceland – a geothermal pool set within a lava field in Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula.

This artificial lagoon was created as an over-spill pool for a nearby geothermal power station. The water is used to generate heat and electricity, then it is pushed through to the lagoon where you can bathe in it.

The lagoon is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland and it is thought that the minerals in the water are beneficial for health. The water is so incredibly rich in minerals because it is pushed up to the surface through several layers of rock under the ground. The Blue Lagoon was voted by readers of Conde Nast Traveller magazine as the best medical spa on the planet.

TRULY offers a romantic Icelandic escape of our own which includes a visit to the spa. The Blue Lagoon Iceland holiday includes a two night stay for two in a four star hotel in central Reykjavik, a nine course tasting menu at a top Icelandic restaurant and a VIP experience at the Blue Lagoon that includes massages, face masks and entrance to the exclusive lounge.

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Other Geothermal Spas in Iceland

The Blue Lagoon isn’t the only geothermal pool you can visit in Iceland – there are in fact several beautiful places to bathe thanks to the abundance of volcanic activity. You could take a drive to Reykjadalur, which means “Steam Valley” and is near a small town only 45 minutes from Reykjavik. You will need to take a 1 hour walk until you find this warm river where you can bathe in the geothermal waters.

Another amazing spot to soak in the hot water is Landmannalaugar, which is located on the edge of a lava flow from the 15th century. The geothermally heated water merges with a separate spring of cold water, so you can enter into the water on the cold side and then walk upstream until you find a spot where the two flows mix at just the right temperature.

Or, you could travel to Leirubakki, which is one of the few farms that dot the foothills of Hekla – a 1500 m high volcano that has erupted several times since the Vikings settled here in the 9th century. There is a tiny sunken pool here that is just big enough to fit four people and is lined with blocks made from cut lava.

These are just a few of the amazing geothermal pools in Iceland where you can enjoy the sensation of soothing your muscles in piping hot water while admiring the beautiful rugged geography of this fascinating land.