Once everything normalizes, one of the countries that you can include in your next travel adventure is Iceland. This sparsely populated European has a contrasting terrain as it has active lava fields and geothermal pools. On the other end, mountains with glaciers also abound this Nordic island earning the title of The Land of Fire and Ice.
But do you know that there are other exhilarating activities to do while you are in Iceland? The country can boast of different spas and wellness centres that can invigorate any weary visitor in Iceland. Here are 11 of the well-known spas and wellness centres in Iceland that are worth visiting while you are in this country.
Dive into the waters of the Blue Lagoon
This famous tourist spot of the country is located in the Reykjanes peninsula. As you take a dip in the Blue Lagoon, you are in for a relaxing treat. Before you enter this tourist attraction though, try to make reservations in advance as this tourist spot tries to limit the number of tourists that visit the place.
Explore the Blue Lagoon’s Twin
Another spring that draws the attention of visitors is the Myvatn Nature Baths. Located in the northern part of the country, the Myvatn Nature Baths is an alternative spring to visit besides the Blue Lagoon. Both are similar in appearance which has made people call the Myvatn Nature Baths as the Blue Lagoon’s twin. It is a 6-hour drive going to the spring. This also the reason that visitors take advantage of adding other tourist spots to their itinerary before heading off to the spring. If you are looking for an alternative spring to visit, Myvatn Nature Baths is another sweet spot to visit while in Iceland.
Discover the Enchanted Reykjadalur Hot Spring River
Another hot spring that is popular in Iceland is the Reykjadalur Hot Spring River.
It is a popular tourist attraction because of its proximity to Reykjavik, which is the capital of Iceland. To visit the hot spring, you would need to take route starting from the Ring road and heading off to the town of Hveragerði. The hot spring is also known as Hveragerdi hot spring due to its proximity to the town of Hveragerði. When looking for parking in the spring, most locals would leave their car at the end of the road near the hot spring. It may be unusual but it’s been common practice for visitors to leave their car on the road. If you find yourself journeying to Reykjadalur Hot Spring River during the summertime, its best to come early to find a sweet parking spot.
Take a swim to the Seljavallalaug Hot Mountainside Pool
A swimming pool located in a quiet scenic valley? Then, the Seljavallalaug hot mountainside pool is the next tourist attraction you should visit. It is a man-made pool built in the early 1920s. It may be the oldest pool in Iceland, but it is still operational with guests arriving from different parts of the world. You might encounter a bumpy ride on your way to Seljavallalaug but you can rest assured that you are in for a treat when you arrive. The pool is maintained by a group of volunteers.
The pool is supplied with hot spring water that comes down from Eyjafjallajökull.
Have fun at the Fontana Geothermal Baths
If you want a different setting, Fontana Geothermal Baths might be more up your alley.
It is located in Laugarvatn Lake which is about an hour and a half away from the country’s capital. Since the town is located at hot zone, inhabitants of the town have a steady supply of heated water that is used to heat their homes and can be used for other daily routines such as cooking and bathing.
If you are feeling a little adventurous, you can head on out to Laugarvatn lake to cool off. You wouldn’t feel any chill even during winter as the temperature of the water is kept warm all year round due to its geothermal source.
Happy Hour at the Bjorbodin Beer Spa
Do you imagine yourself sitting in a hot tub while having a cold one? Why not have some happy hours at Bjorbodin Beer Spa? Located in the northern part of Iceland near the small community of Árskógssandur. While soaking in a warm tub, you can enjoy the views of the Eyjafjörður fjord and Hrisey Island. As the bathwater is unpotable, it is said that warm beer can rejuvenate your skin after you soak in. You are relaxed after a good soak in the baths.
Go see the GeoSea Sea Baths
Another attraction located in the northern part of Iceland, near the town of Húsavík is the Geosea Sea Baths.
What makes this bath different from other spa places is the water. While most places use spring water, the water at the GeoSea Sea Baths uses seawater that is geothermally heated. As the water is laden with salts and other minerals, you can feel the healing effects of the seawater. An added perk of the attraction is the incredible view you can see along the Skjálfandi Bay with the seaside stretching to the beyond and mountains surrounding the place. You can dine at the restaurant located nearby while admiring the seascapes.
Get to Know Grettislaug
If you find yourself in the northern part of Iceland, it is important that you also visit Grettislaug and Jarlslaug. These are two pools that are located Skagafjörður fjord. Each pool looks alike being circular and having piled stones around them.
While you are immersed in Grettislaug, you can quietly admire the surrounding view of mountains and sea. There are amenities available such as an outdoor shower and a changing facility. You need to remember though that these pools stand on private property, so you would need to pay an entrance fee.
For travellers, Iceland would be the country that shows a contrast when it comes to its landscape with icy mountain tops and geothermal springs and spas. With this, the country has different spas and wellness centres that you would need to explore and experience during your stay.