Unlocking The Natural Grandeur of Iceland's Hot Springs With Iceland Itinerary

Iceland is a country teeming with natural splendors characterized by breathtaking landscapes and the soothing waters of its hot springs. An outdoor soak in these natural hot springs is an essential bucket-list activity when planning a trip to Iceland. The charm of Iceland is revealed in the beauty of its changing seasons, with each one bringing its own burst of color and wonder. This Icelandic tradition of bathing in volcanically heated pools dates back to the Viking era. Here is the best Icelan Read More

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Iceland is a country teeming with natural splendors characterized by breathtaking landscapes and the soothing waters of its hot springs. An outdoor soak in these natural hot springs is an essential bucket-list activity when planning a trip to Iceland. The charm of Iceland is revealed in the beauty of its changing seasons, with each one bringing its own burst of color and wonder. This Icelandic tradition of bathing in volcanically heated pools dates back to the Viking era. Here is the best Iceland itinerary to unlocking the natural grandeur of Iceland’s hot springs, with our top picks of the best ones to visit.

Trip Highlights

  • The opaque milk-blue waters are contrasted by the black lava field which surrounds the lagoon.

  • Treat yourself to the magic of the Northern Lights in winter above the Secret Lagoon.

  • The hot springs capture the true Icelandic feeling characterized by the pools’ natural surrounding and the magic of the steam rising in the air.

Trip At A Glance

Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavik

Day 2: The Blue Lagoon

Day 3: Myvatn Nature Bath

Day 4: Secret Lagoon

Day 5: Seljavallalaug Geothermal Pools

Day 6: Krossneslaug Hot Springs

Day 7: Landmannalaugar Hot Springs

Day 8: Reykjadalur Hot Springs

Day 9: Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavik

The first-day trip would land you to the airport of Reykjavik. Once you have landed at the airport, call for the private transfer that will take you to your hotel. After settling in the hotel, leave for exploring the area with your camera. You can ask the locals for the nearest top attraction that can be covered in the rest of the day and come back to your hotel in the evening. After reaching your hotel, you can ask for the hotel staff to serve you dinner in your room.  

Day 2: The Blue Lagoon

Let the soothing waters of Blue Lagoon calm your senses when you opt to go on this fun tour. It’s easy to see why this natural attraction is one of the most popular sites visited by tourists and locals alike. The opaque milk-blue waters are contrasted by the black lava field which surrounds the lagoon. Situated in the Reykjanes Peninsula, the large lake is the perfect temperature (39?C/102?F) for endless hours of bathing and it offers rich skin nourishment properties. This tour also gives travelers the opportunity to visit some of Iceland’s other natural wonders like Thingvellir National Park, Kerid Crater, Gullfoss Waterfall and much more. Get the most out of your visit to this region of Iceland.

Day 3: Myvatn Nature Bath

Bask in the beauty of Myvatn Nature Bath, which is a stunning man-made construction. This nature bath is unique in that it contains a large number of minerals which prevent undesired bacteria and vegetation from thriving in the lagoon, making it the perfect spot to unwind and relax. The ever-changing landscape that surrounds the nature baths makes it an all-year-round destination. In the warmer seasons, the days are longer, which is ideal for more exploration and relaxation. While summer eases into autumn, the landscape becomes a picturesque beauty boasting shades of gold and brown. Winter is the perfect time to visit, as the landscape is blanketed with a tapestry of snow, sparkling frosts and opportunity to appreciate the splendor of the Northern Lights. Cover more ground and explore the natural beauty of the area by going on this bike tour which starts at Myvatn. The bike tour takes you to the underground bakery and will continue past the first steam generator in Iceland before heading to the old bathing caves of Grjótagjá. End the day relaxing in the natural steam baths of Mývatn Nature Baths before heading back to Myvatn.

Day 4: Secret Lagoon

Located in the small village of Fludir, in the Golden Circle area, you will come across the idyllic natural hot springs of Secret Lagoon. The hot springs capture the true Icelandic feeling characterized by the pools’ natural surrounding and the magic of the steam rising in the air. The water stays at a constant temperature all year round, and there are little Geysers which erupt every five minutes. Treat yourself to the magic of the Northern Lights in winter above the Secret Lagoon. Snag this tour to get entrance ticket into the Secret Lagoon hot springs and experience the beauty of a Golden Circle attraction without the crowd. Located in the small village of Fludir, in the Golden Circle area, you will come across the idyllic natural hot springs of Secret Lagoon. The hot springs capture the true Icelandic feeling characterized by the pools’ natural surrounding and the magic of the steam rising in the air. The water stays at a constant temperature all year round, and there are little Geysers which erupt every five minutes. Treat yourself to the magic of the Northern Lights in winter above the Secret Lagoon. Snag this tour to get entrance ticket into the Secret Lagoon hot springs and experience the beauty of a Golden Circle attraction without the crowd.

Day 5: Seljavallalaug Geothermal Pools

Venture out to the stunning oasis of Seljavallalaug which is one of the oldest swimming pools in Iceland. Nestled in the scenic, lush hills, there is no entrance fee attached to entering the pool. Getting to this pool is quite an adventure as it requires you to trek through the valley on a 20-minute hike through the fields of lava ash, little streams, and craggy hills. The region is best explored in a group. So, choose to take this small group tour which will introduce you to the splendors of Iceland’s south coast, hiking through glaciers, visiting wreck sites and bathing in Seljavallalaug geothermal pool.

Day 6: Krossneslaug Hot Springs

Enjoy the best of Iceland by incorporating the natural beauties and the hot springs which it’s famous for. Take a scenic drive through majestic fjords, stunning coasts, and towering mountains to come across the tranquil hot springs of Krossneslaug. The journey might be long, but the destination is spectacular. The pool is relaxing, and travelers feel their stress drift away as they soak up the warm water of the springs.

Day 7: Landmannalaugar Hot Springs

Unlock the thermal wonderland of Landmannalaugar. The area is characterized by extremely beautiful multi-colored landscapes, and it is a hiker’s paradise. Surrounded by picturesque mountains, the hot springs stay at a constant temperature all year round and is a highland oasis ideal for bathing. Delve into Iceland’s geothermal wilderness by going on this hiking tour to discover the beauty of the region. The tour will take you through the rugged terrain of Fjallabak Nature Reserve boasting panoramic views of lava fields, glacial lakes, and towering peaks. End the tour with a dip in the soothing hot springs while to admiring the unspoiled beauty which surrounds you.

Day 8: Reykjadalur Hot Springs

Unravel the volcanic beauty of the Reykjadalur Valley by taking this action-packed tour. The hot springs are reached after a short 45-minute drive and a short hike up to the warm waters that flow from the Reykjadalur Valley. This tour, led by an expert guide, takes travelers past otherworldly sceneries of gushing rivers, beautiful waterfalls, and bubbling pools. Unlock the stories of Iceland’s history along the way and stop at the naturally heated hot springs where you will have a chance to relax in the soothing waters.

Day 9: Departure

You have reached to the last day of the Iceland itinerary which calls for leaving the country. After having breakfast in the morning, call your private transfer that would drop you at the airport.

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