Secret Icelandic Hotsprings that are Worth the Hike

Seljavallalaug

Tucked in the crook of a glacier forged valley, Seljavallalaug is maybe one of the most picturesque hot springs in all of iceland. Located on the southern coast of Iceland, this spring is easily reachable from Reykjavik or Vík. It's location is not clearly marked so save the location in your GPS before setting off. Seljavallalaug can be accessed via Ring Road that encircles Iceland. Take Route 242 inland to get to the parking lot. The pool can be found just a short 5 minute hike north. There is a primitive building you can use to change into your bathing suit. One side of the pool is manmade concrete but the other is just the side of the mountain where you can feel the thermal vents pumping hot water into the spring.

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Lake Mývatn Nature Bath

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Mývatn is a great alternative to The Blue Lagoon located in the north eastern part of the country. So if you make it up there, definitely check it out. It was closed when we were in Iceland but we walked around outside and the color and size of the pools is comparable to the Blue Lagoon.

The Blue Lagoon

Okay, it's no secret but any list of Icelandic hot springs that didn't include the Blue Lagoon would be incomplete. And while there isn't really a hike involved in getting to this one, I'd say it's worth the "hike" to Iceland in an of itself. Read more about my experience there here.

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