Somewhere in western Iceland, about half an hour’s drive west from Borgarnes, is the Krauma Hot Springs site. Opened only at the end of 2017, this is the newest spa experience to be experienced in Iceland. Krauma is a new, world-class geothermal resort that includes two saunas, a relaxation space and five outdoor nature baths that are fed from the large European hot spring Deildartunguhver.
This is the newest spa experience you can get in Iceland. The spa’s special location adds to the attractiveness of the place. To be more accurate, it is located between authentic Icelandic mountain scenery. The region is famous for the most powerful natural hot springs in Europe. The bath water temperature is regulated to perfect temperature by pouring pure glacier water from the glacier into the nearby Angioccol.
How to get there?
The Krauma Spa is a 90-minute drive from Reykjavik and is open all year. This is a great alternative to the Blue Lagoon. Facilities on site also include a souvenir shop and restaurant. The most interesting and fun part about visiting Krauma is the fact that the waiters serve you directly to the baths. You don’t even have to get out of the hot water and “taste” the weather outside the pools. Just sit back, relax and place your order from the pool.
The spa is adjacent to the nearby natural hot spring and for you to find your way from the road to the place, simply follow the “Deildartunguhver” signage off the road. When you reach the parking area, it is almost unrealistic to find such a modern and luxurious resort in such an isolated area.
Fontana Spa in Laugarvatn town is a complex of geothermal pools and moist and dry saunas on the edge of Lake Lugarvatn. It is a popular stop for visitors to the Golden Circle area and is close to the Geyser and Þingvellir Park sites.
The damp saunas
The local inhabitants of the village know and enjoy the healing properties of the geothermal springs in the lake from the beginning of the last century. The Fontana Pond utilizes this natural bath and brings in warm steam and healers that curl directly from the ground to the three saunas. The temperature of the steam varies and ranges from 40-50 degrees depending on the temperature of the steam and the weather. The humidity in the saunas is very high. Saunas floor networks allow guests to hear and smell the natural hot spring boiling beneath them, creating a unique and natural experience.
The geothermal pools
Three mineral pools connected together with varying depth, size and temperature. The pools and hot tubs are perfect for relaxation and fun, and feature stone sculptures made by the Icelandic artist. The top hot tub provides panoramic views of the beautiful surroundings, while the healthy water feeds both body and mind.
The Fontana complex also features a Finnish-style sauna room. The temperature is between 80-90 degrees, with low humidity. You can sit and enjoy the beautiful lake view through the large window. The Finns enjoy sauna rooms for centuries, this is a place for them to relax with family and friends, as well as a place for physical and mental relaxation.
This geothermal spa near Lake Myvatn is the northern answer to the southern blue lagoon. Sometimes referred to as the Northern Blue Lagoon, just like its Southern friend, the lagoon contains a unique blend of minerals, silicates, and geothermal microorganisms that give the water their blue pearl appearance. This relatively new spa overlooks a number of beautiful lake views and is undoubtedly the hottest and most perfect place to relax to witness those stunning Icelandic summer sunsets.
The water supply to the lagoon flows directly from the pit of the national electricity company Bjarnarflag. The water has a temperature of about 130 degrees Celsius when they reach a huge basin near the lagoon itself, creating a kind of warm man-made. In total, the lagoon and basin contain about 3.5 million liters of water at a temperature of 36-40 ° C.
The lagoon itself is a man-made structure, the bottom of which is covered with sand and gravel. It contains a large amount of minerals and is well suited for bathing. Due to its chemical composition, undesirable bacteria and vegetation do not thrive in its water, which eliminates the need to use chlorine or any other disinfectant.
Geothermal water in Iceland usually contains sulfur. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid taking silver jewelry into the water, they may turn black. Sulfur, on the other hand, is considered to have a positive effect on asthma and other respiratory diseases, and the lagoon waters also have a positive effect on skin problems. The smell of sulfur is common in the area, but most tourists get used to it within the first few minutes, most travelers liken it to the smell of rotten eggs, others compare it to the initial smell of creation as the volcanic gases condense and create picturesque landscapes.
The Blue Lagoon, (in Icelandic: “Bláa lónið”) is one of the most famous geothermal spas in the world and one of Iceland’s most popular attractions. Chosen for one of the top ten spas in the world.
The lagoon was completely created by chance. When in the 1970s, the Svartsengi geothermal power plant began to pour water rich in salt, algae, and silica, which became a kind of calcium. The pool created in the lava field became an attraction among locals after they discovered that water immersion alleviates skin problems especially psoriasis. Today, Blue Lagoon has a large clinic and spa that attracts many tourists every year. The Blue Lagoon is an anchor of economic stability and one of the country’s 300 largest companies.
The hot water in the blue lagoon is rich in minerals like silica and sulfur, hence the blue-greenish color of the water. The warm water coming into the lagoon is pumped from holes in the ground at a depth of 2000 meters, with the steam generated being used as an energy supply by the nearby power plant. The smoke visible from the pool area and the power plant are only water vapor. The water temperature in the lagoon is about 40 ° on average.
How to get there?
The Blue Lagoon is open daily all year round. It is located a few minutes drive from Keflavík Airport between Reykjavík Airport, about 40 minutes drive from Reykjavik. While driving on Route 41 between Reykjavik and Keflavik, try to locate the sign in Icelandic that says “Bláa lóníð” or simply look for the steam vapors coming from the blue lagoon and nearby power plant.
Picture this, soaking yourself in a pool that’s 48 degrees Celsius .Surrounded by rock formations made of molten lava, away from civilization and the hustle and bustle of city life. Every five minutes a spouting geyser shoots hot gas nearly 20 feet into the air. The steam that rises from the surrounding terrain into the air gives the place its distinct and magical atmosphere.
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The Secret Lagoon is a warm geothermal spring from a natural water source located in Hveraholmi, the geothermal area near the village of Flúðir in southern Iceland. It is the oldest pool in the country, and one of the most popular for locals and tourists alike.
Although the name “The Secret Lagoon” is not so secret and although it is not packed with visitors like the Blue Lagoon, it is still required to pre-order tickets especially in the summer – you can place tickets at the bottom of the page.
The spring location is on the famous “Golden Circle” route, close to the Gullfoss waterfall, within the village of Fludir Flúðir. This lush green village is known for using natural energy from the soil, used for agriculture through greenhouses. Thus Iceland produces fresh food throughout the year. Another major advantage of this geothermal activity is the natural and old thermal pools located in the area.
The “secret lagoon” uses geothermal energy to heat the water to a temperature of 38-40 ° C all year. Ideal for bathing.
The area around the hot spring is made up of mossy lava fields and geothermal hot spots, including a small geyser that erupts every 5 minutes, which can be seen from the pool. A trail by the pool allows you to easily tour the area. The steam rising from the surrounding area into the air gives the place its magical and distinct atmosphere.