Spas worth a visit whilst in Iceland
Iceland is the land of Fire, Ice and Water! The country is situated on a ‘hot spot’ resulting in geothermal activity. With the mixture of glaciers situated around the island and the geothermal activity this then results in a number of hot springs and geysers. Some of the hot spring are at and over boiling point (so too hot to sit in) but some are at the perfect bathing temperature.. Icelanders swear by the health benefits of stewing in volcanically heated water. An evangelical intensity comes into their eyes when they talk about all the good things it will do for you.
Here is a list of 3 of our favourite spa’s in Iceland which use the traditional Icelandic hot bath methods:
Blue Lagoon –
We will start with the most famous; the award-winning Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s premier attractions. Set amidst a field of black basalt lava, the average temperature in this picturesque lagoon averages a relaxing 35-40°C. Its powder-blue mineral rich waters are a mix with seawater.
The actual location of the spa is in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland. The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulphur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases. The lagoon is a man-made lagoon which is fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi and is renewed every two days.
As well as the Lagoon itself, the Blue Lagoon has great spa and massage facilities to ease away your tensions.
Usually a good stop at the start or end of your holiday due to its location.
Laugar Spa –
Situated in the Laugardalur valley in Reykjavík, Laugar Spa offers a whole new world of experince, a world wherewater, art and design play together in perfect harmony. The entrance to the Spa is quite similar to a cave entrance where you can listen to and feel the music of water drops from a 6 meter wide waterfall.
In the Spa you enter an aquatic heaven where you can indulge both body and soul. Six diffrerent saunas and steam rooms are kept at varying temperatures, each with its own fragrance and theme.
Fontana, Iceland’s newest spa, sits on the shores of the historic lake -Lake Laugarvatn and directly above a thermal spring which feeds steam into its saunas and heats the water of its multiple outdoor pools. The design of the Spa fits into the landscape and combines geometric shapes with traditional Icelandic materials. From the deepest and hottest of the baths, there’s an amazing view – on a clear day – over the lake, which is fringed with black sand, towards the volcanoes of Hekla and the infamous Eyjafjallajökull.
Laugarvatn Fontana is a place where you come to relax and experience authentic Icelandic nature while relaxing in the warm geothermal pools and natural steam rooms. The baths vary in depth, size and temperature and the steam rooms that have been built over natural hot springs that has been used in this purpose since 1929.