6 Best Spas and Geothermal Baths in Iceland

By Jessica Russo

If you're anything like us, you go on vacation to relax. Luckily, in the "Land of Fire and Ice," R&R isn't hard to find. In between hiking, glacier exploring, and lava beach lounging, be sure to reserve a little "me time."

Spas in Iceland are in a league of their own - and we're not talking about mani-pedi day spas- we're talking about natural thermal baths and steamy hot springs surrounded by stunning backdrops. These baths, spas, springs, and wellness centers are ingrained in Icelandic culture. We promise, it'll never feel better to act like a local.

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Blue Lagoon

GrindavĂ­k, Iceland

Just a 30-minute drive from Rekjavik, this steamy lake of baby blue seawater is one of Iceland's most popular attractions - and once you step in, you'll see why. Soak all your stresses away in 102°F water, rich with minerals like silica and sulfur. For an extra special experience, visit the Blue Lagoon late at night to enjoy the midnight sun in the summer or the colorful Northern Lights in the winter.

Tip: Since the Blue Lagoon is so popular, reservations book up quickly. Be sure to book your visit weeks in advance.

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Myvatn Nature Baths

Mývatn, Iceland

Icelanders will tell you that there is quite a rivalry between the Mývatn Nature Baths and the Blue Lagoon. Many people claim that Mývatn is less touristy, less crowded, less expensive, and more peaceful. Immerse yourself in Mývatn's hot alkaline bathing lagoon (yes, it's also blue in color), filled with soothing minerals. Gaze out at the stunning mountains that surround the baths, experience a geothermal steam bath, and treat yourself to a delicious meal at the on-site Kvika Restaurant. A day at Mývatn Nature Baths is a thrill for all of your senses.

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Laugarvatn Fontana

Laugarvatn, Iceland

This lakefront spa is filled with all things relaxing. Built on natural hot springs, Laugarvatn Fontana features natural steam baths, outdoor mineral pools, a sauna, and more. Once you're all done steaming and soaking, unwind with a yummy meal in the spa's locally-sourced eatery. In the mood for something different? Visit Laugarvatn's geothermal bakery! Yes, the bread is really baked using geothermal heat.

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Secret Lagoon Hot Spring

Flúðir, Iceland

Nestled in a small village alongside hot springs and spouting geysers near the Golden Circle route, the Secret Lagoon is a warm, magical (not so) hidden gem. So, what makes this lagoon "secret?" The landscape of this lagoon has been kept totally natural and gives off a true Icelandic feel. Enjoy majestic steam and picture-perfect landscapes, including a small geyser which erupts every five minutes!

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Laugar Spa

Reykjavik, Iceland

The Laugar is more of your classic spa experience. Pamper yourself with a massage and a facial, take a yoga class, and treat yourself to a nice lunch. Don't worry, there is still an outdoor thermal pool if you want to take a quick dip! While it's nothing like a nature bath experience, a day at Laugar is an easy, convenient retreat right in the middle of Rekjavik.

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Krauma Spa

Near Deildartunguhver in Reykholt, Iceland

Inhale, exhale. Sit back and relax in hot tubs heated with water from Europe's most powerful hot spring - Deildartunguhver! As you enjoy your time in Krauma's unbeatable natural geothermal baths, take in the spectacular scenery surrounding you.

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