[Blue Lagoon and Iceland pools – Latest update: 20/05/2016]
The Iceland pools you are looking for
The great thing about hot pools, is that they have the same temperature all year round.
Iceland is full of these amazing geothermal springs, but I think that just this great Hot pot Map, and the locals can help you to reach the less famous ones.
Most of them have a free entrance: paradises lost more in the middle of nowhere than other things in Iceland. They are usually quite difficult to reach, or just well hidden and not even charted.
The best one I’ve tried was in Landmannalaugar. We have crossed 4 rivers to get there, that would be pretty difficult in cold seasons when moutain roads are usually closed.
Neverthless, there are a couple of pools that you can easily reach:
– Lake Myvatn
– Blue Lagoon Geothermal SPA
Blue Lagoon: things to know before going
Located between the airport and the capital Reykjavik, it is the easiest place to reach every month of the year.
This makes the Blue Lagoon really crowded: pre-booking is strongly suggested!
It’s really expensive, but it could be a once in a life-time experience worth paying for.”We apologize for the price of the Blue Lagoon”, this what every icelander says to a foreigner.
Actually with the cheapest ticket – about 40 euro – you can have more than a hot bath, but THEY WON’T SAY THAT! You just have to look for the extra-treatment stuff and catch it.
“42 is the answer!”
1) An algae mask is actually included.
You just have to take it and apply it yourself!
2) You can have also a sauna, even if nobody will tell you that.
You just have to swim and reach it under the bridge at your left.
3) You can have great pictures for free.
A friendly photographer will take you 4-5 pictures, if you ask.
Packing list for the Blue Lagoon & Iceland pools
1) Swimsuit. Possibly not your favourite.
The geothermal water is rich in silica: If you need to wear that one, you should at least wash it with cold water and soap afterwards.
You need to apply it before having a bath without washing it away, and wash your hair with it later on, more than once. Otherways you will look like a scarecrow for the next days. Silica could be great for your skin, but It makes odd jokes to your hair.
3) Last but not least: A TOWEL!
“…it has great practical value – you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; (….) you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”
(Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)
Having an open air bath in 45° waters, while outside is extremely windy and cold is priceless. Expecially when everything is natural and the sorroundings looks like the moon…or shall I say…
HAPPY TOWEL DAY!