A hot spring is a spring which is formed when heated water from the underground rises to the earth’s surface. Sometimes this water is heated to high temperatures and is unsafe for bathing and other recreational activities. The heating of the water takes place in the mantle. Bathing in the hot springs has a lot of health benefits. The hot spring water has been proven to have calcium and sodium bicarbonate which improves blood circulation. Dipping your body in the hot spring also assists in relieving tiredness, pain, and stress. Some hot springs are also used in running turbines which produce power. Iceland is rich in hot springs. The following are the famous hot springs in Iceland.
The most famous among the Iceland hot springs is the Blue Lagoon. Reykjanes Peninsula, Grindavik is the place where the Blue Lagoon is found. There is a geothermal plant near the Blue Lagoon. The water in this hot spring is rich in silica and sulfur and has been proven to skin disease such as psoriasis. The water in this lagoon is suitable for swimming and bathing since its temperatures range from 37-39 degrees centigrade. The Blue Lagoon is about 60 km from Reykjavik.
Landbrotalaug is another famous hot spring in Iceland. You will just spend one and a half hours to reach this hot spring from Reykjavik. This is a tiny pool and can only accommodate three people at a time. In order to explore Landbrotalaug better, you should visit early in the morning or during the seasons when tourists are not many.
Reykjadalur steam valley is also another place you must visit in Iceland. You will only drive for about 30 minutes from Reykjavik to this valley. You should visit this place in the morning so that you will have enough time exploring it. One should be careful since some parts are hotter than the others. The entrance is free.
Another famous hot spring is the Landmannalaugar. The hot spring is found near the orange rhyolite mountains of Iceland. The lower part of the Landmannalaugar has colder water so you should go upstream and look for a good spot.
The Laugardalslaug is another hot spring in Iceland. Some people will spend some time in this pool when on their way to or from work. The water from the spring also forms the biggest and well-equipped swimming facility which has both indoor and outdoor pools, water slides and saunas.
The Gamla Laugin is another famous hot spring in Iceland. The Gamla Laugin can also be referred to as the Secret Lagoon. This oldest swimming pool is located just one and a half hours from Reykjavik.
Please do not fly back home without visiting the above hot springs.