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4 Indulgent Spa Retreats in Iceland’s Geothermal Pools 2024

4 Indulgent Spa Retreats in Iceland’s Geothermal Pools 2024

In the natural beauty of Iceland, there’s a unique combination of luxury and pristine landscapes, with its combination of volcanic activity and icy terrains. Geothermal energy has become a cornerstone of Icelandic natural beauty and tourism in this landscape due to its numerous hot springs and geothermal pools. As a result, there are now luxury spa retreats nestled in these natural settings that offer a mix of relaxation and wellness with the raw beauty of Icelandic nature. Many of these retreats even give you the mesmerizing experience of viewing the Northern Lights. This gives guests world-class luxury while being under one of the world’s most stunning natural phenomena. Now, explore Iceland’s most luxurious spa retreats to gain insights into the unique offerings, history, and experiences at each featured location.

1. Hvammsvik Hot Springs

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Our first stop is in the serene Hvalfjordur Bay hot springs. Just a short drive from Reykjavik and its cultural attractions, these eight natural hot spring pools have varying temperatures because they are flooded over by seawater during high tide, offering a blend of ocean and geothermal waters. The accommodations surrounding the hot spring include repurposed barracks with indoor and outdoor changing rooms and the Stormur Bistro and Bar for food and beverages. Outside the hot spring, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy stand-up paddling, yoga sessions, and an ocean plunge pool. The hot spring is also ideal for Northern Lights viewing from September to March due to minimal light pollution. One last important detail is that pre-booking is essential to guarantee access.


2. Sky Lagoon

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Next, we head to Sky Lagoon, where you’ll find stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, an oceanside infinity-edge design, a cold pool, sauna experiences, and a swim-up bar. The design incorporates traditional Icelandic turf roofs to keep the authentic Icelandic feel of the experience. The construction of Sky Lagoon was part of Iceland’s initiative to welcome international travelers post-pandemic, and its location near Reykjavík means easy access to the city’s vibrant culture and nightlife. For those looking to indulge in the whole experience, Sky Lagoon offers a signature 7-Step Ritual, which aims to revitalize your mind and body. This ritual includes a series of wellness steps involving the geothermal waters, a cold plunge, and time in a Finnish-style sauna overlooking the sea, among others.​


3. The Retreat at Blue Lagoon

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Now, we’re off to the Retreat at Blue Lagoon, situated amidst the stunning landscape of the Blue Lagoon, known for its therapeutic geothermal waters. The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most renowned geothermal pools, attracting visitors worldwide for its healing properties. For your accommodations, the retreat provides Nordic-style suites with large windows and private terraces offering views of the lava landscape, some even featuring private lagoon access. The retreat’s spa is the highlight, offering a unique spa ritual and treatments like in-water massages, float therapy, and a unique spa ritual utilizing silica, algae, and minerals from the lagoon. For dining options, you’ll find three restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Moss, which offers a scenic view and a menu incorporating local ingredients. For a unique dining experience, book a table at Moss and tour the wine cellar built into 800-year-old volcanic rock before your meal.


4. Krauma

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For our next stop, we’ll head to Krauma, next to Europe’s highest-flowing hot spring, Deildartunguhver, just an hour’s drive from Reykjavik. They have a mix of hot spring water and cold glacier water, six warm pools, a cold pool, a sauna, and a relaxation room with a fireplace and stunning views. This particular spring also has child-friendly accommodations and activities, making it the perfect place for the whole family. Stop by the on-site restaurant, which focuses on high-quality local ingredients and provides a beautiful view of Deildartunguhver. The spring is also near Húsafell, Borgarnes, and Snæfellsnes, offering a range of Icelandic natural beauty and cultural sites. Krauma is also open year-round, making it a warm escape for relaxation whenever you need it. 


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