Iceland Ring Road: Pools and Nature Baths
There are several hot springs, local pools, and nature baths located throughout Iceland.
Whether travelers are looking for a spa-type atmosphere or a more authentic Icelandic atmosphere or a more rugged in the middle of nowhere type atmosphere; there is something in Iceland for each individual traveler’s interest.
I can confirm nothing was more refreshing than soaking in a hot tub, under the stars after a long day exploring this glorious country.
We experienced our first outdoor pool in Blönduós. It was an community type pool consisting of geothermal water.
There were several locals also enjoying the pool, chatting and socializing with them was quite enjoyable. This pool had a waterslide, although it was closed when we were visiting. There were three different hot tubs all with varying levels of temperature. We sat in the one that was 38 degrees and then as we go comfortable, we gradually moved to hotter ones.
As we drove through towns, we saw signs for the local pool in pretty much every town.
This is a popular past time amongst Icelanders.
Myvatn Nature Baths
Our next pool adventure was Myvatn Nature Baths which was 4,200 ISK per person.
My goodness!, This pool felt so refreshing after a long day exploring the Myvatn area. The Myvatn pool was situated outdoors, so we were literally swimming under the stars.
This beautiful natatorium is a man-made hot spring and averages about 36 to 40ºC. The bottom consists of sand and gravel, which felt smooth to walk on.
Myvatn Nature Baths doesn’t use external disinfectants because vegetation and bacteria cannot survive due to the geothermal water, which mainly consists of alkaline-based minerals. The water also contains sulfur as a result of the nature of the surrouding area.
Visitors are advised to avoid wearing jewelry, such as brass or silver as it often turns black due to the natural minerals in the water. I was also asked not to wear my glasses in the pool either as the water could leave permanent marks on the lenses.
I stayed here for well over 2 hours, just basking in the luxurious warmth of the wonderful water.
My favorite pool was the hot tub in front of the large pool as I just sat there taking in the atmosphere while relaxing in the 40ºC water.
The Myvatn Nature Baths are a must for those staying in the area.
We found this pool on a website about thermal pools in the Icelandic countryside and thought we would check out it out.
Oh, the adventure we experienced getting to this pool.
No directional signs were pointing to its location. However, Google Maps was quite reliable and helped us to get on the right road. When traveling along the Ring Road, turn on to the 249 Road. When the road ends, that’s the parking lot.
After parking, it was approximately a 20-minutes walk to get to the pool. We had to cross a river which didn’t end well as we both ended up with soaking wet shoes.
Unfortunately, we were left with disappointment when we finally reached this pool. It was actually rather cold and dirty at the bottom. Although there was hot water flowing into the pool at one end, there was more ice cold water going into the pool from the mountainside behind it.
The area surrounding the pool was unbelievable and would be an amazing area to explore further if we had more time.
On our way back we saw several people walking towards the pool, and by the time we were leaving, everyone was on their way back to their cars.
Bear in mind that we visited in March so it could be different at other times of the year.
We decided not to swim at the Blue Lagoon due to the expense ($80 per person). We also spoke to several travelers that had already visited there, and they said it was really crowded.
We driving through the area so we ending up visited for the sake of sightseeing.
It was very busy and sold out by 12 pm – if you are planning to visit here I highly recommend booking tickets online long in advance as they sell out quickly, especially during peak times.