5 Best Hot Springs Near Reykjavik Iceland

5 Best Hot Springs Near Reykjavik Iceland

Leah BIlquist Leah BIlquist
9. Dec 2022 ∼ 10 min. read

Reykjavik is Iceland’s capital and is the main hub for tourists and locals. From art museums to live concert venues with icelandic bands, there is truly something for everyone. While you may pack your days with exciting downtown Reykjavik adventures, we recommend blocking some time to simply relax in the nearby hot springs

That is why we are going to list the best hot springs near Reykjavik Iceland. From the famous Blue Lagoon to hidden gems you may never hear of. 

You truly cannot go wrong visiting any of these extraordinary places. So what are you waiting for? Grab your towel and get ready to explore the best hot springs near Reykjavik.

  1. Sky Lagoon 

Sky Lagoon is a hidden gem near Reykjavik and you have to experience it for yourself when visiting Iceland! This hot spring is known to be a local favorite and is a fantastic option for beating the tourist crowds at Blue Lagoon. You can spend your whole day here by signing up for the famous 7-Step Ritual, which highlights the Iceland bathing culture.

Sky Lagoon hot spring near Reykjavik Iceland

First, you will enter the lagoon through a stunning cave-like entrance. Which will bring you into the warm waters which range from approximately 38–40°C or 100–104° F.  Then you will go from hot to cold quickly by taking their polar bear plunge, also known as cold therapy. This will stimulate your immune system while decreasing blood flow in your body. 

Next, heat up by spending some time in the relaxing sauna. Admire the views of the ocean that sit outside of the large windows. Once you depart the sauna, lose yourself in the cold fog-mist that will wash over you and awaken your skin. 

This is followed by the elegant Sky Body Rub! A refreshing scrub that will make your skin glow, thanks to the salts of the sea. The scrub will help your body get rid of any dead skin cells. 

While your skin is still tingling, go to the steam room. The Steam will open your pores up, allowing the scrub to enter even further. Take a deep breath and unwind for a while.

The seven-step ritual comes to a close with a return trip to the lagoon. First, you will shower off any leftover scrub on your body. Then you can make your way back into the warm water. Take in the sights of Iceland that surround you. 

You can even spot the presidents of Iceland’s house from here. He resides in a historic property called Bessastaðir. Don’t feel rushed when enjoying the lagoon either. 

presidents of Iceland house seen from sky lagoon hot spring near reykjavik

How To Get Here

Sky Lagoon is very easy to get to from Reyjavik, being a quick 15-minute drive south of the city. If you are feeling up to it you could rent a bike and even ride down. 

Some people walk, which could take an hour and fifteen minutes from Downtown Reykjavik, each way. If you choose to walk, leave from Hlemmur square and take Rauðarárstígur for 5.9km or 3.6 miles. Then take Suðurhlíð and head to Vesturvör. 

  1. Kvika Footbath

Nestled beside the sea, at the northwestern point of Seltjarnarnes Peninsula, is Kvika Footbath. This unique hot spring is, you guessed it, a foot bath! 

kvika hot spring near reykjavik

It is a man-made pool that was designed by artist Ólöf Nordal. He carved the spring into a huge rock and it now sits 30 cm deep or .9 feet deep. It is also 90 cm or 2.9 feet wide. 

The hot spring water is nearly 102°F or 39° and it comes from a borehole that sits nearby. Excellent for soaking your feet after a long hike or taking a quick dip fully in. 

It is mainly known for its breathtaking views of Esja mountain and the massive Snæfellsjökull glacier. Visitors usually sit along the edge of the rock while soaking their feet and enjoying the endless view. The hot spring pool is set in an isolated area that was built on a stony landscape near the edge of the sea. This means no changing areas in the vicinity so dress for the pool upon arrival. 

How To Get Here

The pool is easily accessible from Reykjavik as it is only a 10 minutes drive away All you have to do is start from the main city and follow the route via Eiðsgrandi and Norðurströnd, which is 2.9 miles. While continuing on Norðurströnd, you will reach the small parking area at the Kvika foot pool.

  1. Blue Lagoon

Chances are if you have heard of Iceland you most likely have heard of the Blue Lagoon. This famous tourist destination is located near Reykjavik and attracts over one million visitors every year.  The Lagoon is set in the heart of nature, surrounded by moss-covered lava fields. There is minimal light pollution near the Blue Lagoon too, ideal for viewing the Northern Lights during the dark winter months too. 

Blue Lagoon hot spring near Reykjavik Iceland

The Blue Lagoon was created over 6000 feet below the ground when salty ocean water, and freshwater combined in a tectonic kingdom of sizzling heat and heavy pressure. This created geothermal water.

It then headed up to the surface through geothermal extraction wells. From here the water surfaces are enriched with algae, silica, and minerals. The combination of these three ingredients resulted in the now magical water that has been known to heal your body. 

Then in the 1980s local residents began bathing in the Blue Lagoon. It is said that the lagoon formed in the lava field beside the Svartsengi Geothermal Resource Park. It became quite famous from word of mouth by residents in Iceland. 

Visitors said that they left with a “sensation” after soaking in the lagoon. Some Icelanders came to heal their illnesses while others came purely for enjoyment. 

The Lagoon sits at an enjoyable temperature of 38° C or 100.4°F. Its benefits are endless thanks to the freshwater and seawater combination. This means that algae plants combined with high concentrations of silica can benefit the skin. The silica can help improve skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema.

In addition to its healing powers, it is known to prevent premature aging while tightening the skin. Soaking in hot water is also amazing for sore muscles. Athletes and avid hikers make it a solid part of their weekly routine. Your body, skin, and mind will thank you.

How To Get Here

The Blue Lagoon is conveniently a 20-minute drive from Keflavik Airport and a 50-minute drive from Reykjavik. It can be a great option for those who just landed and are waiting for their hotel room check-in. It can also be a suitable stop before boarding your flight home.

  1. Hvammsvik Hot Spring

Get ready to soak your body near the Atlantic Ocean at Hvammsvik Hot Springs. The property is very unique, as they do offer eight different pools with a variety of temperatures. This way you can hop from pool to pool while finding the ideal pool temperature for yourself.

Hvammsvik hot spring near Reykjavik Iceland

The pools are all natural and provide gorgeous views of the sea. You can enjoy a drink in their lounge pool while the ocean mist hits your face. Or walk down to the end of the old bridge which will bring you to their rock pools. These pools allow you to soak all while being a few inches from the ocean.

The temperatures vary per pool and water levels of some of their natural pools fluctuate with the tides and the temperatures. Here is the average temperature per pool. The Lounge Pool is 38°C or 100°F, the Upper Rock Pool is 37°C or 98.5°F, and the Lower Rock Pool varies by the ocean temperature around  37°C or 98.5°F, depending on the tides. 

The Ocean Plunge Pool varies by Ocean temperature, Tidal Pool varies by  Ocean temperature around 35°C or 95°F depending on the tides. The Old Hot Spring is 40°C or 104°F, the Upper Beach Pool is 38°C or 100°F and the Lower Beach Pool is 36°C or 97°F.

The deepest area at Hvammsvík Hot Springs is around 1m or 3.3 ft. The pools around the ocean vary in depth depending on the tides, and can quite unpredictably become quite deep. It is very important to be cautious when visiting ocean pools.

How To Get Here

Hvammsvík Nature Resort & Hot Springs is located in the middle of the Hvalfjörður on route 47, only a 45 minute's drive from Reykjavík city center. The easiest way for you to get to Hvammsvík Nature Resort & Hot Springs from Reykjavík is by taking route 1 towards Borgarnes/Akureyri.

Once you leave Reykjavík and Mosfellsbær you drive for about 15 minutes. Before you reach Hvalfjordur underwater tunnel, take a right turn onto route 47. Continue about 20 kilometers until you see the Hvammsvík sign on the left side of the road.

Hvammsvík Nature Resort is easily recognizable from the road by the black-painted buildings on the property. The property is gated, but you will have received an access code with your accommodation or Hot Spring experience booking.

  1. Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach

Soak at ‘Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach which is known for its Mediterranean vibe in the North Atlantic.  The hot spring sits in the town of Nauthóll which was built around the year 1850. It was one of many new towns that arose in the vicinity of Reykjavík at that time. 

Nauhólsvík hot spring pool near Reykjavik iceland

Today you can visit the town which is now home to the beloved Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach. It is known as the “Paradise in the city” and attracts visitors from all over the world.

The lagoon has different soaking options that all provide gorgeous views of the golden sand beach and sea in the distance. First, you can spend some time in the famous Sedation Pool, which is a long rectangular warm pool that sits along the beach. There is also a Beach Pool which is a bit cooler than the Sedation Pool but it does overlook the ocean that sits right next to it. 

This hot spring is extremely unique as it does provide the best of both worlds. It sits at the end of an old runway used for Sea Planes during World War Two. There were a lot of military camps and occupations by the occupying forces around the airport during that time. 

Today, you can spend your morning laying out on the bathing beach soaking up the sun before taking a dip in the geothermal waters. Nauthólsvík is also known to be a swimming beach, which is rare in Iceland. You do have to always be mindful when swimming, as Iceland’s water is rougher than a normal beach in other countries, such as the Caribbean. 

How To Get Here

Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach is only a quick five-minute drive from downtown Reykjavik. It is 3.4 km or 2.1 miles away. You can bike, walk or drive here! Just head northwest on Vonarstræti toward Suðurgata, and then turn left onto Suðurgata.  

At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Hringbraut/Route 49 and then turn right onto Nauthólsvegur. After, turn right to stay on Nauthólsvegur before taking the 1st exit At the roundabout. Then stay on Nauthólsvegur and turn right.