Spas & Swimming Pools

Experience ultimate bliss with these relaxing Spa & Swimming Pool trips in Iceland. These oasis-like health resorts are perfect for visitors looking to soothe their bodies in warm geothermal water, all while surrounded by the beautiful Icelandic nature. Check out our variety of spa and swimming pool tours here.

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About Spas & Swimming Pools in Iceland

Icelanders have a long history of bathing in the naturally-formed hot springs that dot the countryside. Today, that tradition has been revitalised for the 21st century, with many Spas and Swimming Pools discoverable by international guests. All of these unforgettable retreats utilise geothermal water, offering a variety of steamy pools in which to relax and soak in the surrounding landscapes. 

Spas and swimming pools are often built closeby to live hot springs, not only providing added novelty, but also an insight into how Iceland’s powerful underground energy is used. The majority of hot pools here boast a water temperature between 36-40°C / 97-104°F, giving some idea as to why this activity has long been so popular.

Visiting a geothermal spa is best suited to those travelling around the country, serving as the perfect means to start or end a day sightseeing. Not only do these pools serve as the ideal stop to relax, but also to socialise, sharing the day’s adventures, and speculating on those yet to come.

Nothing beats the tranquil sensation that comes with soaking your body in naturally heated water, not mentioning the countless health benefits that come with it. Some spas come with mineral-rich soil, which is hugely beneficial to those dealing with skin conditions such as psoriasis.

What’s Included in a Visit to a Spa & Swimming Pool

Geothermal spas offer guests shower facilities, as well as a bar/cafe in which to purchase drinks and snacks. Some resorts come complete with a swim-up bar, while others have personal wait staff, adding further luxury to your visit. 

Depending on which spa you choose to experience, you will likely find saunas and steam rooms. You may even be able to purchase additional pampering treatments, including massages and facial masks. 

What to Bring on a Visit to a Spa & Swimming Pool

Bring your swimsuit and towel when visiting Iceland’s swimming pools and spas. However, you don’t need to worry if you forgot your swimsuit at home or you didn’t pack a towel. Most of the pools and spas will have those for rent. 

Before entering the pools, you must shower. Most places offer free, dermatologically tested soap, and some even add a complimentary shampoo and conditioner. However, you will need to bring other toiletries with you to use after your 

Showering after you’ve gotten out of the pool is often expected but some spas, such as the Beer Spa, recommend you don’t do so for a few hours. That way, the minerals in the water can continue to work their magic after you’ve left. 

Frequently asked questions

Yes. Chlorine is used in pools all over the world to keep them clean. However, too much of it can cause allergies and skin irritations. That’s why Icelanders like to keep chlorine-levels in their swimming pools low (and they are non-existent in seawater pots). To keep the pools clean, we ask you to shower before entering. Showering helps remove sweat, sunscreen, lotion, bacteria, and organic matter. By showering before entering the pools, we can keep the chlorine level low and help prevent illnesses. 

Not showering before entering the pool is a big DON’T. We ask you to shower without a swimsuit so you can properly remove any traces of sweat, lotion or other matter which are underneath your swimsuit. Most new spa facilities offer private showers; however, local swimming pools generally don’t. Don’t worry; it is an unspoken rule to not look at other guests while they are naked. Just remember, most people are too worried about you staring at them to stare at you. 

Natural hot springs are little pools of warm water which comes straight from the ground. These natural hot springs can be found all around Iceland and vary in heat. Some are safe for bathing while others are filled with scalding hot water and therefore should never be entered. Some natural hot springs have changing facilities situated close by and a pathway or other means to enter the water safely. 

Many geothermal pools are centred around a natural hot spring. The source of the water is the same but Icelanders have built facilities for ease of access and control of the temperatures. Later, other amenities have been added, such as saunas, swim-up bars, and massage facilities. 

You cannot bring any food or drinks to Icelandic swimming pools except for a bottle of water. Many pools have drinking fountains or stations where you can have a glass of water because it is important to stay hydrated. You can, however, buy drinks at many of the spas found around Iceland, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

Children under the elementary school age (6 years) can enter a changing room with a parent or legal guardian no matter their gender. 

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