Iceland’s Lagoons and Thermal Pools

A visit to Iceland isn’t complete without visiting at least one of Iceland’s Lagoons and Thermal Pools, from the secret to blue to an outdoor pool.

Blue Lagoon

The most famous of all the lagoons, and the most iconic. Pre booking is essential. If you have gone for the basic option, remember, to bring a towel! The showers and locker facilities as with all the pools, is great and are included in the price.

Catherine and I arrived here, straight off the plane. It was the perfect start to a holiday, and a great way to relax the night before a race. The lagoon is definitely very blue, I’ve not edited any of the photos, so it’s as blue as I saw it!

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

The face masks were brilliant! Does anyone else get an itchy face immediately after applying one though?!

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

The cranes you see behind me is a hotel which is due to open in the summer.

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

You would think you were anywhere but Iceland!

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

I loved the contrast between the blue of the water, the dark sky and the rolling hills in the background.

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Suðurbæjarlaug

Hafnarfjörður is on the outskirts of Reykjavík, home to three thermal pools. Suðurbæjarlaug is where Catherine and I spent a blissfull and rather blue Monday morning. This is very much a pool for the locals. The lifeguard on duty seemed surprised to have tourists! This had to be my favourite swimming adventure, it was just us and the locals. The pool was set up for lane swimming, with two water slides at the far end. I managed to resists temptation to slide down them! There was also 3 hot tubs, ranging from hot, hotter and even hotter. I only lasted a few minutes in the 41-43 degree swimming pool. The 37-39 degree pool was amazing. It was always surreal being so hot whilst in the water, but cooling down immediately as you got out to the 1 degree air temperature!

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

You can clearly see the steam rising up from the water!

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Secret Lagoon

First things first, the secret lagoon is not an actual secret. It’s on the way back from the Golden Circle, it’s popular and busy but not as much as the Blue Lagoon. It was the hottest of the pools we visited. I loved the noodles you got to bob about/float in! The little Geysir goes off every 40 minutes, which makes the place even more steamy. Walking around seeing the other pools and geysirs was a great method of cooling down.

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools

Iceland's Lagoons and Thermal Pools