Midsummer 2022 I spent in Iceland and had a fantastic experience. I had previously visited the island once accompanied by torrential rain but now the weather was on my side and the rain jacket did not need to be used too often. Iceland is named the world’s third happiest country, Iceland is firmly established as an attractive destination for those who want a trip for the sake of well-being. Tourism grew by 400% between 2010 and 2018 and the increase is continuing. Iceland’s large range of wellness offers, among other things, hot springs, geothermal pools and the world’s cleanest drinking water, things that were all features of my midsummer trip to the island.
Thermal baths and geometric pools
Iceland’s warm, mineral-rich and geothermal waters have done much to make the coldest winters pleasant. Ever since the Viking Age, Icelanders have bathed in the pools and it is an activity deeply rooted in Icelandic culture. Many experts claim that the natural bathing can be linked to the well-being of the Icelanders. The geometric pools range from small natural hot springs located in remote fields to large, well-maintained swimming pools in practically every village in Iceland. I was advised to visit the Hveragerði springs which can be easily reached by bus from Reykjavik. Unfortunately, the tip remained a tip as I filled the days with other activities. Tried a luxury spa I absolutely did. On my first visit to Iceland I was at the Blue Lagoon and this time I went to the Sky Lagoon which was like a dream. If I get the opportunity to visit the island again, I would love to try the Laugarvatn Fontana Spa. A lesser-known but beloved spa along the Golden Circle route. This is a refreshing place where you can enjoy the healing powers of geothermal water and listen to the bubbling hot spring in the steam rooms. Spat also has a unique geothermal bakery, where bread is baked by the lakeshore using underground geothermal heat. Enjoy the bread served warm straight from the oven with melting, salty Icelandic butter. How luxurious doesn’t that sound?
Outside the town of Egilsstaðir in eastern Iceland is Vök Baths – a new design bath that is equal relaxing as photogenic. The natural hot springs are reached via a short footpath
bubbling deep beneath Lake Urriðavatn. Vök is the Icelandic word for “hole in the ice”, and the baths are both named and shaped after these mysterious spots that appear on the lake’s icy surface on the winter. Maybe a swimming safari in Iceland would be something? works perfectly as a long weekend trip all year round.
Mývatns Nature Baths
In northern Iceland, the Mývatn Nature Baths get their heated water from nearby
geothermal power plant Bjarnarflag. The alkaline water contains impressive amounts
sulfur and rich minerals that can help heal things like asthma, skin problems and
breathing problems. These baths are similar to the famous Blue Lagoon, but they are less famous andare in a lower price range. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. An iconic lagoon and known as Iceland’s deepest lake, Jökulsárlón is located in southeast Iceland. The area is filled with breathtaking views of icebergs, seals swimming at the beach and flocks with wild birds. A short walk from there is also Diamond Beach, a black sandy beach where visitors can see glistening icebergs drifting into the Atlantic. Jökulsárlón and Diamond Beach, on the other hand, are not baths like the other places. Here, instead, you can enjoy the meditative beauty of the lagoon through a boat trip, or on a guided kayaking trip during the summer.
How to get to Iceland
The easiest way is to travel with Iceland’s largest airline Icelandair directly from Arlanda to Reykjavik. Icelandair also flies from most major cities in Europe if your place of departure is elsewhere. If you fly with Icelandair’s Saga Premium cabin class, you will be able to unwind already at Arlanda with access to the lounge and look forward to comfortable benefits on board.
/ Pernilla that wouldn’t mind another trip to Iceland