Much to the dismay of Icelandic locals, the secret is out about their incredible hot spring attraction – and now everyone who goes there makes sure to stop by. Set amongst a volcanic terrain covered in grey moss, its enticing milky-blue water feels as good as it looks. The temperature stays 39°C (102°F) all year-round, so it never sleeps from its service to locals and tourists alike. On top of that, the water inside fully replenishes itself every 48 hours.
Thanks to its soothing waters, rich skin nourishment, and jaw-dropping views, it’s now skyrocketing to the top of everyone’s bucket list thanks to National Geographic naming it one of the top 25 Wonders of the World, and Condé Nast Traveller giving it the Top 10 Worldwide Spas award.
No matter what time of year you’re visiting, it’s best to plan your stay there in the evening. In summers, the sun is out at midnight – and in winters, the Northern Lights luminesce overhead. It can be found in southwest Iceland on the Reykjanes Peninsula, a rocky area scattered with pointy volcanoes. Since it’s actually only a 15-minute drive from the airport and a 30-minute drive from the capital, it’s impossible and absurd for anyone who visits to miss it.
But keep in mind, all this new buzz around it has made it quite in demand quite quickly, so get on those reservations a few weeks in advance if you plan to go. You won’t regret it.