Thanks to its intense geothermal activity, Iceland is a country with many hot springs and thermal baths.
It is the land of fire and ice, a land of extremes with many interesting places to visit and unique things to experience.
Bathing in a natural pool is a very common thing among locals a habit adopted very quickly by tourists. As a local, you can bathe whenever you want but as a tourist, you have to know when is the best time to visit Iceland hot springs in order to plan your trip wisely.
First, I was not very sure if I want to bathe in a natural pool. I did not feel very comfortable about it, especially because outside was pretty cold. But everybody did it so I did it too!
I experienced bathing in hot springs in autumn and it was very interesting! It was cold outside, around -3 degrees Celsius and the water temperature was 30 degrees Celsius. A deep feeling of relaxation overflows my body. I just don’t want to get out of the water!
If at first, I wasn’t going to get in the natural pool, at the end, I didn’t want to get out!
The main downside was the outside temperature. Headaches are a common thing when bathing in hot springs in winter and late autumn when it is very cold. And this is because the differences in temperatures are very high. You sweat and there is the steam from the hot water and outside are negative temperatures, and if you generally suffer from migraines or headaches for sure you will feel the temperature differences.
In winter is even more terrible! The outside temperature is even lower and the wind is very strong. It is a beautiful experience but you cannot fully enjoy it! That is why I don’t think winter and autumn are the best time to visit Iceland hot springs.
And there is another thing about winter, autumn and bathing in hot springs! Walking from the dressing room to the natural pool in a swimming suit seems very far! Even if between the dressing room and the pool is a small distance, because of the low temperatures that few meters from changing room to the pool seems like kilometres! I hated it! I really did!
When I was reaching the water I was cold as ice and once I got into the water I didn’t want to get out!
The further you go from the hot spring the colder is the water from the pool. And because it is cold, you don’t feel that comfortable!
Taking all these facts into consideration I would say that spring is the best time to enjoy hot springs in Iceland.
When is the best time to visit Iceland hot springs ? is it spring ?
In spring the differences between outside temperature and water temperature are not that significant, the wind is not that strong and the number of tourists is still reasonable.
And there is another thing! Because is shoulder season the prices are reasonable and the crowds did not arrive yet! So you have the chance to enjoy the moment! I cannot say that you have the pools just for yourself, but if you are lucky you can have a big part of the pool just for yourself. I don’t like to be surrounded by many people and I love that the prices are reasonable and the differences in temperature are not that high!
Myvatn is located in the northeast part of Iceland and offers a more authentic experience, while Blue Lagoon Spa is located close to Keflavik International Airport.
In summer, for example, Blue Lagoon Spa is so crowded that you have to book your ticket with a few days, even a week in advance! I don’t think is necessary to tell you that the authenticity and the Wow factor of the experience disappear! You will be surrounded by dozens of people searching for the perfect spot in the natural pool!
Besides these two natural pools, there are dozens of others, but most of them do not have the facilities which Myvatn and Blue Spa have.
If you are searching for a more authentic experience and you are not very picky when speaking about facilities, then you should try the natural pools known by locals. They are not that touristic and they have a special vibe!
For reaching Myvatn natural pools and other hot springs popular among locals you need to rent a car to have the freedom to move. In Iceland, public transport outside the cities is not very well developed. Actually, in Iceland, everybody has a car. So, renting a car in Iceland is vital if you want to visit different places.
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We rented a car and drive along the Ring Road! We stopped to Myvatn for a relaxing bath when we reached the northeast side of the island and we booked a few hours to Blue Lagoon when we returned to Iceland capital. Both locations have their own beauty and charm!
It was a memorable trip and each of the natural pools offer you a completely different experience that’s for sure! And don’t forget! Spring is the best time to visit Iceland hot springs!