geothermal Areas

Geothermal

Iceland is one of the most geologically active places on Earth, located on the mid Atlantic rift, between European and American tectonic plates, that are moving away from another at rate of 2 cm per year. As the plates diverge, molten rock or magma flows up to fill the gap between the plates. Geothermal water is created when rainwater sinks through porous rock where it is heated by the magma. The heated water then rises back either to the Earth´s crust or all the way to the surface creating hot springs.

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South Iceland

Blue Lagoon

Located on the Reykjanes Peninsula in a lava field close to Keflavík Airport. It is about 7,000 square metres (75,300 square feet), and 1.4 metres at

North Iceland

Borholan í Kellingafjöllum

Borholan Kellingafjöll- Borholholan  Pool in The Kerlingafjöll Mountains The Kerlingafjöll Mountains are located close to Hofsjökull glacier on the highland route Kjalvegur. It used to be

South Iceland

Brimketill

Located on the Reykjanes Peninsula. A large, natural rock pool formed by endless surf breaking on the lava rocks of the coast. People do not usually

West Iceland

Deildartunguhver

Deildartunguhver Hot Spring Deildartunguhver is a hot spring in Reykholtsdalur in West Iceland. It is the fastest flowing hot spring in Europe, providing 180 L/sec of

South Iceland

Gamla laugin

Gamla laugin- The Secret Lagoon. The Secret Lagoon is located in Hverahólmar  in the village Flúðir. It has been connected to the Golden Circle since the

South Iceland

Geysir

Located in Haukadalur valley in South Iceland, close to the Hvítá river and probably the best known hot spring area in the world. There are several

North Iceland

Grettislaug

Grettislaug Pool These are two man made rock pools built over a hot spring at Reykir, close to the town of Sauðarkrókur in North Iceland. The

West Iceland

Guðrúnarlaug

Guðrúnarlaug Pool Located in North West Iceland and named after Guðrún Ósvífursdóttir, the heroine of the best-known of the Icelandic Sagas, Laxdæla Saga. The pool is

South Iceland

Gunnuhver

Located on the Reykjanes Peninsula, Gunnuhver is the name of a highly active geothermal area, with many mud pools, hot springs, and steam vents. The area

West Iceland

Hellulaug

Hellulaug Pool Hellulaug is a natural geothermal pool in the southern Western Fjords. It is located by the sea in Vatnsjförður, about 400 meters east of

East Iceland

Holuhraun

Holuhraun Lava Field Holuhraun is a new lava field located north of Vatnajökull glacier and south of lake Askja. It was created by fissure eruptions that

North Iceland

Hveravellir

A geothermal area in the Central Highlands of Iceland, located between the Langjökull and Hofsjökull glaciers. It is on the highland route Kjalvegur, which connects the

South Iceland

Krýsuvík

Krisuvik is a highly active geothermal area on the south of the Reykjanes Peninsula. The main area is called Seltún, and has marked trails, wooden boardwalks

West Iceland

Landbrotalaug

Landbrotalaug is a small, natural, geothermal pool with room for 3-4 people. The water temperature is about 40° C (104 F) and the water is deep

South Iceland

Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar is a remote geothermal area known for its lavafields and hot springs. Located in the Highlands of Iceland, next to the black lava field Laugahraun,

East Iceland

Laugarvallarlaug

Laugarvallarlaug geothermal Pool Laugarvallarlaug geothermal pool is located in the green valley of Laugarvalladalur in North East Iceland close to the river Jökulsá í Dal. It

North Iceland

Mývatn Nature Bath

Jarðböð Mývatn Located in North Iceland, close to Lake Mývatn, this is a man-made lagoon for bathing and relaxing, similar to the famous Blue lagoon. Water

North Iceland

Námafjallahverir

Located in North East Iceland, close to Lake Mývatn, in the foothills of the volcanic mountain Námafjall, is the geothermal area of Hverarönd or Hverir. It

South Iceland

Reykjadalur

Reykjadalur is the name of a geothermal area close to the town of Hveragerði in South Iceland. It is about a one hour hike along the

West Iceland

Reykjafjarðarlaug

Reykjafjarðarlaug Pool A swimming pool located in Reykjafjörður, a small fjord within the larger Arnafjörður in the Western Fjords. The water source is a hot spring

South Iceland

Seljavallalaug

Seljavallalaug Pool It was built in 1923 and the first pool in Iceland to be used for swimming lessons. The pool is 25m x 10m and

West Iceland

Snorralaug

Snorralaug Pool Located in the small Icelandic village of Reykholt in West Iceland and first mentioned in the 12th Century writings of Snorri Sturluson (1178-1241), one