Discovering Iceland's Most Awe-Inspiring Geothermal Spas

There are more hot springs in the arctic than you think.

  Photo: instagram.com/bluelagoonis

Photo: instagram.com/bluelagoonis

If it seems as though everyone’s wish list of travel destinations has Iceland positioned at the very top, there's plausible cause. With its mountainous and volcanic landscape, the sought-after Northern Lights, and lush green countryside, Iceland is an explorer's paradise. To add to its majestic natural wonders, add a host of geothermal spas—a bonus for the traveling beauty enthusiast.

In Iceland, geothermal energy is a way of life. Geothermal plants power electricity and heat local homesteads as well as the water that runs inside of the dwellings. These very plants are used to heat large bodies of water with skin-healing properties, creating cult-favorite natural spas like the Blue Lagoon. Such geothermal spas, also referred to as mineral baths, hot springs, or swimming pools in Iceland, offer and overflow of benefits for both mind and body.

Physically, geothermal spas promote blood circulation, particularly when the warm water contains calcium and sodium bicarbonate. When absorbed into your skin, the minerals create that same flushed feel you notice during a workout. The waters have also been said to help relieve chronic muscle and joint pain, and other symptoms of arthritis. And many hot springs are known to soften dry skin and relieve eczema or psoriasis flare-ups.

For those under a lot of stress or suffering from insomnia, geothermal spas are a natural option for unwinding. As you step into the water, your body's temperature will rise. As it you adjust, your temperature will stabilize, and once you're ready to towel-dry, your body heat will decrease to its normal state. These temperature fluctuations promote relaxation and can help lull you into a deep sleep once you're ready for bed.

Read up on Iceland's most popular (and picturesque) geothermal spas in the slideshow, below.