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About Hot Spring Tours in Iceland

Hot Spring Tours are a selection of quality travel options that are specially designed to provide you with an unmatched and natural bathing experience in some of Iceland's most stunning aquatic wonders.

1. Where can I bathe in a natural hot spring?

Situated relatively close to the capital is Reykjadalur hot spring valley, a popular destination that attracts both locals and foreign travellers; Landmannalaugar geothermal area in the Highlands of Iceland is a favourite amongst hikers and mountaineers. Natural hot springs can be found all over Iceland, and when you come across one, please remember to leave it in the exact state you found it—too many Icelandic hot springs have been destroyed in recent years because of the foolish actions of unmindful people.

2. How do natural hot springs form?

Iceland is divided by the Mid-Atlantic Rift, and the constant movement of the Eurasian and North-American continental plates generates the country's intense volcanic activity. This geological feature, combined with an unparalleled water supply, causes Iceland to be dotted with natural hot springs which form when volcanically heated groundwater rises from the earth’s crust.

3. What is the difference between a geothermal pool and a hot spring?

The terms are used interchangeably, although 'geothermal pool' more often refers to a man-made construction while 'hot spring' almost always describes a natural feature.

4. Is bathing in a hot spring good for you?

Bathing in a natural hot spring is said to have health benefits because of the water's high mineral content.

5. Can you bathe in all of Iceland’s hot springs?

No, many are extremely hot, and some have become too unclean.

6. Do I need to bring my own towel?

Yes, most hot springs are out in nature where there are no facilities. Please remember to collect all your garbage and personal items before you leave since no one will be around to clean the area after you're gone.

7. Can I rent a bathing suit?

That depends on your operator. Please message your tour planner for further information.

8. How do I find the hot springs on my own?

Read up on their locations in advance, make notes on how to get there and ask the locals.

9. Are the hot springs dangerous?

Bathing in a hot spring of unstable temperature is dangerous, and you can get burned.

10. How do I proceed if I want to bathe in a hot spring that is situated on private land? 

You must ask permission from the landowners and respect their wishes. Do not trespass if you can't contact them. Remember that Iceland’s yearly flow of foreign guests outnumbers the country's permanent residents many times over; trespassing is disrespectful and can cause damage to untouched natural landscapes.

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This tour was kind of demanding but it was amazing!! It was my first time trying on fat bikes and they are soooo cool!!! I got so many cool pictures on this tour and I will never ever forget this day! This is a once in a lifetime experience.

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The best day I spent in Iceland. This trip was amazing and the schedule was managed very well. Our guide Michael was very patient, knowledgeable and handsome. He made the trip very flexible to ensure we have the best experience. Highly recommend!

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8 Day Winter Wonderland | National Parks & Ice Cave

4.6 average rating | 15 reviews

8 Day Winter Wonderland | National Parks & Ice Cave

This was a great trip, Francisco at Guide to Iceland was a great help and answered a whole bunch of random questions from us over the course of planning our trip. All of the tours and accommodations went nice and smoothly. We went with the mid-range hotel options and were placed in the Hotel Klettur in Reykjavik which was an awesome location. It was just a 2 or 3 block walk down to the main shopping/dining street and all of the tour buses picked us up right in front of the hotel (as opposed to meeting at a bus stop like it seemed some of the other hotels had to do). Our kids had really pushed for the high-end hotel option, but I think we picked the right one - we didn't fly to Iceland to have a fancy hotel experience after all. We went on 2 over night trips with Troll Expeditions. The buses were nice, though the "south coast tour" involved a lot more time sitting in the bus than I expected (we were driving through a nasty storm both days) but was worth it. I think the only mistake we made was opting for the northern lights by boat trip. We had figured that a boat would have more freedom to move around and find clear skies, but we basically motored out of the harbor and then made a couple of big circles in the same place for a while, all the time socked in by clouds. I think we'll try a mini-bus northern lights tour on our next visit, other travelers generally gave them more positive reviews.

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7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Cave Treat

4.6 average rating | 33 reviews

7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Cave Treat

I’ve just got back from a 7 day winter vacation, Northern lights & Ice cave tour by Guide to Iceland. I just wanted to give my feedback on my service agent, Embla, who handled everything for me. From when she sent me the first email introducing herself, no questions were too silly and she was always quick to respond. Even when I was on my tour and I had a problem I could email her and she would respond and sort things out very quickly, I mean the only problem I really had was my northern lights tour one evening was cancelled and Embla rebooked me on another one. There were absolutely no problems whilst booking with Guide to Iceland and Embla. The whole itinerary was well thought out and jam packed with the best of the South and West. Our first guide Maria for our two day trip was amazing, she showed us so many things and engaged with us the whole way. Nothing was too much trouble. Our full golden circle tour was with another guide from the same company Troll Expeditions and he was also very good, giving us a lot of local information and tales. Unfortunately for our 2 day ice cave and south tour we had a guide from Aurora Hunters who didn’t seem very friendly at all, from when he made the pick-ups in the morning he just didn’t seem as friendly as the others. Every stop was given a time limit, which actually wasn’t as necessary and then we didn’t have enough time to actually look around. On one stop at a gas station he wanted us to have lunch at 11.30, there was such a queue of people inside, many of us didn’t have anything due to the queue and not being hungry. Even though there were many stops along the way, he didn’t want to stop. He changed out itinerary slightly so we did the blue ice caves on our first day which was fine but that meant we had more time the following day but this was rushed. We stopped in Vik for a bathroom break and that was only half an hour, so we didn’t actually get to explore the place too much although we went further up the coast to the black sand beach and other areas. Apart from this guide, everything else was perfect, I was a solo traveller but the people that were on each tour made the trip great. I was booked into the Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel in Reykjavik for the main base, and this hotel was lovely. They gave me a lovely room every time I came back and the tea and coffee was on tap, even though it wasn’t in the rooms but that was fine. The hotel staff are really friendly and accommodating. They have a small menu for food every day, it is the same every day and the menu is limited. Most days when coming back from trips I would just eat there so had the burger with wedges, it was lovely but maybe their menu could do with a little more. I was told I could get a welcome pack from City Hall so on the day that I landed I thought I would seek it out as I wouldn’t have time any other day, unfortunately I was slightly disappointed that I had trekked all that way just to receive a folder with a map (which I already had) 4 postcards and a sim card to use whilst there. Bit disappointed in that, was expecting a bit more considering what I had paid for the trip. But despite the one not great tour guide and the welcome pack I would definitely book with Guide to Iceland again.

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Admission to Krauma Geothermal Baths

5 average rating | 3 reviews

Admission to Krauma Geothermal Baths

I tried the Krauma geothermal baths after a weekend of travelling around the Borgarfjörður region, it's hard to think of a better closure for a trip with your spouse. Relaxing in a luxorious geothermal bath overlooking the powerful Deildartunguhver and having a dinner in the restaurant afterwards. Very romantic indeed. It wasn't too crowded when we were there in early March, maybe because it's only been open for few months and not fully on peoples radar yet. Once the word spreads out and it gets more popular, the experience might be different, but for now it's easily a highlight of a trip around the region.

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7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Cave Treat

4.6 average rating | 33 reviews

7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Cave Treat

Besides the beautiful and perfect scenery of Iceland one of the things that I liked about this tour was how fast they responded to my emails everytime I needed to change something or to schedule a tour. The staff is VERY attentive. I loved this tour, I just fell in love with Iceland. Trust me, if you are someone that isn't into nature, after seeing Iceland you will love nature. I have never ever in my life seen such beautiful and perfect places. The nature that Iceland have is breathtaking, it looks even better than a picture in a postcard. I LOVE ICELAND.

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We took five days in Iceland for a mother-daughter getaway and it was far better than we'd even hoped. In spite of some weather challenges, we were able to experience so much - Diamond Beach, black sand, glacier walking, Northern Lights! We were worried about the food, but the restaurants we chose had outstanding dishes! The guides were punctual and helpful and all proud to show off the unique features of their country. A perfect long weekend and great bonding experience. Thank you!!!!

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Amazing just Amazing! I had the best time even if the weather gave me a hard time but the people of Guide to Iceland (especially Òmar) helped me so much with rearranging everything for me and replying quickly to every email I sent them! Thank you guys that helped me get Iceland off my bucket list and have the best time!

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这个5天的行程将冬季冰岛主要特色一网打尽,值得推荐。正是由于安排紧凑,天气原因会带来不确定性。我们运气不错,每段行程都有惊无险,尽兴而归,Blue Lagoon和南岸是精华。我们GTI的客服Livia反馈非常到位及时,对我们合理安排行程很有帮助。行程单涵盖了大部分细节。不过到冰岛后也要随时保持检查邮件和手机畅通,及时和供应商联系,防止行程有变。我们第二天去黄金圈,GTI的行程单定的9点出发,8点吃早餐时司机已经来接,对不上号因为不是行程单上的供应商。给供应商打电话,他们说昨天给我发了邮件通知由另一家8点来接我们。如果我们不是碰巧在大堂吃早餐,司机来时接不到我们,这个春节之旅将多堵心!同一天看极光,等了5分钟没人来接,给供应商打电话询问,原来当天取消了,但是完全没有通知。供应商说给换到另一天,并且按我的要求发了邮件确认。送机小巴从酒店接驳到一个中转站,从那里换大巴士去机场,所以基本提前4小时从酒店接,早上7点多的航班得乘3点半的车离开酒店。于是我们在雷市多留了一天。在雷市的这天彻底体会到冰岛天气的瞬息万变,阳光、雨、雪不断反复交替。另外这5天的行程不含市区,不过雷市还是值得转转的。

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7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Cave Treat

4.6 average rating | 33 reviews

7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Cave Treat

Very professional. Very easy to contact. Their office was located in walking distance. They respond to the emails almost immediately. They work with you and answer all questions. We had a cancellation of our 2 day trip and we were able to swap it with the other trip. They give you guidelines for what to wear,etc. Plenty of restroom stops in the way. All the guides were excellent and had a lot of local knowledge about the places. Unfortunately, we were not able to see the Northern lights, due to bad weather. We did attempt a couple of times. On the whole it was a well planned and executed trip, and I would recommend them to others.

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My experience on the 4 day Guide To Iceland Tour was fabulous! Before my trip started, they contacted me and sent all the information I needed to know. When I got to Iceland, my luggage did not arrive, I contacted Emla - my agent and she was very nice and helpful. All tours were really good and tour guides honestly go above and beyond! There is a tour guide named Omar on the Northern Lights Tour that he even took pictures of all of us for free and sent them via email, just for us to have a good memory on Iceland. The only thing I felt it was a pity was that it mentioned that all buses had wifi connection, and for me that was really important to keep in touch with people and family, and there wasn't any wifi at all. My overall experience was GREAT and I highly recommend it!!

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We just returned from Iceland where we did the 5 day Tour. I want to say first off that it was SO nice to have someone local to organize this trip for us- we knew we had accommodations, airport transfers, and hotel transfers booked for us. The hotels we stayed in were perfect, we even had a free upgrade in our first hotel! I had two different correspondents with Guide to Iceland and both were very quick to reply and extremely helpful both leading up to our trip and while we were there. The tours are done in mini buses with 14-18 people in each. The tours are FULL days, so expect to be picked up early and dropped off between 6-8. Our guides on the tours were very knowledgeable and quite personable. We have to reschedule our 2 day South Coast tour, so we were very happy that we booked 7 full days in Iceland to allow this flexibility! Even though the high winds kept us stuck in Vik for an additional 4 hours, our guides Hause and BoBo made sure to keep us informed, took us to a sweet local cafe and eventually got us home safely! The ice cave had flooded when we arrived, to no fault of anyone’s but Mother Nature, but our guide still took us up the glacier and made the trip worth every moment! It is important to know that the bus transfer from the airport to your hotel leaves every hour on the half hour- had we known this we would not have stood outside in the rainy very strong winds for 45 minutes waiting for it to arrive. Honestly, this was our only complaint! Some more detail and clarity about where to catch the bus outside of the airport and it’s schedule would clear that all up. All in all, our trip was a once in a lifetime experience and one we are sure not to forget any time soon! And while we didn’t see the Northern Lights during our stay, we got quite the show on the plane ride home so keep those window shades down! Thanks again to all those at Guide To Iceland for this wonderful experience

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We had a great time, the whole tour was amazing. I recomend an extra day to visit the city because the tours leave early and get back late. Our tour guides were really good and we didn't have any problems

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I booked the 5-Day Winter Package with Guide to Iceland, I was traveling alone and I believe that it was the best experience in my life. Iceland is absolutely amazing, the landscapes are unbelievable. Unfortunately, I couldn't see the Northern Lights, because the weather was not good, even though I knew it was possible to happen. Anyway, even without the Northern Lights, Iceland is completely worth it, and there is A LOT to see there! People over there are really nice. My service agent was Berenika Lenard, she prepared the tour for me and when I had to reschedule my pick up to airport she booked for me. About the Northern Lights tour, Berenika was absent the 2 first days of my trip, the tour was canceled the first day and her collegues from Guide to Iceland rescheduled the tour for the next day, but when it was canceled again and I sent an email asking about the tour they didn't answered me anymore. Despite that, Guide to Iceland is very competent and professional. I loved everything in Iceland, this trip will be unforgettable for sure.

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7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Cave Treat

4.6 average rating | 33 reviews

7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Cave Treat

Overall a great experience, I lost the first day due to airport closure in iceland but They still managed to re-book some activities to fit the agenda in the days left. Great service

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