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The Secret Lagoon

The Secret Lagoon, known locally as Gamla Laugin, is the oldest swimming pool in Iceland. It was made in 1891 at Hveraholmi, a geothermal area near Fludir.

What is the Secret Lagoon in Iceland?

Throughout history in Iceland, it has been tradition to bathe and wash clothes in the warm waters created by geothermal activity. In Hveraholmi, where the Secret Lagoon is located, the hot springs were originally used for this reason and later held the first swimming lessons in Iceland. In 2005, the area was then chosen to be improved and in June 2014, the Secret Lagoon was opened to the public.

The Secret Lagoon in Iceland, also known locally as Gamla Laugin, is a stunning geothermal area where you can sit and relax in the rich natural resources of warm water which come directly from hot springs. Vaðmálahver, Básahver, or Litli Geysir, the latter being an active geyser viewable from the lagoon spouting a show every few minutes, provide 100% of the water supply in the lagoon. The water temperature is typically between 38-40° Celsius all year long. It is the perfect place to come and relax, especially after enjoying a trip around the famous Iceland Golden Circle.

Where is the Secret Lagoon in Iceland? And how do you get there?

The Secret Lagoon is situated within the popular Golden Circle route in the area of Hveraholmi. It is close to the waterfall of Gullfoss, in the village of Flúðir. If you’re driving yourself by car, we recommend following the Golden Circle route from Reykjavik. Here, you’ll pass through Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Hot Springs and Gullfoss, one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland. After you can drive down to the Secret Lagoon before heading back along to Sellfoss and back to Reykjavik.  Alternatively, there are several buses you can catch from Reykjavik or why not join one of our escorted Secret Lagoon tours. We can collect you from several pickup points and take you directly to the Secret Lagoon so you don’t have to worry about getting lost.

The Secret Lagoon vs The Blue Lagoon

Many visitors to Iceland wonder what the difference is between the Blue Lagoon and the Secret Lagoon in Iceland. Truly, there’s little difference if you’re wanting to simply relax in some of Iceland’s famous warm waters.  Since the Blue Lagoon is the most famous hot spring in all of Iceland, you will find it to be busier, especially during peak seasons. It is also slightly more expensive but has additional facilities such as saunas and steam rooms. The Blue Lagoon is also located closer to Reykjavik, near to Keflavík International Airport whereas the is found in South Iceland.

Both hot springs have their own distinct charm, and we always recommend you visit at least one during your time in Iceland. If you’d like to learn more about our Blue Lagoon and Secret Lagoon tours and compare them for yourself, head over to our excursion page here. Alternatively, get in touch with our team at info@icelandholidays.com and we’d be happy to advise you on the options available.

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