The Secret Lagoon: Oldest Geothermal Swimming Pool in Iceland
Iceland is located at the edge of the Arctic circle and is globally known for the breathtaking landscape, panoramic views with geological contrasts, few of the largest glaciers, human-sized icebergs on the diamond beach, and the naturally occurring phenomenon – Aurora. Iceland will surprise you at every step. And one of the many other adventure spots includes The Secret Lagoon. Make sure you don’t miss out visiting the Hot springs of Iceland, it is one of the most popular tourist attraction.
About the Secret Lagoon
The Secret Lagoon was constructed in 1891 and has been the official oldest swimming pool in Iceland. Natives call it ‘Gamla Laugin’ or ‘the old pool’. A man-made pool, The Secret Lagoon is fed by the naturally occurring hot springs at Hverahólmi, the geothermal area, next to Flúðir village in southern Iceland. The hot spring is located in the Golden Circle area, and is close to the Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area. Flúðir is well known for the volcanic activity, that is beneficial to be used for agriculture and horticulture and thus helpful in producing fresh food throughout the year.
Enjoy the Goodness of Natural Hot Water Bath
Over the years the pool has been modified to accommodate a larger number of people; though it makes use of the natural terrain and geothermal heating to give true Icelandic feeling to the tourists. The water stays consistently steady at 38-40 Celsius (100° Fahrenheit) all year long. The pool is located amidst the lap of nature that is complemented by the steam rising into the air, which makes this place magical, calm, and surreal. Not just this, the area has numerous geothermal spots along with a little Geysir that erupts every 5 minutes. If you visit during winters, you will be awestruck by the light show overhead, yes, these are the northern lights fluttering over the sky that are often clearly visible from the Secret Lagoon. There is no better way to relax in the pool’s warm water that rejuvenates you and makes you feel refreshed. When visiting the Secret Lagoon, don’t forget to carry your swimsuit and towel, although you can rent one at the hot spring if you forgot your own.
Admission to the Secret Lagoon
Road trip transportation
Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
Lockers & showers at the Secret Lagoon
Hotel pick up from your accommodation in Reykjavik
Hotel drop off at your accommodation in Reykjavik
Free WiFi on the bus
What to bring
Good to know
- Towel and swimsuit are not included but can be rented at the Secret Lagoon.
- Please present your electronic travel voucher / ticket at the time of tour departure.
- Pick up from hotels, guesthouses and designated bus stops starts 30 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.
- This tour is only available with a pick up from Reykjavik.
- You can bring snacks and beverages on the tour if you like.
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Most frequent questions and answers
For tours that state that they pick up from Reykjavík, we ask all our customers to send their pick up location at least 24 hours prior to the departure of their tour. We cannot be responsible if you do not provide your pick up location, we won’t be responsible if you miss your tour.
Pick up from hotels, guesthouses and designated bus stops starts 30 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.
Due to regulations of Reykjavik City, tour companies are allowed to stop at certain designated bus stop locations in the city centre to pick up passengers. It is stated on your voucher whether we will pick you up directly from your accommodation or from the bus stop.
Find the closest designated pick up location using the map below:
Check in at Gray Line Bus Terminal is 15 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.
You will receive a full refund if the tour gets cancelled due to weather.
You will have around 2 hours to enjoy the Blue Lagoon.
Admission price includes access to the hot springs bathing area and changing facilities with lockers and showers.
The Secret Lagoon is located in the fertile countryside of South Iceland, while the Blue Lagoon is in the middle of a lava field. The Secret Lagoon has clear geothermally heated water. The Blue Lagoon, on the other side, has milky blue geothermally heated water that contains algae and silica and other minerals. The Secret Lagoon is simple and quiet and local, while the Blue Lagoon is much bigger and more elaborate and offers steam rooms and spa services
Yes, we recommend booking in advance, since the capacity at Secret Lagoon is limited.
The water has approximately 38-40°C.
Secret Lagoon is not very deep, it is approximately 1 meter (2-3 feet) deep.
No, Secret Lagoon closes at 20:00 during the wintertime and at 22:00 during summertime. After closing, there is no access.
Yes, you can rent swimsuits and towels at the Secret Lagoon.