When most people think of Iceland they think of the iconic Blue Lagoon, that perfectly instagrammable location signifies everything Iceland. Or does it? Iceland is a wild and raw country with plenty of natural lagoons surrounded by nature. The Blue Lagoon, however, is commercialized and crowded. Enjoy the real Iceland and find The Secret Lagoon. The Secret Lagoon, is just what the title hints at, secret and intimate. With a limit on the amount of people allowed in and tucked away in a small Icelandic town this place became my favorite with two visits as I drove around the country. It can be tricky to find, but keep an eye our for the signs in the town of Flúðir for the Lagoon.
Secret Lagoon in Iceland
The friendly staff at the Secret Lagoon in Iceland welcome you into the small office, with a lounge area for those not wanting to go in. Check in at the counter where you can purchase tickets, a towel and some wine or beer! All up it’s about $9 per person and $3 for the towels. Be careful, if you arrive during peak time, in the evening, with their headcount limit, you may not be able to make it in. So, have a plan B or get ready there early in the evening.
There are two seperate locker rooms for males and females and the facilities are quite nice. You can safely store any valuables or clothing in the lockers, but make sure to leave your shoes outside the room. You’re expected to shower upon arrival and when they say shower, they mean shower. Take off ALL your clothing and soap up. There’s even handy signs in the shower room, reminding you that fecal matter and sweat are on your body. It’s ok, don’t be shy, when in Rome, right?
In the winter the walk to the lagoon is cold and icy, so be careful, but once you enter the warm waters you’re in heaven. The warmest spot of the lagoon is against the right hand wall. A spooky mist covers the lagoon, with a nearby geyser erupting every few minutes and the abandoned old bath house crumbling in the distance. My boyfriend and I enjoyed wine and stayed soaking for hours.
I highly recommend the Secret Lagoon for anyone driving through Iceland! It is one of the best lagoons around Iceland for a relaxing spa like treatment among the elements of the wild.