If you aren’t interested in exploring caves, you’ll find another fabulous alternative, geothermal pools. In Iceland, you can swim any day of the year, even in winter. That’s because the warm pools, thanks to all of the country’s volcanoes, are around practically every corner. Heated by energy from the earth, they’re warm enough to comfortably swim in no matter what the temperature is outside. There are 16 pools in the capital city alone, with each generally offering a number of different pools with varying temperatures. Taking a dip into the steamy hot mineral waters surrounded by snow and ice is especially amazing.
While there are pools throughout the country, the Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s most famous. Few regret the experience of swimming in the warm, milky aquamarine waters surrounded by black lava rocks – and, heading to the bar in the middle to sip strawberry champagne, a beer, or even a green smoothie, if that’s your thing.