Iceland has become a very popular vacation destination in recent years and the reasons why are quite obvious if you have seen any pictures of this amazing place. While an adventure-lovers heaven, it is also famous for having some pretty epic spas. One of the most iconic and well-known bucket-list destinations is Iceland’s Blue Lagoon Spa. However, the Myvatn Nature Baths are an amazing, very similar option too. But, which is best for you? Here’s a handy comparison to help you decide between Iceland’s Blue Lagoon vs. Myvatn Nature Baths.
Iceland Spa Locations
If planning an Iceland spa day, location really is everything. Depending on where you will be visiting, your options may be limited. It is also worth noting that while Iceland’s Blue Lagoon and the Myvatn Nature Baths are two of the biggest spa options in the country, there are plenty of other smaller spas as well as natural hot springs.
Blue Lagoon – Near Reykjavik: If you are flying into Keflavik Airport on the Reykjanes Peninsula and spending most of your time around Reykjavik, this is definitely the more convenient option of the two. Many people spend their Iceland spa day here before they leave or right after getting to the country, since it is very close to the airport. They even have places for you to store luggage (for a fee).
Myvatn Nature Baths – East Iceland: An out-of-the-way location, especially if you are based in Reykjavik. But perfect if you are driving the Ring Road since you will be craving a nice place to relax about half-way in. From Reykjavik, the drive is 6-12 hours depending on which way you go and how often you stop. We really suggest at least a week to drive the Ring Road. However, if flying into Akureyri, it is only about two hours away.
View Comparison of Iceland Spas
Honestly, if you want breathtaking views, just drive around Iceland! The location of these two main Iceland spas aren’t extremely scenic compared to other places we visited, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still beautiful.
Blue Lagoon – Volcanic Views: Black volcanic rock for miles and miles and miles. Some covered in green moss for added beauty. This area is very barren, but so very unique.
Myvatn Nature Baths – Lake Views: Overlooking the town of Myvatn, including the gorgeous and vast Myvatn Lake. This area has a lot more to look at than the Blue Lagoon, but a slightly similar landscape.
Iceland Spa Popularity
Can’t stand crowds? Same. While Iceland’s popularity is ever-growing in general, there was a difference in the number of people at these top spas.
Blue Lagoon – BUSY!: Since this Iceland spa is a bucket-list item for many people, it can be pretty crowded – especially during peak hours and seasons. That was my least favorite thing about it. However, we went on a Sunday – so perhaps it would have been better on a weekday!
Myvatn Nature Baths – More Relaxing: Definitely not as crowded even on weekends. We had plenty of space all to ourselves and everyone around was quiet and chill.
Unique Features of Top Iceland Spas
While each of these popular Iceland spas are enjoyable, they do have their own unique reasons why.
Blue Lagoon – More Luxury: This place is huge! And there are waterfalls, caves and rocky areas to lounge on. Plus, buckets of silica to rub all over you – it’s great for your skin! And they have some awesome souvenir options!
Myvatn Nature Baths – More Simple: Smaller, but many enjoyable areas to sprawl out including underwater benches. Also worth noting, this area of the country has a bunch of unique geothermal areas to check out!
On-Site Iceland Spa Food & Drinks
Of course, having some options for food and drinks is a plus when visiting one of these popular Iceland spas in order to be able to stay all day if you’d like – or sip a drink while you soak.
Blue Lagoon – Great Options!: The Lava Restaurant is an on-site, upscale option and it is superb. You get to have a delicious dinner, dessert, and a cocktail while you look over the serene waters of the lagoon – kind of hard to beat! This was definitely a highlight for us. There is also a swim-up bar in the lagoon with a few different options. It was definitely the most popular place to be!
Myvatn Nature Baths – Basic Options: The Kaffi Kviki has some basic options in a cafe atmosphere. Nothing too fancy, but it will do the trick if you are hungry after taking a dip.
Other Things to Note for These Iceland Spas
Still on the fence about which Iceland spa to choose? Here are our last tips to help you decide. Or, be like us and try both!
Blue Lagoon: The level of silica seemed way higher here. I dipped my head in both baths, but my hair was crunchy for days after the Blue Lagoon – even after putting tons of leave-in conditioner in.
Myvatn Nature Baths: The midges don’t bug you once you are actually around the water, but walking up to the building you are likely to get swarmed. They are all over Myvatn. Hate those things!
(Warning: Don’t wear jewelry into the water at either place, it will have negative effects).
Man-made baths not your thing? Take advantage of one of the dozens of natural hot springs throughout the country! They are seriously all over the place … just ask a local where to find one nearby. There are also smaller Iceland spas popping up all the time.
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Am at Myvatn cafe as I write this. Worth mentioning that, if you’re doing the ring road and budgeting, Myvatn is half the price of the Blue Lagoon.