Soak in a natural swimming pool in South Iceland

The oldest swimming pool in Iceland, "Gamla laugin" in Flúðir, South Iceland is now known as the Secret Lagoon. It's actually not very secret as it's become very popular with tourists in the last couple of years, but it's definitely worth a visit. 

Flúðir is an area known for its natural hot springs and greenhouses where vegetables are cultivated. The old pool was built in 1891, using the water from the natural springs and was used to give children swimming lessons until the year 1947 when the new pool was built at Flúðir and the older one fell into oblivion. 

The old pool now features modern changing facilities and a café but the pool itself has remained unchanged. Don't expect anything fancy like the Blue Lagoon, but instead, its a gorgeously charming spot with steam rising into the air and bubbling hot springs all around. The warm water is not chlorinated as it comes straight from the source, and has a slightly green colour. The bottom of the pool is natural gravel. 

The drive to the Secret Lagoon from Reykjavik takes about an hour and a half and it's a perfect pit stop on a journey to this attractive area in South Iceland. 

For opening hours, ticket prices and more information visit secretlagoon.is

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