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10 Places To Visit In Iceland (That Are Less Expensive Than The Blue Lagoon)

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10 Places To Visit In Iceland (That Are Less Expensive Than The Blue Lagoon)

Iceland is one of the most trending destinations to travel nowadays, specifically during the summer (mid-June through August). However, it's not a cheap place to visit, especially if we're talking about Reykjavik.

Specifically, the less expensive tickets for the Blue Lagoon, one of the tourists' favorite attractions, cost approximately $50 per person, and this is for the off-season excluding the transportation! Blue Lagoon is not only expensive but also very crowded since it's such a touristic place.

So why not visit some of Iceland's alternative destinations which might be less popular but they're also cheaper and still very picturesque?

Here are 10 places for you:

#1. Grotta Hot Pool

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Grotta Hot Pool, Iceeland. Photo by Kiddi Kristjans

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Grotta Hot Pool, Iceeland. Photo by Jonathan Walters

This is the best alternative since it’s the easiest by far to visit. It is actually located right in Reykjavik, albeit all the way on the fringes of the capital city. One thing to know is that it’s pretty tiny — just a few people can fit in it at once. This means that it’s highly possible that you’ll go there and find it already at full capacity. You would then have to wait until it's less crowdy or just go to your next destination. However, if you want to take the chance, it can be a wonderful place for you to rest for a little while.

The pool is close to Grotta Island and the lighthouse there, which is a beautiful place for a photograph!

Where to Go: Grótta Island Lighthouse, Seltjarnarnes, Iceland

#2. Seljavallalaug

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Seljavallalaug, Iceland © Shutterstock, Inc.

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Seljavallalaug, Iceland © Shutterstock, Inc.

Seljavallalaug, built in the early 1920s, is the oldest natural hot spring in the whole Iceland. Not much has changed about it, except for the new pool that was placed in back in 1990. Seljavallalaug is now tucked into a beautiful waterfall-filled valley at the base of a mountain. There is a tiny, fundamental changing room, but no more services. If you intend to visit this place, you should drive approximately two hours from the capital city along the south coast, then a detour down a dirt road, and a 20-minute hike including crossing a small river. It might sound hard and tiring but the result will worth it since you're going to swim in one of Iceland’s most amazing settings.

Where to Go: Seljavallalaug, Skogar, Vik and Myrdalsjokull, Iceland

#3. Reykjadalur

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Reykjadalur, Iceland © Shutterstock, Inc.

This hot stream is as far from Reykjavik as the Blue Lagoon (that is, approximately an hour’s drive) but you’ll head east rather south-west to approach it. It takes a bit of a hike to approach Reykjadalur; however, it’s totally worth it. Just imagine that you’re going to be relaxing all of that exhaustion away anyways. Don't forget, this is a natural stream; that means that water temperatures can differ. So you should ensure that you’re careful with the boardwalks and the water before jumping in! One more important thing you should keep in mind is that this is a more rural destination than the Blue Lagoon—and that means there are no changing rooms or restaurants to be around there! However, for the more adventurous and fun types, these warm waters are much less crowded and every bit as relaxing as those of the Blue Lagoon. And the best thing is that they're free!

Where to Go: Reykjadalur Hot Spring Trailhead, Iceland

#4. Grjotagja

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Grjotagja Cave, Iceland © Shutterstock, Inc.

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Grjotagja Cave, Iceland © Shutterstock, Inc.

If you believe the Blue Lagoon’s blue waters and volcanic rocks make for a beautiful backdrop for your soak, they’ve got nothing on Grjotagja, which featured in a Game of Thrones episode—and where you’ll find yourself swimming in hot springs down in a cave! (Just make sure you bring a flashlight, so you are able to find your clothes later.) The unlucky thing about this place is that the water's temperature varies, and sometimes it can just be too hot to bathe in there. However, especially during the winter, it’s often possible to take a dip. To go there, make your way to the village of Reykjahlíð. Remember that you’ll need to walk the final distance to the caves.

Where to Go: Grjótagjá Cave, North Island Drive Northwest, Iceland

#5. Landmannalaugar

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Landmannalaugar, Iceland © Shutterstock, Inc.

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Landmannalaugar, Iceland © Shutterstock, Inc.

If you want to go to this hot spring, you should remember that you will probably need to book a guided tour. From its geologically-interesting mountains to the sheep grazing nearby, this hot spring is breathtaking. However, at a few hours’ drive from Reykjavik along poorly-paved roads (which now and then flood a little), you’ll totally need to rent a car with off-road capabilities. The pools can get crowded, but there are altering facilities on-site and it’s free of charge to take a dip—and what's a journey without a little bit of adventure, right?

Where to Go: Landmannalaugar, Iceland

#6. Laugafellslaug

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Laugafellslaug, Iceland. Photo by Ragnar Thorarensen

If you’re not familiar with driving a 4×4, then you shouldn't even try venturing out to this hot spring. However, if you are able to drive such a vehicle (or you can hire a good guide), it’s worth it for the scientific interest as well as the swimming. The hot spring that you’ll be swimming at in Laugafellslaug is formed where two rivers—one hotter and one colder—flow together, creating a pool of water that’s ideal for taking a relaxing dip in. There’s actually nothing in the region—in reality, the bath is located out on a large swath of farmland! Nevertheless, if you are kind and get the farmer’s permission before bathing, you can be certain to have a nice, undisturbed soak.

Where to Go: Laugafell, Iceland

#7. Hveravellir

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Hveravellir, Iceland. Photo by Sverre Stølen

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Hveravellir, Iceland © Shutterstock, Inc.

Let’s deal with it, an important reason why people visit Iceland is thanks to the unbelievable landscapes. So why not combine your bath in the hot springs with a great view? What’s most attractive about Hveravellir is that it’s located out in the middle of one amazing sweep of landscape, which contains glaciers and steaming water holes, far removed from almost anything else. There is also a campsite nearby where you can actually relax for a few days.

Where to Go: Hveravellir, Iceland

#8. Grettislaug

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Grettislaug, Iceland. Photo by Sabrina Brett

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Grettislaug, Iceland. Photo by Franziska Liehl

Even though this hot spring isn’t that much of an infinity lake, you’re up on the northern end of the country, and the ocean is right next to you. The pool is named after the Icelandic hero Grettir Asmundsson, who is, among others, famous for having fought monsters and survived as an outlaw. The pool isn’t very big, but still, the view is breathtaking—and it’s also free! Why not sit and look at the stars and relax away your worries, as Grettir is said to have once done? Undoubtedly you won’t regret the trip!

Where to Go: Grettislaug, Iceland

#9. Secret Lagoon

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The Secret Lagoon, Iceland. Tomás Paiva Raposo

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The Secret Lagoon, Iceland. Photo by Hailey Bruinsma

This beautiful pool might not be as picturesque as Blue Lagoon, but its warm waters will blow your mind. Also, Blue Lagoon is far more expensive - probably because it's also more luxurious. However, in Secret Lagoon there are still changing rooms and other basic amenities. It is located next to the Golden Circle Route, which means that it's not too far out of your way if you’re doing the normal route around the countryside. And even if you don't want to do the whole circle, it’s well worth heading out to this hot spring since it's not crowdy at all and, additionally, guests are usually lucky to see and adore the Northern Lights during the winter!

Where to Go: Secret Lagoon, Hvammsvegur, Iceland

#10. Myvatn Nature Baths

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Myvatn Nature Baths, Iceland © Shutterstock, Inc.

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Myvatn Nature Baths, Iceland © Shutterstock, Inc.

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Myvatn Nature Baths, Iceland © Shutterstock, Inc.

Even though this may not be the cheapest option, the Myvatn Nature Baths cost approximately half the price of the Blue Lagoon, and they're almost similar. The baths are located somewhere between Akureyri and Egilsstadir, in the north of Iceland. So, you’re probably going to need a car to approach them. However, the pool won't be too crowdy since not many tourists go there. If you're lucky enough, you might enjoy the Northern Lights as well.

Where to Go: Myvatn Nature Baths, Jardbadsholar 660 Myvatn, Iceland
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