Whether you’re looking to soak in a natural hot spring or simply soak up revitalising views, Iceland has a plethora of wellness offerings. Expect open-air hot tubs, superior saunas and healthy restaurants at these top spa hotels.
360 Hotel & Thermal Baths
Resort, Spa Hotel
4.8/5 (71 Reviews)
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Located in Selfoss on the southwestern edge of Iceland, this hotel has its own indoor geothermal bath. The water is mineral-rich, pumped from 300m (980ft) underground and warmed by lava. After a healing soak and sauna, head back to your chic room with its bifold doors opening onto a terrace and the wild green yonder before a three-course dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Flanked by mountains on one side and a fjord on the other, you just need to breathe in the fresh air at Siglo Hotel to feel rejuvenated. Inside, all 68 guestrooms have a view of the water, best enjoyed from the cosy window seat. The decor is elegant, with polished wood floors, pastel colour schemes and velvet sofas and chandeliers in the suites. Don’t leave without a bracing sea dip, followed by a session in the beach hot tub and sauna.
This Selfoss hotel has excellent wellness offerings. Get the full sauna experience in the spa, which has two hot tubs, a cold tub and a relaxation room to chill out in between sessions. There’s also a fitness room for those wanting to keep up their exercise regime. The restaurant has a menu with healthy choices, too – think fish soup, beetroot carpaccio and a vegan coconut panna cotta.
Set just above Reykjavik’s famous Blue Lagoon, this hotel has luxurious accommodation and a private lagoon that offers the same rejuvenating pleasures as the Blue Lagoon with none of the crowds. The mineral-rich waterscape is a picture of serenity, surrounded by verdant mountains and big blue skies. The spa offers a wide range of treatments, such as salt body scrubs and hot stone massages.
Surrounded by the mountains and star-filled skies of Nesjavellir, Ion Adventure Hotel is the ideal bolthole for fresh air and relaxation. Wellness facilities include a natural spa with a sauna and outdoor hot pool – the perfect place for watching the Aurora Borealis put on a show when night falls. Bedrooms are pared-back and comfortable, with organic products and panoramic views. There’s also a restaurant and bar, plus the hotel can organise day trips.
A 40-minute drive from Reykjavík, Frost & Fire is a boutique hotel, tucked away in the geothermal foothills on the banks of the Varmá. Take a dip in this (literally translated) “warm river” or get sweaty in the black stone sauna. The outdoor hot tubs and swimming pool are blessed with sweeping views and geothermal water from the hotel’s own borehole. Accommodation ranges from budget single rooms to family rooms, and all have private entrances.
If you’re staying in Reykjavik, this centrally-located hotel is within easy reach of the city sights, and has wellness on tap. There’s a spa, fitness room and vast windows with majestic mountain views. Suites are decorated in peaceful shades of cream and white, and feature walk-in showers and baths. Unwind in the lobby bar, or indulge in some modern Nordic cuisine in the Vox restaurant.
This cosmopolitan hotel in Reykjavik offers 52 modern rooms alongside a spa, gym and great eating options. Book a massage, soak in the hot tub or work out in the gym. Afterwards, head to the bar. Rooms have a clean feel, with whitewashed walls, crisp linen and plenty of natural light.