The Best Spa Hotels in Reykjavík

Miðgarður presents modern Scandinavian bliss with a heated open-air hot tub available throughout the year
Miðgarður presents modern Scandinavian bliss with a heated open-air hot tub available throughout the year | Courtesy of CenterHotel Midgardur /
Nammie Matthews


With geothermal bathing as much a part of Icelandic culture as day-tripping to volcanoes, geysers and glaciers, it’s little surprise this much-loved pastime has become a popular offering for tourists too. Unwind the Icelandic way in a spa hotel in Reykjavik, where naturally heated hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms melt away the stress of the city.

1. CenterHotel Miðgarður

Spa Hotel, Chain Hotel

CenterHotel Midgardur
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Perfectly positioned on the shopping and dining street of Laugavegur, Miðgarður presents modern Scandinavian bliss with a heated open-air hot tub available throughout the year, with massage treatments also available. On Thursday nights, enjoy live music from local talent at the in-house Jörgensen Kitchen & Bar, which serves Nordic specialities to delight both tourists and locals.

2. Hotel Borg by Keahotels

Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel

Hotel Borg by Keahotels
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Towering over beautiful Austurvöllur square in the heart of Reykjavik, the elegant art deco-styled Hotel Borg is a landmark in itself. Spend a morning exploring the nearby Reykjavik cathedral, Althingi (the Icelandic parliament) and art galleries, before returning to take a dip in the hotel steam bath or get a luxury treatment with locally made vegan products.

3. 101 Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel

101 Hotel
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With a sleek, monochrome interior and locally produced artworks adorning the walls, 101 Hotel epitomises Nordic cool, and is a treat for all the senses. Whether you’re feasting your eyes on its design prowess, sampling modern Icelandic dishes at the in-house restaurant or relaxing in the steam bath and jacuzzi, this city-centre boutique hotel delivers a memorable spa holiday with the culture of Reykjavik on your doorstep.

4. CenterHotel Thingholt

Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel

CenterHotel Thingholt
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Wind down in this intimate, centrally located hotel, where cosmopolitan comfort has been provided across all 52 rooms by celebrated Icelandic architect Gulla Jónsdóttir. A visit to the Isafold spa with its huge hot tub, invigorating rainwater shower and sauna is the perfect way to wind down after a jam-packed day of exploring. Top off your stay by booking one of several massage treatments.

5. Grand Hotel Reykjavik

Spa Hotel

Grand Hotel Reykjavik
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On the edge of the city centre, the luxurious Grand Hotel Reykjavik is a glamorous option if you’re looking to escape the city buzz. Here, you’ll experience first-class hospitality, with cosy rooms, an excellent restaurant and an exclusive spa and gym. A shuttle bus will bring you back from the city centre, after which you can unwind in the hot tubs, sauna or steam bath or kick back in the candlelit lounge.

6. Hotel Island

Spa Hotel

Hotel Island
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Enjoy the thermal delights of the Laugardalur neighbourhood at Hotel Island, located 2km (1.2mi) outside the city. Here you’ll find Laugardalslaug (the largest outdoor thermal pool in Iceland) plus the city’s botanic garden. And when you’re finished with the local sights, retreat to the peaceful refuge of the Northern Lights Spa in the hotel, where you can experience lavish treatments or float beneath a projected aurora borealis show.

7. Hilton Reykjavík Nordica

Spa Hotel, Chain Hotel

Hilton Reykjavík Nordica
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Soothe your mind, body and soul with a stay at the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, which provides a relaxing atmosphere just a seven-minute drive from the city centre. As well as whirlpool tubs, a steam bath and dry sauna, the Nordica Spa offers a wide variety of relaxation treatments, from massages to facials, using high-quality organic products. If you’re looking for something a bit more energetic, the fitness centre offers weights, yoga and high-intensity workouts.

8. Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

Spa Hotel

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
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Escape the call of the city at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, just under 2km (1.2mi) from the towering Hallgrimskirkja Lutheran church. The hotel is close to several natural attractions, including the geothermal beach Nautholsvik, which has an artificial hot spring. Back at the hotel, you’ll find the Natura Spa, which comprises a fitness centre with exercises classes, plus a pool, sauna and spa treatments.

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