The Secret Lagoon
The Golden Circle Tour was a good way to ease into my Iceland trip. Despite it being an all-day bus tour, there was a decent amount of walking: Thingvellir National Park, Geysers, Icelandic horses, Gullfoss Waterfall and, finally, The Secret Lagoon. This last stop was the perfect way to end a long, cold day exploring outdoor.
This “secret” lagoon isn’t really a secret given that it’s part of The Golden Circle Tour. It’s dubbed the Secret Lagoon because it was forgotten for about 40 years. The land owners decided to revive it to show visitors what a true Icelandic bath is like compared to its more famous competitor– The Blue Lagoon.
The Secret Lagoon is the oldest Icelandic swimming pool and much toastier than The Blue Lagoon. Its 100° F natural thermal water made The Blue Lagoon feel lukewarm in comparison. The Secret Lagoon did wonders for my sore and tight muscles after a long day, but I wasn’t able to stay in for too long. I started to feel a little nauseous whenever I stayed in the lagoon for too long so after going in and out of the pool a few times, I changed and wandered around until it was time to leave. As the picture above shows, this place more of a local charm than the sexified Blue Lagoon.
The Blue Lagoon vs The Secret Lagoon
The Secret Lagoon had a natural local charm while The Blue Lagoon was man-made to be sexy for tourists. I couldn’t choose between the two so I visited both – just to compare. Here’s an awesome infographic for comparing The Secret Lagoon and The Blue Lagoon.