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Staying warm in chilly Iceland

Staying warm in chilly Iceland

Staying warm in Iceland is surprisingly easy.

The chilly country is home to a number of geothermal springs and pools where you can have the truly unique experience of swimming outside in a steaming hot pool whilst the snow falls around you.

If you're looking for the true geothermal spa experience, the country's famous Blue Lagoon needs to be the top of your list. The water temperature of the pool is generally between 37 - 40°C at most times of the year, come rain or shine, and is the most unique experience Iceland offers.

The nine million litres of water are heated 2,000 metres below the surface. As the water makes its way to the surface, it picks up silica and minerals, giving it its iconic blue colour. The stunning colour comes from the way the silica reflects sunlight and if you were to take a cup of water out of the pool, it would instead be a milky white colour.

Whilst in the pool, take advantage of the pots of Silica Mud Mask located around the lagoon and at the Silica bar. Apply it to your body and face and leave it for five minutes or more. Once it is all washed off, your skin will feel super smooth and soft.

There is also a waterfall within the lagoon. This man-made feature is great for getting rid of sore shoulders and stiff muscles.

For those who want a little break from the water, there is a sauna and steam room and a relaxation area, where you can look out at the lagoon as tranquil music plays.

Tickets start at approximately £45 but they give you access to the lagoon for as long as you need. There are also luxury and premium packages at an additional cost.

Another great experience is the Nauthólsvík geothermal beach, which attracts 530,000 guests every year.

Lie on the golden sand of the beach or go for a frolic in the warm water. In the winter, temperatures can drop to anything between -1 and 9°C but in the summer, it can reach 15 - 19°C.

There are also recreational activities to take part in including sailing. Admission in the summer is free but in winter, entry costs a cheap £4.

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