Take a dip outside in January? We recommend three natural spas located in unique spots where visitors can enjoy the benefits of hot springs year-round.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon is found on a lava field on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwest Iceland (Bláa lónið in Icelandic). This large geothermal spa has become one of the country’s main attractions, renowned for the beneficial effects of its warm water.
Rich in minerals like silica and sulphur, the lagoon’s temperature averages 40º C and helps to relieve skin ailments like psoriasis. The Blue Lagoon also operates a medical research centre to study the properties of this mineral-rich water.
Lake Hévíz, Hungary
Lake Hévíz is a 5-hectare thermal lake, the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world after New Zealand’s Lake Tarawera. Located near Balaton, in Hungary, Lake Hévíz is known for its strong currents which are believed to completely replenish the lake each day.
The warm waters are reported to be beneficial to patients suffering from rheumatic diseases and locomotor disorders. Another of the lake’s features are its water lilies, which help protect the ecosystem, slow evaporation and protect the therapeutic mud below.
The Pamukkale (“cotton castle” in Turkish) natural site is located in the River Menderes valley in southwest Turkey. The hot springs are caused by the region’s underground volcanic activity. Over time, small earthquakes have given Pamukkale its characteristic white stone terraces.
Pamukkale was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 and is visited annually by thousands of tourists eager to enjoy its temperate climate (even in the winter months) and the therapeutic properties of its mineral-rich waters.