I have always dreamed of visiting Iceland. Imagined its secrets and folklore, Its history and hidden places. The one thing that has always been top of my bucket list is to bathe in one of its hot springs. These natural phenomena are so incredibly diverse and beautiful that there is a place to suit everyone and so reap the rewards they offer.
When imagining Iceland the very name conjures up cold, snow, icy glaciers, and divesting yourself of clothing outside, subject to all the natural elements then plunging into a water source is seemingly close to madness but in Iceland swimming in the hot steamy springs is a common pastime no matter what the weather.
These thermal waters are heated naturally by geothermal energy. If a pool of natural occurring water is hotter than the earth around it then it is classified as a hot spring with most most being at least 38 degrees Celsius or 100 degrees Fahrenheit.The benefits of these hot springs come from microorganisms or their high mineral content.Since they contain water that water that flows through different locations the mineral content and quality varies accordingly but all are said to have near magical healing benefits. It is known that different minerals help the human body in different ways and these are all commonly found in the hot springs of Iceland.
- Sulphur: Treats respiratory problems and dermatitis
- Calcium: Boosts blood circulation and increases oxygen flow
- Potassium: Promotes skin health and removes toxins from the body
- Magnesium: clears acne , blemishes and promotes healthy looking skin
- Sodium: This can regulate the lymphatic system,reducing pain and inflammation in joints.
Hot springs are naturally mystical places that are considered to be healing and places of peaceful relaxation to aid the body and mind.
Can you imagine anything more otherworldly than soaking in naturally hot water in the middle of snow and ice whilst hoping to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Iceland, I will visit you one day!