Five of the Best Natural Hot Springs Around the World
We'll set the scene…. close your eyes and imagine submerging yourself into a hot spring, feeling relaxed and surrounded by some of the best scenery in the world. Sounds incredible, doesn't it?
Hot springs result from geothermal water emerging from the Earth's crust at high temperatures. Not all are safe to bathe in, but those that offer both medicinal and therapeutic benefits thanks to their mineral-rich properties.
Here are five stunning hot springs to visit if you're planning an adventure!
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Iceland is known for its natural beauty, and there's no better place to get a glimpse of that than at the Blue Lagoon.
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal lagoon—it's made up of milky blue water that looks like it's from another planet, surrounded by black lava rock and steam billowing up and around like clouds. It's 50 minutes away from Reykjavik, Iceland's capital city, and it offers visitors a chance to swim in the warm waters at 38 degrees celsius. And if you're wondering why the water is milky blue, we have an answer: it's thanks to a nearby geothermal power plant.
The Blue Lagoon is also famous for its skin-soothing benefits thanks to its unique combination of lava rock, minerals, and algae. The algae helps boost collagen production in your body which can help improve your skin tone and texture!
Peninsula Hot Springs, Australia
Located less than 90 minutes from Melbourne, in a beautiful setting that's pure escapism. The mineral-rich geothermal water will detoxify your body and rejuvenate your spirit as you gaze out over the rolling hills and pristine landscape of the Mornington Peninsula for an experience like no other.
Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Turkey
Pamukkale is a unique natural site in Denizli Province, Turkey. Its striking turquoise water is made even more vibrant by the stark-white limestone terraces that hold it. The area is famous for a carbonate mineral left by the flowing of thermal spring water, which has long attracted royal soakers throughout history—including Egyptian Queen Cleopatra. Visitors still seek tranquillity and healing in these therapeutic waters, which are believed to aid everything from cardiovascular disease to blood pressure issues.
Las Grutas Tolantongo, Mexico
The turquoise waters at Las Grutas Tolantongo live up to their name and promise a warm plunge year round.
Tolantongo is a large site consisting of four distinct natural areas: the pools, the river, the tunnel and the cave. There is also a zip line, suspension bridge, swimming pools, hotels and campsites, plus a handful of restaurants, meaning there is plenty to explore.
Hidden in the Sierra de Hidalgo mountains at 1,280 metres above sea level sits Las Grutas Tolantongo. Derived from the Aztec word tonaltonko, meaning "where it feels warm", the turquoise waters at Las Grutas Tolantongo live up to their name and promise a warm plunge year round.
Saturnia Hot Springs, Italy
The Saturnia thermal hot springs are one of Italy's best-kept secrets.
It's a place where you can relax and unwind, surrounded by the mystical atmosphere of the area. The water is silk blue, which is heated by the nearby volcano. A small but powerful stream of water keeps the water flowing down all levels and ensures a constant temperature of 37 degrees.
The Saturnia thermal hot springs are located in the Italian region of Tuscany, and it's an absolute must-do in Italy!