The Not So “Secret Lagoon”: Iceland’s Geothermal Wonders

Ooooooooooh…….the Secret Lagoon in Flúðir, Iceland…..nestled in rolling hills and farmfields…..off the beaten track, yet close enough to the Golden Circle route to make it a fantastic spot to stop for a dip in a toasty geothermal pool……

The original pool was built in 1891, but sadly fell into a state of disrepair when a more modern pool opened up nearby. This secret pool was reopened by the property owner in 2014, offering an experience close to nature and Icelandic wonder. 

The important thing is that we keep this lagoon a secret……lest thousands of tourists should converge upon it…..like the Blue Lagoon that gets 1/2 a million visitors per year….. so, shhhhhh……….don’t say a word!

Secret Lagoon, Fludir Iceland, Gamla Laugin
When we arrive we find  that there’s a little boardwalk that brings you around the pool. As you walk upon it you can marvel at the sights around you. There are multiple little pools of bubbling and steaming water.

Secret Lagoon, Fludir Iceland, Gamla Laugin

Nearby you can see some large greenhouses….. the greenhouses are warmed with the geothermal water….

Secret Lagoon, Fludir Iceland, Gamla Laugin
Oweeeee….. the Litle Geysir spits up a spray of steaming water and mist every few minutes with a big hiss and swoosh!

Secret Lagoon, Fludir Iceland, Gamla Laugin

The landscape is steamy!

Secret Lagoon, Fludir Iceland, Gamla Laugin

After our little walk around the pool we take a consensus…… who wants to go to the Secret Lagoon? What? It costs about $25 per adult….. Jasmine and Tristan decide to skip it, but I insist that the rest of us must go. We pay the entrance fees, change in the modern locker rooms, and jump right into the beautiful 8 degree Celsius water. Bjorn does not look too happy about it…..what kind of parent makes their kid go swimming in a gorgeous lagoon in Iceland, for crying out loud! Okay, yeah….it is the warmest day so far on our Iceland trip, so who wants to be in a warm pool on a warmish day? Clearly not Bjorn. 

Secret Lagoon, Fludir Iceland, Gamla Laugin

I allow myself to sink into the warm 38 degree Celsius water slowly. It envelops my souls and my spirit…..I feel all my tension disappear.

Secret Lagoon, Fludir Iceland, Gamla Laugin

Did I manage to fool you? This place is not really a secret! Look at all the people here!

Secret Lagoon, Fludir Iceland, Gamla Laugin
Bjorn can’t smile if his life depended on it…..eeeeek…..am I raising some privileged children or what? Really he is a super sweet child, but not so much at this moment…..

Secret Lagoon, Fludir Iceland, Gamla LauginSecret Lagoon, Fludir Iceland, Gamla Laugin

Tristan is waiting for us to be done. I wonder if he regrets his decision not to jump in….

There…..he cracks a grin…..Thanks Bjorn!!!


Secret Lagoon, Fludir Iceland, Gamla Laugin

Indeed it is a lovely little pool! It’s definitely worth a stop if you’re wanting to have a geothermal dip! It’s only about an hour drive away from Reykjavik. Some people say this place is nicer than the Blue Lagoon, which is quite commercialized. 

Secret Lagoon, Fludir Iceland, Gamla Laugin

When we are leaving David scopes out the big greenhouses. They are growing tomatoes in this one. It is warmed with geothermal water. 

After a nice warm shower we are back at our vehicle. My little trailer is in complete disarray! 


That’s that. We have just one more day in Iceland. We are heading back to Reykjavik to tour the city with the kids. Tonight we will be staying at a guest house near the airport. Jasmine and Tristan leave first thing tomorrow morning. The rest of us leave at 5 pm, so we will go to the Blue Lagoon tomorrow morning ……leaving the best for the last….or are we?

We drive in silence towards Reykjavik and absorb the beautiful scenery into our memories. Someday I want to come back. Someday I will bring my own vehicle here and will just tour around with no hurry anywhere. Beautiful Iceland.