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A tradition of beauty – The Icelandic hot springs

Feb 28, 2014

Volcanoes are known mostly for their destructive force. But they are not all that bad. In fact, their existence allowed for the creation of natural warm water basins, also known as hot springs.

Cold and beautiful Iceland is particularly renowned for its geothermal waters of a beautiful pale blue color. The northern island-country has a high concentration of active volcanoes due to its location, which is also the reason for the numerous hot springs. The number of geothermal springs in Iceland is in fact so high that they are canalized and used as a source of electricity and heat for the homes.

The proximity of molten rock, or magma, to the surface of the earth heats the rocky structure of the ground, naturally warming up the rain water that infiltrated  into the ground and created the natural springs. These water basins contain rich amounts of minerals such as silica and sulfur, which give the water its gorgeous, milky, blue tint. These minerals are also highly beneficial to the health, particularly for healing skins diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. They are the Icelandic version of salts infused baths, with a view that will beat any bathroom!