There are a million reasons to visit Iceland: the dramatic stark landscape, waterfalls, and of course hot pools and hot springs. Exploring the hot pools is a unique experience that combines the beautiful Icelandic scenery with its geothermal activity. Hot pools in Iceland are beloved by both locals and visitors alike. This traditional pastime of bathing in thermal water is deeply ingrained in local Icelandic culture dating to Viking times. The pools became a place where people went to socialize after a long day. Aside from the social aspect, the pools are also said to have health benefits from the mineral rich water.