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The birthday suit not popular in Iceland

Hveravellir is a unique place to visit and soak in the natural hot spring. For a long time it was considered rude to wear bathing suits here but nowadays it is the opposite. PIC dlakme

Anyone visiting Iceland ten years ago could have enjoyed many Icelandic steam baths and geothermally heated pools and lakes without difficulty in their birthday suit. Not any more.

It seems the age old custom of bathing and enjoying a swim in anything other than your bare skin has in just ten years given way to horrible looking Speedo´s and various forms of designer clothing.

You can no longer bathe naked anywhere without difficulty; loud screams from Japanese tourists and constant pointing and whispering among people from the United States. And some fancy places as the very expensive Blue Lagoon or Fontana steam baths in Laugarvatn explicitly forbid any kind of nudity.

This is a shame indeed and entirely the fault of the growing number of foreign tourists making demands about civility.

However, there are loads of places available for nude bathing but these are far away from the popular tourist destinations in or around Reykjavik area. In the highlands you can still do as you please and there are places and times where nudity will bother no one but far off the beaten track.

Indeed an ancient viking custom dictates everyone looking for happiness should roll around naked in nature on the night of 24th of June since that is one of four nights in Iceland when special unseen but powerful things take place in Iceland.

Tour available

Total Iceland will offer one small-group tour in June where we will rest our weary souls in a hot spring and then follow the old Viking custom. Get in touch for details.

2 thoughts on “The birthday suit not popular in Iceland

  1. Hi, disappointing to read that nudity is not allowed in the Blue Lagoon. We are visiting in February. Where can you suggest for naturist bathing ?


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