Hidden Hot Springs: Seljavallalaug Geothermal Pool, Iceland

The Seljavallalaug hot springs pool is one of the many places I discovered on my instagram feed after returning from Iceland. Tucked into a narrow valley at the foot of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in southern Iceland, Seljavallalaug was built by the local community in 1923, and is the oldest hot spring pool in Iceland. Although it has been billed as one of "Iceland's hidden hot springs", in reality it is just 15 minutes off the main Ring Road. 

I visited Iceland in 2013, but never made it to Seljavallalaug (although it is a good reason for a return visit someday). Can't you imagine soaking in the hot water, nestled into the verdant hillside, watching steam rise around you? 

If you need more proof that Iceland is a magical place that you go to right now, head over to Tec Peteja's photo journal of his trip around the island. Tec is a photographer and the husband of the talented hand letterer, Chelsea Peteja (who creates prints like this and recently some beautiful cover lettering for Afar magazine - which I L.O.V.E.).