Also known as hydrothermal spring or geothermal spring, a hot spring refers to when water from the Earth’s crust is heated by rocks and it rises to the surface of the Earth. Some of these springs are safe to bathe in while others are only for sightseeing.
Have you ever travelled to a hot spring? If no, then would like to?
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1. Blue Lagoon- Iceland
Located in Southwestern Iceland, Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular hot springs in the world. The hot spring offers a unique and picturesque view where white cloud-like steam rises from the milky blue water surrounded with black lava rocks. The sumptuous visual appeal of the blue lagoon forms part of one of the world’s natural wonders.
The water temperature is generally between 98 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit, making it an ideal place for a little warm-up. With a mixture of sea and fresh water, the Blue Lagoon is filled with silica, an essential mineral which strengthens the tissues of the human body. This mineral can also remove dead skin cells and heal skin inflammation. Microorganisms found in the Blue Lagoon contribute to collagen production, which helps in reducing the side effects of exposure to UV rays. As a result, Blue Lagoon is renown for its for healing aspects.
Other facilities at the Blue Lagoon include therapeutic massages, a restaurant, a swim-up bar and a propriety line of skincare products.
2. The Grand Prismatic Spring- USA
Known as the third largest hot spring in the world, the Grand Prismatic Spring captures people’s attention with its alluring appearance. It looks like a captivating kaleidoscope with its blue, green, yellow and orange hues, which are caused by pigmented bacteria in the water.
The centre of the pool is a bright piercing blue and the temperature of the water is at about 188.6 degrees Fahrenheit, which make it impossible to swim in. However, people can still visit this hot spring to take pictures of the appealing scenery.
3. Travertine Hot Springs- California
Found near the town of Bridgeport in California, these geothermal mineral springs have a warm and comfortable water temperature at about 103 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, making the hot spring swimmable. You will undoubtedly enjoy epic views and beautiful sunsets at the Travertine Hot Springs.
4. Pamukkale- Turkey
Also called as ‘cotton castle’, this hot spring consists of limestone terrace pools. With the beautiful white and blue combinations, the Pamukkale Thermal Pools are a real delight to the eyes. The hot spring is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it is located just below the ruins of an ancient Roman city of Hieropolis.
5. Challis Hot Springs- Idaho
Located in the Salmon River Valley of central Idaho, this hot spring is a family-owned destination location. Here, the spring water rises from the ground and flows through the river bottoms to reach the hot springs pools. The outside pool’s temperature is controlled which makes it possible for swimming, whereas the temperature of the inside one cannot be regulated and is in the hands of nature. The hot springs also include camping, kayaking and other interesting outdoor activities.
6. Terme di Saturnia- Italy
Known as a fascinating attraction in Tuscany, this hot spring was previously a preference of the Romans for more than 2000 years ago. It was even said that Jupiter, the God of sky and thunder from the Ancient Roman mythology, created it.
The spring water is about 99 degrees Fahrenheit making it warm enough to swim. The natural water is also noted to have unique elements in reducing acne problems. Do not forget if you are in travelling to Tuscany, you need to stop by Terme di Saturnia!
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