Thursday, November 30, 2017

Warm



Bain naturel de st. Thomas - Pyrénées-Orientales. #pirineus #instapirineos#frança #fontromeu #banys #banysnaturals#termes #termesnaturals #termal #relax#minivacances
Winter is yet again upon us. Following are a few enlightenments on Europe's wintry soaks. Freezing limbs from the cold, meeting the heat. The result: extreme tingling. 

definatalie_travelling from Austria's Maibacherl, but also in winter (?)
Whhhaaat hot springs in the middle of a forest? Ohh yes... it's a very magical and energetic place and forest 🌲💦🌳❄️ when I was a child my mother took us here every time when the creek was active ... ❤️thermal hot spings in Warmbad Austria ❤️thank you @manuelbierbaumer for taking the pic 😘 #austria #warmbad #villach#maibacherl #austrianblogger #forest#hotsprings #creek #termalwater#magicalplace #sonyalpha6000 #snow#magicalmoments #lovethis #fog#travelphotography #photography
leonhotelart at Tuscany's Terme di Petriolo
#boží #prirodnilazne #petriolo #40°C #italy #tuscany #february #naturalhotsprings #thermalbath #blonde #blondgirl #tattoo #tattoogirl #goodlife #goodvibes #createyourownlife
On top

Paradise by the beach. Nice to have a hot bath amongst the frozen landscape 🔥
Just a couple of possible examples from the never ending sources from Iceland. Winter soaks work as well.


lien_heart at Reyklaladur
The 3.7 km hike up a snowy mountain was totally worth it. #i❤iceland #hotsprings #mountains # hike #snow #yolo #ontopoftheworld #adventure #wanderlust
One of the best experiences ever 🇮🇸 #Iceland #geothermalbath #krosslaug #naturalpool #42degrees
Nono 
Natural spa in Greece 👌🏽😄 #snowmads🇬🇷 #analog #nohomo #afterski #tb
Above the Greek hot spring of Thermopyles, below a diptych from Andalusia, then over to Armenia.

 


almuzenit at Termas de Santa Fe












After visiting the partly frozen waterfall of Jermuk we walked half an hour through the snow to this Geysir. People are writing it is a hot spring with temperatures around 50-60 degrees Celsius. Well, unfortunately it is only around 30 degrees Celsius at the end of November. Obviously, that didn't stop us from getting in. But then suddenly the water floating the pool became more and more and the whole pool started to move beyond us. Volcano saying "hi" we guess. Bathing at 2025 meters. #snow #geysir #naturalpool #hotsprings#jermuk #armenia #8wheelsblog #2000#november #vanlife #volcano #travel#bathing
And finishing off, where we started (lead photo) back in France at the thermal springs of St. Thomas.


Young & wild & free

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Fabled


This would be the final posting on Pantelleria's soaks, at least that's the intention.

All three remaining "soaks" are located on the west coast of Pantelleria. 
Starting north to south, heading out of Pantelleria village proper (well maybe it's a town) the first hot spring is that of Saturia, about half way down the west coast. 

The background concerning this soak is special. Viverepantelleria.it on Sataria:
'Legend has it that here is where Ulysses and Calypso loved eachother'.
Papuscia.com
'Recent studies have identified the cave as Homer’s ‘Calypso’s cave’ on the island of Ogygia'.

The context (Wikipedia):
'Calypso is remembered the most for her role in Homer's Odyssey, in which she attempts to keep the fabled Greek hero Odysseus on her island to make him her immortal husband. According to Homer, Calypso kept Odysseus prisoner at Ogygia for seven years,[6] while Apollodorus says five years[7] and Hyginus says one.[8] Calypso enchants Odysseus with her singing as she moves to and from, weaving on her loom with a golden shuttle. During this time they have sex together, although Odysseus soon comes to wish for circumstances to change'.
Overlooked
Sataria doesn't see much traffic in the sense of soakers apparently; there are at least very few parking spaces directly available on the perimentale road. Possibly a mismatch?

From these parking spaces it's down a long line of concrete stairs and you arrive at what at first looks like a tidal pool. But in the cliff side itself is a cave with what was presumably once a grander bathing affair complete with a booth for a ticket seller / life saver (?). See below:

 

A description of what to expect: the Rough Guide to Sicily (2017):
'... Sataria, where concrete steps lead down to a tiny square-cut sea-pool, ideal for splashing around in. In the cave behind are more pools where warm water bubbles through, reputed to be good for curing rheumatism and skin diseases: a handful of people can usually be found jumping from pools to sea. There’s room on the concrete apron around the pool to lay out a towel, and it’s the only place for kilometres around with any shade – a nice place to eat your picnic'.
Viverepantelleria.it on Sataria:
'Sataria's thermal springs are found to the south-west along the perimetral road. Located in a little creek and hidden in a beautiful cave, it is one of the most interesting spots on the island. 
... 
Here you will find pools of curative spring water that soothe arthritis and rheumatisms and you will be able to pass the whole day freely enjoying the beneficial effects of its waters'.
Papuscia.com :
'A natural cave by the sea, Grotta di Sateria offers three easily accessible covered pools, into which hot springs flow at a temperature of around 40°C'.
Shameless
We venture on. 
On the far (and dark) side of the cave are a few pools from which the thermal waters emit. 
Alas, as I hadn't had the fortune to be blessed by the weather gods on my island visit, again the sea was in a sorry state and during the night it had flooded the entire cave, so the available waters were coolish and even the hotter pool was jam packed with seaweed. 


No one around though to spoil good dip, but if I had wanted to enter the tidal pool, I was in serious contention to be sucked out to sea.


Tripadvisor does have an entry on Sataria:
#3 of 3 Spas & Wellness in Pantelleria 
Based on 2 reviews (in Italian) it rates Sataria with 3 stars. One translation (ouch):

'I speak of a state of abandonment resounding with filth and stench of pee. It looks like a homeless dormitory. SHAME ON YOU'.
More info from the Pantelleriaguide website:
'The Sateria name comes from the Greek "Soterìa" and means a health cave'.  
Under sail
Heading further down the coast there is a hot spring in the port of the village of Scauri. 
I had asked around, but no one knew for sure where it was, so I decided not to scout the whole port area for what would have been an elaborate quest. 
It's there. 
There are a few references with little guidance, f.i. the earlier mentioned ViverePantelleria.

A couple hundred meters down from the port near La Vela restaurant, right under the cliff of Scauri village itself, is another minor (?) hot spring. 
Well, it was warm but not much flow. Nor much space. And tides washing in. A collectors item? 
Interesting though are the Byzantine ruins on the cliffs directly bordering the shorelined rocks (and hot spring). See Italian website visitpantelleria.


The location is also a foodies haven. La Vela is nice enough, higher up on the cliff La Nicchia is termed as the island's best (we beg to disagree) while next to the port is Altamarea,  another delight. 
Rough Guide on this hot spring:
'Scauri Porto is a wonderful place to while away summer days, with good swimming in the harbour, and two tiny hot pools just along the coast (5 min walk from la Vela)'.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Vain

View northwards towards Lago di Venere from beyond Bugeber

The geothermal gem of the Italian Pantelleria is not at all located on it's coast where many of her hot springs are to be found, but inland in a former crater. 
And here, it's not necessarily the hot springs which are it's unique selling point. It's the setting, the hot springs just play a supporting roll. 

The near perfect circular inner cone is filled with milky waters and surrounded by greenery. Coming from the interior of the island, you'll see this setting with the backdrop of the Mediterranean behind it, a sight to see (above). 

Besides the setting, an added attraction of this site is the ability to offer visitors a near windless experience; Pantelleria is prone to winds such that the local economy has specialised in crops which stay low. Capers, creeping varieties of grapes and olives to name a few. Or using rock enclosures to make windless so-called Arabic Gardens. 
The distinct agriculture certainly adds to Pantelleria being a destination for foodies.

So on the many days with winds, the tourists flock to the lake to enjoy the sun and to swim. But they also lather themselves with mud and rinse this in the lake followed by a soak right on top of the many vents which are situated along the shore line. 

The lake is known as Lago di Venere (which translates as Lake of Venus) though also coined as Specchio di Venere (Mirror of Venus). Siciliamo (Jan. 4, 2011) explains: 
'Like so much of Sicily, Lago di Venere is the site of an ancient classical Greek legend  
...
The legend behind this place is that as the water was so strikingly blue and clear in its colour, it was used as the vanity mirror by the goddess of love, Venus.  She especially liked to compare the beauty of her reflection in the lake with that of her rival Psyche'. 
Sparkles
The crater in which the lake is situated is roughly 50-200m in depth while the circumference of the lake is somewhere around 1500m. The Lago is largely shallow, though the depth is noted to reach 12m. Despite the mountainous surroundings the lake itself is only just above sea level so seawater seepage is helping in adding to the salinity.
The shape of the lake could be circular, others would say oval, while a third train of thought prefers heart shaped. Suppose it's dependent on the level of the water.  

The shores are hardened mud, while just within the waterline mud depths can be considerable. Wading in to the water you might sink half a meter might into the mud.

Sunny days at the paradise 🌴#lagodivenere#pantelleria#hotwater#naturalspa#isoladipantelleria#magnificnature
#volcanwater#pantelleriaisolamagica#thankyounature#wellness#naturalwellness
 #thermalbaths#thermalpool#tripsfoodandlove#coupletime#coupletrip#coupleadventures
The hot springs are located at the least accessible (though still a short stroll from parking areas) southern part of the lake and lie at a shallow depth just within the shore line. 
Finding them is obvious.  
The springs (40-50°C) are surrounded by collections of smaller rocks which act as an windbreak and contain the waters creating a heated pool. See the photo above.

Mor
e background can be found on this Italian website (with characteristics such as chemical composition etc.) of all Pantescan hot spring sites, a great find.


In contrast to other Pantescan attractions there's quite some info on Lago di Venere and it's hot springs. Viverepantelleria:
'Bugeber's Lake (or, Specchio di Venere – Venus' Mirror) is one of the jewels of the island. Its water sparkles like a light blue and green gemstone amidst a typical lush vegetation of endemic plants. Its waters occupy the crater of an extinguished volcano.
The residues of this volcanic activity heat the waters of what is now the most known and visited of the thermal springs of the island. The water of the lake is rich with soda, it is perfect for a healthy peeling of the skin. The temperature is very high and in some places bubbles may be seen on the surface. Mud to spread on the skin is found in these hottest places when the tide withdraws'.
Magoguide (2016):
'The Lake of Venus is a saline endoreic lake. That means it’s a lake where the water doesn’t flow out through an outlet but simply evaporates leaving behind all sorts of chemical deposits. Although it is fed to some extent through rainfall, this lake is primarily filled by a series of hot springs (as high as 132F or 56C) located on the South side. Because the underlying structure of the lake is pouris and very near sea level, sea water also seeps in and contributes to its salinity'.
Translated from gogotherme:
'The presence of thermophilous algae, which is resistant to high thermal water spring temperatures, is essential for the formation of the precious black-green-colored mud which, due to its intense concentration of sulfur, is spread on the skin by tourists for aesthetic purposes ( natural scrub)'.
Schweinerei
Lakeside slash soakside is quite a vibrant place even though either visitors are occupied with the more mundane activities such as lumbering in the springs or mud drying on the shore.
Tripadvisor surprisingly concludes that it's both no. 1 (rated 4.5 stars from 764 reviews, >90% Italian) and no. 2 (4.5 stars from 274 reviews, >90% Italian) of things to do on Pantelleria, not recognizing that the slight differentiations in name actually concern the same site.  

Some first hand experiences. From a year ago from girlastray:
'The Lago di Venere (“Lake of Venus”) is probably the most stunning of the all natural wonders to be found here, with its salty hot waters shining a surprising shade of blue when the sun rises over it. Here, you can not only bath but also cover your skin with soft black mud, famous for its healing effect on eczematic skin. If you are a traveler with a nasty case of atopic eczema as myself, you will be happy to spend hours and days here! I felt like the world´s happiest pig rolling in this magical black mud just to see my skin get softer and smoother even after the first bath. Really, I can´t even think of enough praise words to describe the benefits of the mud although at first, it might feel strange to spread it all over yourself, taking into account the sulphuric smell rising from the springs! Sulphur contained in water, however, is just as fit to cure skin diseases as the mud itself. Thermal springs are also known for being a good cure to rheumatism'.
Note the rocks along the shore: between lie the thermal springs with soakers in action.

The Daily Telegraph (11 Feb. 2016):
'But if that doesn’t sound too appealing, think again, as the Specchio di Venere (“Mirror of Venus”) – a heart-shaped lake in a volcanic crater, fed by rainwater and hot springs, and of a colour that modulates from emerald to aquamarine to turquoise to deep blue – is both luxuriously self-indulgent and gratifyingly therapeutic. Slather on the mineral-rich mud, rinse off with a swim to the centre, and emerge, regenerated, with skin like velvet. Bring some water with you, and be aware that there’s no shade. Early mornings and evenings are the most atmospheric times (and the locals recommend a nocturnal dip under the full moon)'.
 Siciliamo (continued):
'People bathe in the lake and sometimes exfoliate themselves with the thermal mud as a beauty treatment while others swear by the healing powers of the lake.  My experience amazingly corresponded with this.  A week earlier I had a minor motor scooter accident on another Sicilian island, Ustica, off the coast of Palermo.  While I was largely unhurt, the accident left deep gashes and cuts to my leg.  I immersed myself in Lake Venus the day I arrived in Pantelleria and covered my skin with the volcanic mud that is to be found on one side of the shore.  After an hour or so, I stood up to walk further into the lake in order to wash off the mud.  When I returned to shore I noticed the scars and the deep cuts on my leg had almost healed.  Where there had once been a deep scar and crusty surface before, now there was a small mark that resembled an old wound that had almost healed.  It was almost as if my accident had occurred three months earlier and my scar had all but healed. I don't know what are the chemical properties that make up the thermal mud found in Lago Specchio di Venere, but I am sure that if a company had the rights to bottle and sell the mud, they would be sitting on the rights to "The Fountain of Youth".  I know I would buy a lifetime's supply - and maybe more!  In fact, I am sure there must be a natural cosmetic beauty company doing this now.  I will research and report back to the Blog.  Stay tuned future immortals'.
Magoguide (continued):
'This lake is hugely popular with locals and tourists alike. It’s the only place on the island with a soft, white, sandy beach. On a windy or cool day when it’s impractical to go to the shore areas for bathing, the beaches on the lake can get packed. And it’s not unusual to see folks slathering on the mud from the lake which is thought to have therapeutic value. Madonna did it.
Dedicated
As it's a very special place, we ended up coming here more often. As said, there's little wind, warmer waters, soaking and it's an easy circular walk around the Lago. Enough to occupy yourself for a couple of hours.


A typical visit would entail a swim followed up by slathering on mud, letting this dry, rinse and soak. The amounts of mud seem unlimited. The shore line provides ample sunbath space (maybe too much = there's no shade) though concerning the soaking possibilities these require a bit more planning. 
The hot springs are not deep, so for a good soak one lies down which means space is at a premium. However note that the springs are very localised, so you'll have a cool head, a burnt back, frigid thighs, while you toes have turned red.
The Lago di Venere forms part of Riserva Naturale Orientata which is part of the province of Trapani Nature Reserve:
'The Mirror of Venus is frequented by a lot of water fowls such as Ducks, Limicolous, different species of Herons and Flamingos. Sometimes you can also find Great crested grebe, Cranes, Storks and Spoonbill, recognizable by their peculiar peak. The Blue tit is an endemic species of the island. You can see it near the Montagna Grande'.
It also explains the lack of development and thus the more or less pristine nature of the lake itself. Let's hope that tourism is regulated such as to not threaten nature itself. 
On a side note, on the occasions we were here, there were hardly any birds to be seen.


Magoguide (continued) notes that there's more to the surroundings:
'In recent years there have been archeology excavations near the lake, unearthing a temple along the Northeast shore of the lake possibly built as early as the 9th century BC by the Phoenicians (Morgan thinks to the Phoenician goddess Astarte) and later taken over by the Romans and dedicated to Venus. Pretty cool'.
As said the area lends itself as a good base for walking. A stroll around the lake is little effort while extending this with walking a trail over the crater lip requires more effort, but deems better rewards.
Heading towards the coast one can pick up on trails surrounding Punta Spadillo, whereby one can for instance visit the Museo Vulcanologico, a museum dedicated to the geological past of the island as well as the role it played during WW II (on the front line).  
Tripadvisor puts a visit to the museum as no. 18 of 27 of things to do on Pantelleria awarding it 4.5 stars based on 27 reviews, none of which are English. We found it an interesting break.

Head inland there's a beautiful track heading up to the village of Bugeber from where one can continue inland into the mountainous and forested interior of Pantelleria with more challenging trails, for hours of rambling.

Magoguide describes another walk, the website has good map material:
'One of our favorite hikes on the island follows an ancient path that can be reached along the Northeast shore. Just follow the shore with the lake on your left and you’ll see signs towards Gelfiser right after the beach ends. Although it’s a long, uphill climb, the views of the Gelfiser lava flow are beautiful. You eventually descend into a little valley that has yet more WWII barracks and guard stations, strategically placed to protect the airport which isn’t far away. If you keep following the path, you’ll see signs on your left that point you towards the Gelfiser lava flow that you can crawl all over if you like'.

Other info I've been able to delve up: there are (annual) horse races which are held every August and concern racing around the lake.

Sense of belonging
As could be imagined, bathing in mud in swimmers is in itself not too bad, however rinsing somehow is less effective: you'll be carrying amounts with you until you can have a thorough shower. Brasher bathers here though, will remove their fig leaves or (discreetly)  be observed not to be bothered with using clothes in the first place. 
Did we know that the local government wants to be more tolerant? We did: infonaturista has this to add from 2015 which can be verified from other Italian websites:
'The mayor of Pantelleria, Salvatore Gabriele revoked the order of 17 July 1982 signed by his predecessor Giovanni Petrillo.
The order prohibited not only nude, but topless, describing in offensive bare breasts of women. In the new order, the mayor Gabriele writes: "Given that the island is the destination of international tourist flows, expressions of different cultures and nationalities, with different lifestyles, this Administration finds of considerable interest in the island of Pantelleria, ensure that all the plurality and respect for their choices, by virtue of a tradition of openness and international tourists now consolidated, without fences and unlikely taboos of all kinds.
The island belongs to the world.
The civic sense of the people makes the difference." says the Mayor Gabriel - "I intervened because this was an ordinance discriminatory".
Naturisimosicilia pictures the lake itself when discussing skinnydipping opportunities on the island, though does not mention the Lago itself. It does seem that such a line of thought just exemplifies the spirit of Pantelleria.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Flotsam


Pantelleria's northeastern facing shore hosts what is considered to be the prime of the islands shoreline hot springs.

The tiny port of Gadir harbours a number of geothermal phenomena, though at the far side of the harbour it's the pool which receives hot waters from two springs behind it, that receives all the accolades.

Taking the short steep turn off from the perimentale road, you need to park before the village itself, noting that with village I mean a couple of house's. 

Restoration of the harbour side has been undertaken and it's a smart wee harbour for a couple of fishing boats. If winds are up and incoming, waves come slicing through the port, so there's not too much space.

A deck has been constructed, which is to be used for (sun)bathing purposes.


Next to this deck are 3 small springs (above), which are highly tidal: a higher tide pushes these underwater and fills them with assorted seaweeds. Not really worth a soak, though one was quite warmer than the other two which were barely above seawater temperature.

On the other side of the street is a hand pump which should pump up hot water.

Continue onwards for the main springs which flow into a roughly 5 by 5m tidal pool with a depth of over a meter.

Checking the tidal pool, to the right are the sources.

The first time round the weather was at best inclement. Nah, it was seriously stormy with rain pissing down twice on our 5 minute walk to the far side pool.
Second time around there was a rough wind, sending waves crashing over the tidal wall (50cm), basically rendering the contents of the tidal pool exactly similar to the sea itself. That and the fact there was a kid in the pool trying to fish with rod and reel made it a very useless soak. Just no luck.
Even pumping the water, resulted in a lot of creaking but no waters. 

Protection
Again the familiar lament concerning info on Pantelleria, there's precious little.
After translation from Pantelleria guide we learn:
'It gets busy, even at nighttime. Soaking here has been taking place for thousands of years.
'Gadir, is a name of Semitic origin which means "protected place". Recent studies have established that the likely thermal plant has been covered by a volcanic collapse and that the small existing tanks excavated in the rock are said to be the remains of the old plant.
...
The spring waters, especially sweet but rich in mineral salts, serve to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatism in general and have a constant temperature ranging from 39 ° C to 50 ° C. On the walls of the tubs a special quality of algae is born, very effective for the treatment of sinusitis, colds and small respiratory problems'.
Viverepantelleria.it adds:
'Gadir creek is on the north-eastern side of the island. The breathtaking landscape immersed in terraces that slope down to the sea and its thermal springs which have been known and enjoyed since very ancient times make it a must of the holiday. The warm salty waters of Gadir are especially indicated to cure rashes and dermatitis.
It is one of the few fishermen hamlets on the island and it is composed of many little Dammuso which are built very close to the sea'.
Rough Guide To Sicily (2017) notes that 
'Gadir is one of the most perfect spots on Pantelleria'.
It also notes that one of the 3 pools would be 90°C. 

Tripadvisor rates Gadir as #1 of 3 Spas & Wellness in Pantelleria, this based on 51 reviews who average 4 stars. Nearly all reviews in Italian.

The impossible

Termas calentitas 🔥🔥💧💧🍑 #Granada #SantaFe #Termas #nude
I'd like to think that there's more topical and trendy news out there on Europe's hot springs, but it's mostly Icelandically themed.
That said, here's what a visit to a hot spring in Iceland feels like, by julie stephenson (Oct. 10):
'There is something about the ritual of immersion in water. .. perhaps even ceremonial at times. I love it. It fulfils something deep within me.
The freedom I feel when I can feel water on my skin is impossible to describe. I often wonder about how much human experience is lost for so many who cannot experience the sensations of playing in water without clothes. I am privileged to have been able to experience swimming in so many environments without the encumbrance of clothing. Experiencing this nourishes me… and I feel happy.
...
In Iceland there were also the hot baths in Reykjavik. It was a cultural delight to experience women comfortable with their bodies – all walking around naked… showering…. talking to each other… helping each other … communion..  yes – that is what it was… sisterly communion.
Loss
What's non-Icelandic? 
Well there's Greece and it's hot springs. PRNewswire (Aug. 11) pushes
Essentially we learn that in Greece there are more than 800 
'natural healing water resources'.
Surprisingly, the examples brought forward aren't really so outstanding or special.

An idyllic (?) Greek find from instagram:

missbluesunshine at Loutropolis - Loutra Agias Paraskevis:
Found myself a hot spring in a cave in the rocks 😍😍😍🌅🇬🇷👌🏻🌏💁🏻 #hotspring #beautiful #sea #nature #happyme #blue #sunny☀️ #Greece #Halkidiki
mandmtravellers continue their visit to a great many of continental Europe's hot springs, now in Italy at Saturnia, Toscane. Unfortunately besides the great photo's of soaking, the accompany text is in Czech only. Pity.
Near Naples (Italy) this tragic accident (BBC, Sep. 12):
'A boy and his parents have died after falling into a pit in a volcanic crater at Solfatara near Naples'.
Viterbo News (Jul. 29) notes that the local government seems to have outlined how geothermal development should take place.

 
Natural thermal springs of Lake Garda, temperature up to 70degrees ! #veronacity #lakegarda #thermal #hotsprings #verona #italy #italia #travelgram #travel #winetour #beach #summer #wanderlust #vscocam #lugana #luganadisirmione
Dailynewshungary (Jun. 8) notes a trend:
'According to hvg.hu, the famous thermal baths of Budapest went through quite a few changes in the past years: they became trendy touristic destinations from being the soak-barrel of the elderly. The Hungarian bath culture is flourishing, it’s a real success story.
...
90% of those visiting Széchenyi and Gellért with full price tickets are foreigners.
...
According to a 2011 survey, the thermal baths of Budapest mainly attracted people in their 50s-60s, but now, half of the guests are young adults. This is probably due to the popular cultural and entertainment programmes held in the spas from time to time.
...
The newest plan concerns the reconstruction of the Csillaghegyi Bath and Swimming Pool, which is expected to be finished next year. The bath complex will have seven terraces built on top of each other, and the panorama pool on the top will look as if it was hanging in the air. Further plans concern the renovation of the Pesterzsébet and Király Baths.
...
The Budapest Spas cPlc. finished the year of 2010 with a loss worth 700 million forints (~EUR 2m), while they had a profit of 11.5 billion (~EUR 37m) last year. The 8 baths and 4 beaches operated by the company welcomed four million guests in 2016, meaning that the number of visitors grew by one million in six years'.
Your Budapest sparty agenda. Prices start from €45!
On a similar note, apparently Iceland's Mývatn hot springs actually recently had a live concert in the springs themselves ...

Positivity
Back to Iceland.
4 Tips To Going Nude In Iceland by Gayuk (Aug. 13). Join a nudist group, don't go to a spa (think Blue Lagoon), always shower naked and
'... few people would judge you for stripping off in a secluded natural hot spring'.
Odd tips. 
The only tip I would have to is to get out there and soak naked!

More tips. Low cost travellers (Sep 17) have a:
'Top 5 Hot Springs To Visit In Iceland For Free 
The free element seems to the theme.
Below are photo's of three of the five, Grjótagjá and Landmannalaugar hot springs have been skipped.

  • Reykjadalur
🇮🇸 feels like I was bathing in the shire. Perfect place for a #photoshoot #photoshooting #geothermal #hotsprings #naturelovers #iceland #phillymodel (📸 @bingerisme )
  • Seljavallalaug
When in the middle of nowhere with no one around ... one must skinny dip in a hot spring. ✌🏼️✌🏼️#iceland #hotsprings #ringroad #skinnydip #bodypositivity
  • Viti
We were swimming in the barely lukewarm Víti a few days ago, and now we are an hour outside of Reykjavik. Our little vacation is coming to an end.
To sell or not sell. Think Geoenergy (Aug. 4):
'In a short statement on August 3, 2017, Canadian Alterra Power Corp. announces that its subsidiary, HS Orka hf, has ended the process regarding the potential sale of HS Orka’s 30% ownership interest in the Blue Lagoon [hot spring] tourist resort'.
Iceland Review (Oct. 20) has an article on the hausse of hot spring beaches being developed on Iceland.
'The City of Reykjavík will assemble a task force to explore the possibility of utilizing excess hot water to create geothermal beaches at two locations in the city, RÚV reports'.
Apparently the local geothermal power plants have excess hot water in summer to distribute at designated beaches.

Independence
Then let's whirl ourselves through Europe, starting with the A:

28flshs in Albania:
soll gesund sein, haben sie gesagt. #localswerdenswohlwissen
#thermalquelle #zauberschlamm #matschen #outdoorwellness
european_vantripandco 
🇧🇬Jour 154 - Day 154 🇧🇬
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🇫🇷A peine arrivé en Bulgarie et déjà première belle surprise avec la découverte de source de chaude en pleine nature.
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🇬🇧Hardly arrived in Bulgaria and already the first surprise with the discovery of hot spring in nature.
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#wild #keepitwild #vanlifeideas #vanlife #vanlifers #vanlifediaries #vanlifeexplorers #traveling #traveleurope #travelgram #instatravel #outboundliving #adventurescalling #camperlifestyle #nomad #exploremore #wildlife #chilling #chill #naturegifts #hotwater #exploringtheglobe #travelingtheworld #lifeofadventure #hotsprings #naturepic #natureart
#nature #naturelovers #naturephotography
Where are we? The C for Catalonia, it's independent after all ... or Corsica where the wish is similar.

lbalozanogibert at Jafre
 #aiguestermals #kws #usestimo #layemseslamejorconlasfotos
Glad to make it back to this magic place after years! .
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#hotsprings #seakayaking #secretplace #importantplaces #wine #magicisland #return #adventure #kayak #importantpeople
Chills
Elsewhere in the republic, then we go east.

montzerra in France
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yloete at Georgia's capital Tbilisi:
 Вчера вечером мы ходили в баню ⛲️🐬 #баня #сернистаявода #sulfurwater #zwavelwater #abanutobani #tbilisi #girlstimeout
Chilling in da local hot spring...
#romania #roemenië #herculane #hotsprings #cave #camping #randomtrip #random #explore #bath #bathing #cruisin #chillings #hitchhiking #explore #fun #vsco #vscocam
Going
And then some assorted:

  zaplmi
-4°C ❄️#bathtime #bath #outdoor #winter #hotspring #hotspot #chillout #easyliving #instatravel #instagood #travelgram #instanature #nature #czech #slovakia #trip #gopro
ricarneiro in Galacia:
Início do aniversário da Ritinha em Lóbios! #Lobios #espanha #termas #aguaquentinha #aniversariodarita #ricardocarneiro #comamigos
Life in Nemrut crater #outdoorlife #exploremore #exploreturkey #turkey #hotsprings #crater #nemrut #volcano #instagood #instatravel #worldtravel #backpackers #hitchhiker #earthpix #naturelovers #planetearth #hikers #discoverearth #travelgram #travellife #enjoylife #ontheroad #loveturkey #craterlake #blogger #justnature #gowiththeflow #exploretheworld #bathtime #plouf

Euro soaks visited