Explore Iceland’s hot springs, steaming baths and a balmy dip in Hell

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With the North Atlantic a brisk 12 degrees Celsius, some people take their time when wading into Iceland’s seas. Others are helped by swimsuits, bathing caps and neoprene socks and gloves. You don’t notice the temperature once you’re in, says one Icelander who swims in Nautholsvik Bay every other day. It’s easier than it sounds as water heated with geothermal energy is piped in, plus thermal springs that heat up a long concrete pool. Many Icelanders spend their days swimming, relaxing, enjoying warm and cold water alike. Almost every town in the country has a swimming pool, no matter how small…

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