Favorite Finds: Healing Hot Springs

]Find your fountain of youth in these thermal pools around the globe.

Your early morning arrival in Reykjavík, Iceland, sets the perfect tone for a soothing dip in the mineral-rich Blue Lagoon. Located just minutes from Keflavík International Airport, the pearly blue waters — surrounded by fields of lava — are a dramatic introduction to Iceland’s natural beauty.

When you travel into the Ecuadorian highlands — more than 10,000 feet above sea level — not only are you rewarded with Andean views, but you’ll also discover how volcanic activity heats up natural hot springs. In Papallacta, plunge into pools of varying temperatures, enjoy a hydromassage and rejuvenate with a mountain mud bath.

Onsen are deeply connected to Japan’s culture, thanks to the country’s volcanic geology that enriches hot waters with healing minerals. There are springs throughout the country, and we especially love the island of Hokkaido for its abundance of public bath houses and ryokan (inns) with private baths.

From cold night skies alit by the dancing aurora borealis to the warmth of Chena Hot Springs, your journey to Fairbanks, Alaska, is filled with wonders. Take your pick from soaking tubs, a salt-water family pool and a steaming, rock-encircled lake where you can relax in naturally filtered waters.

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