Iceland In 8 Days. The wonderful, wild, beautiful Iceland. This country raises questions more than just about any country on earth. Are those stories about having to completely undress before getting into a hot spring or pool true? Many factors play in, including setting, culture, traditions, and more.
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Forgetting about man-made places such as the Blue Lagoon what is customary in Iceland for the proper bathing attire in natural Hot Springs? Is it rude to wear a bathing suit? Is it rude to be nude? And to clarify I'm talking about remote hot springs that are natural and not ones you pay to get into. Natural pools are generally not regulated or monitored. You can go naked, in swim-gear or dressed as a chicken for all we care. The problem tends to be that there is no shower to wash before or after.
I have noticed that perceptions of sex and nudity in Iceland are a bit odd to some people. So I went out last night with a group of friends and was talking to an English friend of mine that suggested I should write a blog about how open Icelandic people are about sex. This said friend has been to Iceland a couple of times as well as pretty much everywhere else in the world and he was amused when he was there with myself and my Icelandic female friend and we had a conversation, in English so that he could understand, detailing our sex-lives. For me, being Icelandic and female, this is perfectly normal. And because the nation has such an equal approach to men and women this is considered completely normal.
So getting naked and wandering around in a field is not going to be an option for about days of the year. The cool and laid-back nature of Icelanders will have you thinking that nudism is widely celebrated like it is in many other European countries. In truth, nudism in Iceland is more typically done individually rather than in groups or at social gatherings, as it has only recently started to be popular. Spas and swimming pools are a big part of Icelandic culture, but they almost always involve wearing swimming trunks. You will be asked to leave.