The Guardian has recently published an article about free hot springs (or natural geothermal pools) around the world, right here. As you can see, Reykjadalur‘s hot springs in Iceland are listed in there, and they fully deserve it! But there are loads of other hot springs in Iceland that deserve some attention and are worth visiting.
Here are a few to be named and covered:
1) Landmannalaugar - The queen of hot natural pools in Iceland.
It‘s located in the colorful landscape of the Souther highlands, which make you drool just thinking about it! The bathing area is spacious and the water level moderately shallow. The temperature is about 36-40 °C, just perfect for bathing. The changing facilities are excellent there, something rather scanty in Iceland when exploring exotic bathing.
You can see why we love going there all year around, but especially during the winter time when the area is peaceful, almost desolate, and the chances of catching a display of the Northern Lights are good.
2) Hveravellir – A stunning geothermal area in the middle of absolutely nowhere
Some 92 km North of the Gullfoss waterfall (in the Golden Circle) you will find Hveravellir’s thermal springs – right between glaciers Langjökull and Hofsjökull.
The pool is about 6 x 3 meters in size and is located in a warm river. The water flows quickly there, which means it is clean at all times. The site is one of the most stunning geothermal areas in the world. There you will find steamy fumaroles and sky-blue boiling water. Changing facilities are available in Hveravellir.
3) Landbrotalaug - The hidden, tiny and romantic one
The pool Landbrotalaug is A well hidden secret. It is located at the most eastern part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula and can only fit 2-3 people. But don’t worry about that. That is exactly what makes it so special and romantic. The temperature in the pool is about 36 – 40°C, excellent for bathing.
Landbrotalaug is very accessible since it is located only 2 hours from Reykjavík but as stated earlier, not easily found. Actually it is not too far from the beautiful crater Eldborg. By Landbrotalaug there are no changing facilities, but the parking area is nearby so you can strip down to your swimsuit in your car.
4) Strútslaug – Paradise surrounded by mountains.
This pool is truly a well concealed gem, since it is really remote and plain gorgeous. Strútslaug is located in the Southern highlands North of Mýrdalsjökull glacier. As you can imagine the area is truly peaceful, completely surrounded by mountains and untouched nature. The pool is to be found by the side of a little cold water river and is divided into two sections by a wall of piled up natural stones.
Its size is about 8.5 X 5 meters and its maximum depth is around 1 meter. The temperature ranges from 37°- 43°C, just the temperature you use for your own bath. By Strútslaug there are no changing room facilities, but have no concerns… it‘s located far away from the civilized world.
5) Seljavallalaug – The oldest man-made pool in whole Iceland
The swimming pool Seljavallalaug is situated deep inside a short and narrow valley not far from the one and only Eyjafjallajökull, in the South of Iceland. There are actually two pools named Seljavallalaug, the new one and the old one. The old one is 25 metres long and 10 metres wide. Next to the pool you will find changing facilities, although very primitive. The pool‘s water stems from a natural hot spring close by, but it is actually not too warm, about 20-30°C. Soaking up there is really adventurous, since the nature is marvelous all around. Just like in a fairytale!
Just remember to be careful, leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures.
And of course embrace and enjoy these special places.