Located in the middle of the North Atlantic lies Iceland. A rugged island full of incredible landscapes and adventurous activities, making it one of the hottest travel destinations in Europe, mainly because of the natural hot springs. With waterfalls cascading down every cliff and volcanic craters and lava fields around every corner, Iceland is an adventurer’s dream come true. When it comes to the number of hot springs in Iceland, the limit does not exist. Hot spring hunting is one of the best ways to explore all that Iceland has to offer.
Iceland Natural Hot Springs
Not all Iceland natural hot springs are created equal but each maintains its own unique mix of healing properties, beautiful scenery and essential relaxation. If you need some ideas for your upcoming trip to Iceland, then check out the list below of our favorite Iceland natural hot springs which include:
- Seljavallalaug Pool
An hour and a half drive from Reykjavik, Landbrotalaug is one of the most beautiful and smallest Iceland natural hot spring. Landbrotalaug is super cozy and intimate, only allowing for two to three people at any given time, so we recommend visiting early in the morning or later in the afternoon while there is still daylight.
Grettislaug is located at Reykir in Skagafjordur, about 25 miles from the Ring Road in North Iceland. In the early 20th century, the original geothermal pool was destroyed by a storm. However, it was rebuilt in 1992 by Jón Eiríksson and a group of locals, using natural springs from the water with precisely the right temperature coming from the ground. The name Grettislaug refers to the character Grettir the Strong, who was the strongest man who ever lived from one of Iceland’s most famous Sagas, Grettis Saga, which was written around the 13th and 14th centuries. Visitors can enjoy this geothermal bath while taking in amazing seaside views of the shores of Skagifjörður.
Seljavallalaug is one of the more well-known as well as the oldest in Iceland. If you’re looking for a more secluded Iceland natural hot springs experience, then Seljavallalaug is the perfect stop along the Ring Road in the southern region of Iceland. Seljavallalaug is a built-up pool set on the side of a valley surrounded by mountains. Less than a mile walk from the parking lot to the pool, visitors can enjoy the dark green, naturally heated water amid the beautiful scenery.
Landmannalaugar, also known as the “People’s Pools,” is located in the heart of Iceland’s southern highlands and is one of the first stops on our Iceland guided hiking tour. Nestled beside the Laugahraun lava field, Landmannalaugar is known for its stunning, colorful mountainous landscape and unique beauty. For centuries, travelers have been using this soothing natural springs as a means to relax and recollect after hiking excursions.
This natural hot spring is located on a farm and holds the perfect temperature all year long. Hrunalaug is a small, natural hot pool near Flúðir, in the Gold Circle area that holds about two people at a time. There is a changing room next to the hot spring so that you can change clothes. Since this natural hot spring is on private property, it is essential to bring a trash bag and clean after yourself when you are done visiting.
Guðrúnarlaug is located in West Iceland and has over 1000 years of history when Vikings from one of the Icelandic Sagas, Laxdæla Saga, lived in the area and used the geothermal pool. A landslide fell on the original Guðrúnarlaug, closing it for 140 years until it was reconstructed and opened in October 2009. A changing room is also located on the premise.
The Reykjadalur Hot Spring River is one of our favorite experiences in Iceland, here at Carpe Mundo, and a stop on all of our Iceland Highlights tours. Located only 45 minutes outside of Reykjavik, travelers can enjoy a one-hour scenic hike from the parking lot to the river. Reykjadalur means smoky or steam valley, and as you hike past hot springs, steam vents, and mud pots, it’s easy to understand why. At the end of the hike, you will be rewarded with a shallow, hot river where you can soak and enjoy the scenery. This is entirely natural and less developed than the other hot spring mentioned above, having only a boardwalk and basic changing structures. Reykjadalur has become very popular, so we recommend going early or late in the day to avoid crowds.
Iceland Small Group Tours With Carpe Mundo
The travel experts at Carpe Mundo have done the research and the leg work, discovering the best secret spots like hot springs, natural baths, waterfalls, and glacier lagoons to give you an exclusive and personalized experience through our Iceland small group tours. We specialize in creating customized small group tours to destinations like Iceland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, and Montenegro. Each small group tour has a maximum of 7-12 travelers, allowing us to create the perfect vacation the specifically caters to your wants, wishes, and needs. If you are interested in one of our Iceland small group tours, then give one of our travel specialists a call today at 1-888-890-9898 or book one of our small group tours to Europe today.