The hidden secret natural hot pool West Iceland is keeping! Bathe in splendour!
The Landbrotalaug natural hot pool (West Iceland) is located in Snaefellsnes, Iceland and is a well kept secret you’ll want to try!
- Budget tight? Although Iceland’s Blue Lagoon close to Reykjavik is beautiful, if you’re going beyond the capital and exploring the island, Lake Myvatn’s nature baths have an extremely similar crystal blue lake of thermal pools that is heated and has all the same spa facilities. But Myvatn’s baths are
3800 ISK instead of 5.400 ISK (base package) for the Blue Lagoon.
How to have an entirely free dip in a natural hot pool West Iceland’s hiding within an hour from Reykjavik:
- Smartphone for GPS
- Sense of adventure
- A car
- Shoes you won’t mind getting wet e.g. rubber boots
- BYO towels and bikini- no changing facilities, so wear your swimming things under your clothes.
Reaching Landbrotalaug’s hidden romantic hot pool north of Reykjavik:
To reach this rock pool you will need a car as its situated in the middle of nowhere, but very easy to reach from the Ring Road if you are driving around Iceland. It’s about an hour from Reykjavik, making it a hidden gem for tourists! Trust me, this romantic hideaway is worth it.
Space for 2-3 people, so you can relax in the pool with a friend or partner. Afterwards, your skin will feel soft as a baby’s bottom. No one will disturb you, except the odd sheep.
The pool is 36-40oC and feels sublime, but it’s fed by a spring that is hot enough to scald. You’ll be able to spot the spring by the steam rising off it and obviously don’t jump in that part!
This thermal pool is known only to locals, so it’s a well kept secret! It will feel delicious, and won’t cost you a penny! It’s free.
How to get there:
Step 1: Plug this into your GPS: N64°49.933 W22°19.11
Step 2: Starting from Borgarnes as your main point on the Ring Road take road no. 54 towards Stykkishólmur. After about 40 km you should make a turn by the farm Skjálg and continue about 1 km down a rustic road with no tarmac (though safe and easy to drive on). It’s more of a lane than anything.
Step 3: When you can no longer see road, park the car and turn left and head straight for the water you can see. Landbrotalaug natural hot pool lies north of Eldborg close to Haffjarðar river. Once you have circled the river you will see it on your right. Don’t be put off by some squelching, this is all part of the Icelandic spirit.
Step 4: Change behind a bush and crack open some bubbly, you’re in for the FREE jacuzzi of a lifetime!
IMPORTANT note: The directions I followed implied there was a way to walk around the basin of the Haffjarðar River between you and the geothermal pool while keeping dry, but if there has been some rain recently, that won’t be the case. Instead you can paddle with water only up to your shins around the edge of the river in a somewhat squelchy way. It’s easy, and shouldn’t stop you, but worth knowing in advance! There aren’t too many hot springs near Reykjavik, so this is an unmissable stop.
Here’s a map to make things clearer showing the route from the large town of Borgarnes located on the Ring Road to the find the geothermal pool:
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