Do you want to make the most of Iceland’s incredible collection of hot springs on your trip to the Land of Fire and Ice?

These amazing geothermal features are highly popular with locals and visitors alike, so they offer a truly authentic Icelandic experience.

To help you find the perfect hot spring for your journey, we have put together this guide to the best hot springs in Iceland.

We will start in the area of our capital, Reykjavik, and move clockwise around the island before finishing in the Reykjanes Peninsula.

Some hot springs are luxurious, like the Blue Lagoon, Sky Lagoon, and Vök Baths. In contrast, others are very natural, with no changing rooms but exceptional views.

When there are no changing rooms, you either must change in your car or outside by the pool. 

Many of the natural pools are free of charge, but some ask you to leave a donation for volunteers to keep the area clean.

We also ask you never to leave anything behind, and if you see trash from others, pick it up and throw it away. We’re all in this together.

When you’ve finished reading this guide, you can continue to plan your dream holiday by browsing our full range of Iceland tours and day trips.

If you have any questions for us about our excursions, please feel free to get in touch.

Find the Best Hot Springs in Iceland

The Best Hot Springs in Southwest Iceland and the Capital Area
The Best Hot Springs in West Iceland
The Best Hot Springs in the Westfjords
The Best Hot Springs in North Iceland
The Best Hot Springs in East Iceland
The Best Hot Springs in South Iceland
The Best Hot Springs in the Highlands
The Best Hot Springs in Reykjanes Peninsula

Please note, we do not cover swimming pools in this blog post. Read our Guide to Swimming Pools in Iceland for more information.

You can also learn about the swimming pools of Reykjavik in our blog Is the Reykjavik City Card Worth It?

The Best Hot Springs in Iceland: Southwest and the Capital Area

Kvika Foot Bath/Hot Pool

The foot bath is in the Grótta peninsula, a great spot to watch the midnight sun and northern lights from within the city. 

The pool is small, so it can only accommodate one to two people. It is most commonly used as a foot bath.

The pool was designed by artist Ólöf Nordal and offers spectacular views of Mt Esja and Snæfellsjökull Glacier.

  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Always open
  • Changing rooms: No
  • Size: 25 cm – 30 cm deep and 80 cm – 90 cm wide
  • Temperature: Around 39°C (102°F)
  • GPS: 64.1624° N, 22.0083° W

Sky Lagoon

Sky Lagoon in Kópavogur opened in 2021 and is an oceanside geothermal lagoon. The lagoon is about 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) south of downtown Reykjavik.  

The lagoon is heated with geothermal energy, which keeps the water temperature at approximately 38° – 40°C (100°F – 104°F). 

The lagoon has hot and cold pools, saunas, and steam rooms. There is also a restaurant and bar on the premises.  

  • Price: Between $47 – $101
  • Opening hours: September 1 – May 31: Monday to Thursday: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Friday: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Saturday: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm, Sunday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm | June 1 – June 16:  Every day: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm | June 17 – August 14: Every day: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm | August 15 – August 31: Every day: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Changing rooms: Yes
  • Temperature: 38°C – 40°C (100°F – 104°F). 

The Best Hot Springs in Iceland: West Iceland

Guðlaug Pool

Guðlaug is on Langisandur, Akranes. It opened in 2018 and is spread over three levels. 

The first level has a shallow wading pool, the second a geothermal pool with showers, and the third an observation deck.

  • Price: 18 years and older 500 ISK | 15 – 17 years old 200 ISK | Disabled people and senior citizens 200 ISK
  • Opening hours: May 1 – August 31: Every day: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm | September 1 – April 30: Wednesday to Friday: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, weekends: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Changing rooms: Yes
  • GPS: N64°19.5756, W022°04.0371

Krosslaug

The Krosslaug in West Iceland is an ancient natural pool. Near the pool, you can find a sign that says that West Iceland men were baptized there in the year 1000. 

It is small, and only about 2 – 3 people can fit in it. This is a historical pool with protected status.

  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Always open
  • Changing rooms: No
  • Temperature: 40°C – 42°C (104°F – 107.6°F)
  • GPS: 65.5194° N, 23.4053° W

Deildartunguhver – Krauma Spa

Deildartunguhver is Europe’s highest-flow hot spring. The water is about 100°C (212°F) when it emerges. Of course, this is far too hot for humans. 

There’s a newly opened spa called Krauma (which translates as ‘simmer’) next to the hot spring. The spa has six baths, five warm and one cold. 

There are no extra chemicals used to keep the pools clean as the water is constantly being replaced due to the rapid natural flow rate of the hot spring. 

There is also a steam bath, an infrared cell, and relaxation rooms.

Krauma is located near Deildartunguhver, at 320 Reykholt, on Route 50, about 97 kilometers (60 miles) from Reykjavík. 

It has a restaurant that seats 70 guests inside and the same amount outside.

  • Price: $35
  • Opening hours: Every day: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm | December 24: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm | December 25: Closed | December 31: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm | January 1: Closed
  • Changing rooms: Yes
  • GPS: 64.6636° N, 21.4107° W

Landbrotalaug

Landbrotalaug hot spring only fits two or three people at a time. Drive on Route 1 (the Ring Road) from Reykjavík north to Borgarnes. 

Just north of the town, take a left turn at the only roundabout in the city (towards Snæfellsnes) onto Route 54. 

After about 40 kilometers (25 miles), take a left turn onto Route 5644. By the road, you will see a sign which says “Stóra Hraun”. 

Drive down that road for about 1.3 kilometers (0.8 miles) until you see another small road on your left.

Turn onto that and drive for about 300 meters (0.2 miles). From this point, you need to walk to the thermal pools. 

There are two of them, one which fits approximately 1 – 2 people and the other fits more.

  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Always
  • Changing rooms: No
  • Temperature: 36°C – 40°C (97°F – 104°F)
  • GPS: N64°49.933, W22°19.11

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Sturlungalaug (also called Guðmundarlaug)

From Reykjavik, drive the same way to Snæfellsnes as you would if you’re visiting Landbrotalaug. 

Instead of turning left off Route 54, you turn right onto Route 55. Look for a sign which says “Syðri-Rauðimelur”. 

After driving for about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles), you need to open a gate (if it is closed), and then enter through a second gate to the right. 

Drive towards the crate to reach the parking lot for the geothermal pool.

  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Always open
  • Changing rooms: No
  • Temperature: 35°C – 40°C (95°F – 104°F)
  • Size: 3×7 meters, fits 8 – 10 people
  • GPS: 64.8696° N, 22.2838° W

Guðrúnarlaug

Bradley Rentz, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Guðrúnarlaug is a thermal bath laid with cut rocks in Dalabyggð, about 20 km away from Búðardalur. 

It is a modern reconstruction of a pool in Sælingsdalur, the oldest pool known in Iceland. 

That pool disappeared under a landslide in the 19th century, but it was believed to be a wholesome pool and used a lot. 

It was named in both the Laxdæla saga and Sturlunga. The name of the bath refers to Guðrún Ósvífursdóttir of Laxdæla, which you can learn more about in our guide The Icelandic Sagas for Beginners.

The new Guðrúnarlaug was made in the way people believed the original one was constructed, but with the addition of a small hut that people can use as a changing room.

  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Always open
  • Changing room: Yes.
  • GPS: 65.2464° N, 21.8053° W

The Best Hot Springs in Iceland: The Westfjords

Hellulaug 

Photo credit: Maite Elorza

Hellulaug is only a short distance from the main road in Vatnsfjörður, just before you arrive at Flókalundur. 

It’s about 60 cm deep and offers excellent views. The pool is not visible from the road but has parking next to it. 

The water comes from a borehole above the pool. There is no fee to enter the pool, but there is a donation box that we recommend using. 

The pool is emptied regularly and cleaned using the donation funds.

  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Always open
  • Changing rooms: No
  • Temperature: Around 38°C (100.4°F)
  • GPS: 65.5772° N, 23.1595° W

Krosslaug (Cross Pool)

You shouldn’t confuse Krosslaug in the Westfjords with Krosslaug in West Iceland. 

This Krosslaug is close to the Birkimelur settlement in the southern part of the Westfjords. 

The pool is a concrete swimming pool built in 1948 by a local youth association and then used for swimming lessons for the people who lived in the area. 

Nearby, at the shore, is a natural hot spring pool. If you want a more natural experience, we recommend heading here.

  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Always open
  • Changing rooms: No
  • Temperature: Around 37°C (100°F)
  • GPS: 65.5194° N, 23.4053° W

While you’re on the road, you will need to stop for supplies. Make sure you’re informed and prepared by reading our guide to grocery stores in Iceland.

Reykjafjarðarlaug

Like Krosslaug, there is a concrete swimming pool built in 1975 by volunteers and a natural hot spring slightly further away. 

The hot spring is in Reykjafjörður, which is a small fjord within Arnarfjörður. 

Coming from Bíldudalur, you drive north towards Þingeyri and Ísafjörður on Route 63. You will find the pool at the end of Reykjafjörður. 

Please note that the road is an unpaved dirt track that is only open during the summer months. You will not need a 4WD car to drive it, but it might be more comfortable.

  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Always open, however, the road is closed during winter.
  • Changing rooms: Yes
  • Temperature: Around 40°C (104°F)
  • GPS: 65.62313331830642, -23.469119887259158

Pollurinn

Photo credit: Pollurinn

You will find Pollurinn geothermal pool just outside Tálknafjörður. Pollurinn has three blue-painted concrete pools, two shallow and one deeper. 

The temperature can reach up to 46°C (114.8°F). If it gets too hot, it is possible to lower the temperature by adding cold water from a nearby hose. 

The area has recently undergone renovation and there are changing rooms by the pool.

  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Always open
  • Changing rooms: Yes
  • Temperature: Can reach 46°C (114,8°F). Use a hose with cold water to lower the temperature.
  • GPS: 665.6491° N, 23.8949° W

Hörgshlíðarlaug

Like many other pools in the Westfjords, Hörgshlíðarlaug is also made of concrete. It is 2 x 6 meters in length and about 0.8 meters deep. 

Situated on private land in Mjóifjörður, Ísafjarðardjúp, you have to ask permission to use the pool. 

According to the owner, it is “pretty hot”, so be careful. The views from the pool are spectacular.

  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Always open
  • Changing rooms: Yes
  • Temperature: Around 40°C (104°F)
  • GPS: 65.84528, -22.61212

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Nauteyrarlaug

Nauteyrarlaug geothermal pool is also situated in Ísafjarðardjúp. The hot spring is located by the end of Route 635, near the farm Bær. 

It is fed by a nearby borehole drilled by a fishing company decades ago.

  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Always open
  • Changing rooms: Yes
  • Temperature: 40°C – 42°C (104°F – 107.6°F)
  • GPS: 65.91711, -22.34193

Krossneslaug

Jóna Þórunn, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The views from this concrete pool are spectacular, and you might even see whales, dolphins, and seals!

The pool is situated in the smallest town in Iceland, Árneshreppur. Only about 42 people live there, with a population density of 0.06 km2.

  • Price: Adults 450 ISK | Children 200 ISK
  • Opening hours: May to August. Better to check beforehand on their Facebook page or call +354-888-5077
  • Changing rooms: Yes
  • GPS: 66.05625, -21.50852

Drangsnes Hot Tubs

In the small fishing village of Drangsnes, you will find three hot tubs by the sea. 

The village is situated about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) north of Hólmavík, and you can easily find the hot tubs when you’re there.

  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Always open
  • Changing rooms: Yes
  • GPS: 65.6882, -21.44825

The Best Hot Springs in Iceland: North Iceland

Grettislaug

Grettislaug is named after one of Iceland’s famed sagas, the Grettis saga, which we included on our list of recommended reads from Iceland.

The pool is slightly off the beaten track but is still relatively easy to access. It’s about half an hour’s drive north of Sauðárkrókur in Skagafjörður. 

It has fabulous views of Drangey Island. The original Grettislaug was next to another pool used for washing called Reykjalaug. 

However, both pools were lost in a storm. Grettislaug was then rebuilt in 1992.

  • Price: 1,000 ISK
  • Opening hours: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Better to check by calling ahead: +354-434-7738)
  • Changing rooms: Yes
  • Temperature: Around 39°C (102°F)
  • GPS: 65.8822° N, 19.7365° W

Fosslaug

Bromr, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

This hot spring sits next to Reykjafoss waterfall and its river, just 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) away from Varmahlíð on Route 1 (the Ring Road). 

When you reach a sign which reads “Vindheimar”, turn left. Park your car when you reach the fence; the hot spring is about a five-minute walk away.

  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Always open
  • Changing rooms: Yes
  • Temperature: Around 40°C (104°F)
  • GPS: 65.4942° N, 19.3836° W

Skógarböð / Forest Lagoon

Skógarböð is the newest lagoon in Iceland, opening in April 2022. It is situated in Vaðlaskógur forest near Akureyri, which can be easily reached by car or plane. 

The lagoon has two big leisure pools with hot water from Vaðlaheiði mountain. 

Guests can enjoy fantastic views over Eyjafjörður over to Akureyri while soaking.

  • Price: From $45 (5800 ISK)
  • Opening hours: TBA
  • Changing rooms: Yes
  • Temperature: TBA
  • GPS: 65.6701° N, 18.0421° W

Mývatn Nature Baths

Myvatn-Nature-Baths-Winter

The Mývatn Nature Baths opened in 2004 about 4 kilometers (2.48 miles) away from Reykjahlíð by Mývatn Lake. 

The area has been used for bathing since the settlement era. The water used in the nature baths is drawn from a depth of 2,500 meters. 

It comes from a nearby lagoon owned by the National Power Company’s borehole in Bjarnarflag. 

The water has a temperature of 130°C (266°F) when it arrives at a vast basin of water near the lagoon, forming a man-made hot spring.

Apart from the lagoon, there are also steam baths and a hot tub.

  • Price: Adults 5,900 ISK | 13 – 15 years old 2,900 ISK | Students, seniors, and disabled people 3,900 ISK
  • Opening hours: June 1 – August 31: Every day, 10:00 am – 11:00 pm | September 1 – May 31: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Changing rooms: Yes
  • Temperature: Lagoon: 36°C – 40°C (96.8°F – 104°F) | Hot tub: Around 42°C (107.6°F)
  • GPS: 65.6309° N, 16.8475° W

The Geothermal Goldfish Pond / Kaldbakur Pond

This pond is situated about 2 kilometers(1.2 miles) south of Húsavík in North Iceland. Be aware, it is not easily visible from the road. 

Why is it called the Goldfish Pond, you might wonder? 

Well, at some point, people set goldfish loose in the pond. Due to its temperature, it doesn’t freeze during winter, so they live a pretty good life there. 

If you want a pet, you can fish one from the pond!

Just know, there are four ponds here, and only one is warm.

  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Always open
  • Changing rooms: No
  • Temperature: 20°C – 30°C (68°F – 86°F)
  • GPS:  66.01534, -17.35684

GeoSea

In the mid-20th century, the people of Húsavík decided to drill for hot water, which they knew was in the area. 

However, what came up was hot seawater, which was too rich in minerals to be suitable for heating houses. 

Instead of letting it go to waste, an old cheese barrel was installed at Húsavíkurhöfði. 

The residents of Húsavík could enjoy the health benefits of bathing in the hot seawater. 

The new spa was opened a few years ago and has an infinity pool and a hot tub, a restaurant, and a bar.

  • Price: Adults 4,900 ISK | Children 6 – 16 years old 2,200 ISK | Students, seniors and disabled people 3,100 ISK
  • Opening hours: September 1 – December 31: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm | January 1 – March 31: Monday to Thursday: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Friday to Sunday: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm | April 1 – May 31: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm | June 1 – August 31: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Changing rooms: Yes
  • Temperature: 38°C – 39°C (100.4°F – 102.2°F)
  • GPS: 66.05204, -17.362

If you’re journeying through North Iceland, you’re likely driving around the Ring Road. Make sure you stop at some of our tips for the best towns in Iceland!

The Best Hot Springs in Iceland: East Iceland

Laugavallalaug

The hot spring falls about 2 meters off a small cliff into this beautiful natural hot spring pool and another colder pool. 

This hot spring is off the beaten track, and you will need a 4×4 car to access it. 

We recommend checking the pool’s temperature before entering because it could be too hot.

To reach it, you need to drive to Kárahnjúkar from Egilsstaðir. From Kárahnjúkar, it is about 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) to the hot spring, which is only accessible by 4×4 car.

  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Always open
  • Changing rooms: No
  • Temperature: Around 40°C (104°F)
  • GPS: 65.0066, -15.76243

Vök baths

Vok Baths in the East

Vök Baths are one of the newest baths in Iceland and our country’s only floating pools. 

Geothermal water is scarce in the East Fjords. However, it was long known that geothermal water was present in Urriðavatn (where Vök Baths are) as a portion of the lake never froze during winter.

The baths have a restaurant, a bar, and a few different pools.

  • Price: Between 5,990 ISK and 9,990 ISK
  • Opening hours: March 25 – June 30: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm | July 1 – August 15: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm | August 16 – August 31: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm | September 1 – October 15: 12:00 pm 10:00 pm. October 16 – April 30: Weekdays, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, weekends 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Changing rooms: Yes
  • Temperature: 38°C – 41°C (100.4°F – 105.8°F)
  • GPS: 65.3038589, -14.449273

Djúpavogskörin

In the southern part of the East Fjords by Djúpavogur, you will find the Djúpavogskör. 

Locals set up the pool to enjoy time in thermal baths with their friends and families. 

There is a small deck near the pool to enjoy the view if you don’t want to enter the pool.

  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Always open
  • Changing rooms: No
  • GPS: 64.6535° N, 14.3417° W

The Best Hot Springs in Iceland: South Iceland

Seljavallalaug Swimming Pool

Seljavallalaug is one of the oldest swimming pools in Iceland, built in 1923. This outdoor pool is not far away from Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. 

The pool is free of charge and there are changing rooms. Guests are asked to be mindful of how they treat the place, so please do not leave anything behind.

The pool is about 20°C – 35°C (68°F – 95°F) and is cleaned only once every summer by volunteers, so it might have pond scum when you go there. The pond scum is very slippery, so be careful.

During the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption, the pool was filled with ash but was cleaned a few months after it ended.

  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Always open
  • Changing rooms: Yes
  • Temperature: 20°C – 35°C (68°F – 95°F)
  • GPS: 63.565504, -19.607961

Reykjadalur Hot Spring

Reykjadalur hot spring is about a 45-minute hike away from Hveragerði, a small town in South Iceland known for its geothermal heat and greenhouses.

During the hike, there are many pools of water that you must not try to bathe in. Read the signs on the way and be careful.

Also, note there are no changing rooms. You will need to either change in the open or have swimwear on underneath your clothes. 

The hot spring is available all year round and costs nothing.

  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Always open
  • Changing rooms: No
  • Temperature: 34°C – 45°C (93.2°F – 113°F)
  • GPS: 64.0488° N, 21.2226° W

While you’re in this captivating part of our country, consider joining some of our tours in South Iceland to experience the best of what it has to offer!

Marteinslaug also called Kúalaug

You can find Marteinslaug near the beautiful Haukadalsskógur, close to Geysir. This hot spring makes a great addition to an adventure in the Golden Circle. 

It isn’t big (it fits around 3 – 5 people) and, like so many other natural pools in Iceland, there are no changing facilities. 

It must not be confused with the Marteinshver hot spring, which is 80°C – 100°C (176°F – 212°F) and is not suitable for bathing.

  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Always open
  • Changing rooms: No
  • Temperature: 39°C – 43°C (102.2°F – 109.4°F)
  • GPS: 664.3267° N, -20.2821° W

Hrunalaug

Hrunalaug is small and cozy. The hot spring is an old concrete pool close to Flúðir in South Iceland. 

The pool is on private property. The small shelter next to the pool is not a changing area, but it is possible to use it.

  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Always open
  • Changing rooms: No
  • Temperature: Around 40°C (104°F)
  • GPS: 664.1327° N, 20.3065° W

The Secret Lagoon

Nice weather in Secret Lagoon

The Secret Lagoon is a man-made pool fed by water from nearby natural hot springs. 

People in the area have been bathing here for centuries. It is the oldest pool in Iceland and one of the most popular. 

Situated near Flúðir in South Iceland, the Secret Lagoon (along with Hrunalaug and Kúalaug) could be added to the Golden Circle tour.

You might find the Secret Lagoon named Gamla Laugin (the Old Pool), as the locals call it.

Recently it was changed to accommodate many more people. The facilities were updated at the same time.

  • Price: 15 years and older 3,000 ISK | Seniors 2,200 ISK | Children under 15 years old enter for free
  • Opening hours: October 1 – May 31: Every day: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm | June 1 – September 30: Every day: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Changing rooms: Yes
  • Temperature: Around 40°C (100°F)
  • GPS: 64.1378° N, 20.3095° W

Laugavatn Fontana

The view from the hot tubs in Fontana Laugarvatn

Laugarvatn Fontana is a reasonably new spa in South Iceland, but it was built on old hot springs which Icelanders have used for centuries. 

There are a few hot tubs, a sauna, a steam bath, a restaurant, and a bar. 

You can take a dip in Laugarvatn Lake if you feel adventurous! 

If you book your entrance at a certain time of the day, you can join the staff members in digging up bread they baked in the hot sand and try it.

  • Price: Adults 17 years and older 3,950 ISK | 13 – 16 years old 2,000 ISK | Children up to 12 years old (max two children per adult) enter for free | Senior citizens 67 years and older 2,000 ISK
  • Opening hours: Sunday to Wednesday 11:30 am – 7:00 pm, Thursday to Saturday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
  • Changing rooms: Yes
  • GPS: 64.21491, -20.73066

The Best Hot Springs in Iceland: The Highlands

Many of Iceland’s most impressive geothermal hot springs are in the highlands.

Please note that accessing the Icelandic highlands is difficult. You can only drive there in a 4×4 jeep, and the roads are often not open until late June until the middle of September. 

The highlands are inaccessible during the winter months unless you have a specially equipped car, and then it is best to have someone who knows the area well to drive for you.

Strútslaug

Strútslaug translates into English as “Ostrich Pool”. The name is a complete mystery because ostriches have never lived in Iceland!

The pool is one of the most remote and hard-to-access geothermal pools in Iceland. It is located deep in the highlands southeast of Landmannalaugar.

To enter the Fjallabak Syðri area, you can take one of six Highland roads. All are difficult roads with rivers to cross or steep mountains to climb. 

One of the most accessible routes is from the Ring Road east of Vík, where you turn north on Hrífunesvegur Nr. 209. 

Just a few kilometers up the road, you turn west on Öldufellsleið F232 mountain road. 

Near Brytalækir, a sign leads west to Mælifell mountain on Mælifellssandur. You drive past the mountain Mælifell over the river Brennivínskvísl and take a turn north on the dirt road to Strútur. 

The whole trip is about 50 kilometers (31 miles) on a rough dirt road that requires a good and well-equipped 4×4 vehicle.

  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Always open, inaccessible during winter
  • Changing rooms: No
  • GPS: 63.874937, -18.944599

Landmannalaugar

Pietro, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Landmannalaugar is situated in Fjallabak Nature Reserves in the highlands of Iceland. It is on the northern end of the popular Laugavegur hiking trail from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk.

It is possible to drive a 4×4 jeep to Landmannalaugar over the summer months along the roads Fjallabaksleið nyrðri (F208) or Dómadalsleið (F225). 

On average, the roads are open between June 25 and September 15. In the winter months, it is impossible to drive to Landmannalaugar in a regular 4×4.

  • Price: Free | Facilities, such as toilet and changing rooms, cost 500 ISK ($3.9)
  • Opening hours: Always open, but mostly not accessible during winter and early summer.
  • Changing rooms: Yes
  • Temperature: 36°C – 40°C (97°F – 104°F)
  • GPS: 63.9830° N, 19.0670° W

Hveravellir

Hveravellir is in the central highlands. It is possible to drive there in any car, but we recommend a 4WD vehicle. 

The hot springs in Hveravellir are both suitable for bathing and not. The area is worth spending some time in so we recommend booking accommodation available there. 

There are many beautiful hiking paths in the area.

To reach Hveravellir, you can drive road F35 from Gullfoss or Blöndudalur in the north.

  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Always open, but inaccessible during winter
  • Changing rooms: No
  • Temperature: 18.3°C – 39.4°C (65°F – 103°F)
  • GPS: 64.8672° N, 19.5456° W

The Best Hot Springs in Iceland: Reykjanes Peninsula

The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland on a clear sunny day

The Blue Lagoon hardly needs an introduction, but we’ll give it one anyway!

It officially opened in 1992 and has become Iceland’s most famous hot spring. 

About a decade earlier, locals had started bathing in the warm blue reservoir formed in the shadows of the Svartsengi geothermal power plant.

It soon became apparent that the silica and other minerals in the water were very beneficial for those with psoriasis. 

Since 1992, the company has grown and now operates everything from a sanatorium, restaurant, and luxury hotel to a research and development center, in addition to the lagoon itself.

This is a highly recommended lagoon to visit on your trip to Iceland!

  • Price: From $65
  • Opening hours: January – May: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm | June: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm | July – August: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm | September: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm | October – December: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

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