The 10 Best Hot Springs in Iceland

Soaking in a natural hot spring is one of the best ways to enjoy the unique Icelandic nature when you’re out with a campervan from Go Campers. And thanks to its position over the Mid Atlantic Ridge and the resulting geothermal energy bubbling forth from the ground all over the country, there are plenty to discover. Here are 10 of our favourite hot springs to relax in on your trip camping trip around Iceland!

Map with all locations at the end of the article

 

1. Seljavallalaug

63.5656° N, 19.6076° W

The beautiful hot spring of Seljavallalaug is the oldest man-made swimming pool in Iceland and was originally built in 1923 as a place to teach the local Icelanders how to swim. Nestled at the base of Eyjafjallajökull, it has great views up towards the surrounding mountains.

To get to the hot spring, take road 242 (marked Raufarfell) off the main route along the south coast, follow it towards its end where you’ll find a small parking area for cars and campers. From here, walk northeast into the valley for about 30 minutes, and you’ll find it hiding behind a corner. The closest campsites are at Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss.


2. Hellulaug

65.5726° N, 23.1716° W

The Westfjords region is full of wonderful hot springs, dotted throughout the remote peninsulas stretching their way into the ocean. Along the southern coast line of the fjords is where you’ll find Hellulaug, a beautiful natural rock pool right on the edge of the water looking south. At 40 degrees, it’s the perfect temperature to sit in and look out at the gorgeous fjord.

On road 60, you’ll loop around the bottom of the fjord and begin to drive up its western edge. Look out for a small sign indicating where Hellulaug is; if you hit Hotel Flókalundur you’ve gone too far. Behind the hotel is where you’ll find the closest campsite, offering great views and good indoor cooking facilities as well.


3. Pollurinn

65.6491° N, 23.8949° W

Pollurinn is a thermal pool located in the hills of the town Tálknafjörður. You’ll be rubbing shoulders with the locals here, as these pools are a favourite with those in Talknafjordur and the other nearby fjords. Cold winter nights in the pool are especially magical, and the Westfjords are a great place to spy the mystic northern lights or just a spectacular starry sky.

To get there from the town of Tálknafjörður, drive out the other side of town. After a few minutes you’ll find it, just look out for the change rooms. The closest campsite is in Talknafjordur, or across the mountain in Patreksfjörður. 


4. Geosea – The Geothermal Sea Baths

66.0522° N, 17.3620° W

A recent addition to the great array of hot spring spas across the country, you’ll find these Geothermal Sea Baths in the northern hub of Húsavík. The pools have a great view over the frigid northern ocean and the nearby mountains.

Like most of the more organised spas, there is an entry fee (4300 kroner). But as it’s still a new addition to the list of classy spas, it hasn’t been fully discovered by the masses so it’s a great alternative to the Blue Lagoon or the Mývatn Nature Baths.


5. Hörgshlíðarlaug

65.8310° N, 22.6288° W  

Another hot pot in the Westfjords, this small rectangular pool is recognized easily from the road by the green shed. On the shores of Mjóifjörður, it has prime position overlooking the calm waters of the fjord. 

Ask permission before taking a dip at the farm up the road. There is nearby camping at Hólmavík open from the 1st of May until the 9th of September, otherwise the next closest spot is in Ísafjörður. 


6. Grettislaug 

65.8822° N, 19.7365° W

You can find this hot spring up in the northern region. The pool there today was built by the farmer who still lives on the land, Jon Eiriksson, but there has been a hot spring there for quite some time. Grettislaug is named after Grettir, a legendary Viking from the Icelandic Sagas who swam to this spot from the island Drangey across the water to the north and bathed in the spring while he recovered. 

Nowadays there is a campsite there with an indoor kitchen on site as well, and it’s a wonderfully remote spot to spend the evening in a camper. From the ring road, head north from Varmahlíð towards Sauðárkrókur on road 75, and then continue north on road 748.


7. Landmannalaugar

63.9830° N, 19.0670° W

For those lucky enough to be travelling Iceland in a camper van during the summer, the highlands hold the most dramatic and exciting landscapes of the whole country. While they’re only accessible via 4x4 (rent a 4x4 camper from us), if you don’t have the necessary vehicle then don’t worry – you can catch the bus. If you’re doing that, it’s best to leave your camper van at the campsite in Hella.

Landmannalaugar is one of the most famous locations in the highlands, known for its astounding coloured mountains and as either the beginning or end of the 5-day Laugavegur trail. The hot spring here is very big, etched into the ground with the campsite on one side and a lava field on the other. 


8. Reykjadalur – The Hot Spring River

64.0321° N, 21.2156° W

Now incredibly popular with all that travel to Iceland, the hot spring river in the valley Reykjadalur couldn’t be left off this list. A beautiful 1-hour hike beginning from behind Hveragerði takes you up to this beautiful spot, although lately in the summer it has generally been very crowded.

The nearby campsite at Hveragerði will allow you to skip the crowds and head up either very early in the morning or later in the evening; most people will go during the day.


9. Guðrúnarlaug

65.2464° N, 21.8055° W

This beautiful hot spring has historic significance in Iceland, thanks to its ties with Laxdæla Saga. In the story, one of the main characters Gudrun was always said to be bathing in this hot spring, which is why it’s named after her. It was blocked for around 140 years by a landslide and reopened to the public in 2009. 

Take road 60 north out of Búðardalur, heading towards the Westfjords. When you see the turn off for Hotel Edda, take it, as the hot spring lies just above it.


10. Djúpavogskörin

64.6532° N, 14.3421° W

This hot tub is in East Iceland, very close to the town of Djúpivogur. The tub has one of the best views out towards the icy ocean, making you even more grateful for the warm waters.

It’s on the western side of Djúpivogur, right off the ring road. There’s camping in town and a little bit further north in Breiðdalsvík. 


 

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