Reykjafjarðarlaug Hot Pool is set in the Westfjords region in the mystical island nation of Iceland. Even amongst the plethora of spectacular geothermal pools to choose from in the country, this is a gem. Secluded amongst the fjords, the multiple pools here are a hot spring enthusiast’s dream and are easily accessible from the road.
Like most natural springs, Reykjafjarðarlaug has likely been used for centuries by natives, but it wasn’t until 1975 that the concrete swimming pool was built for bathers. Indicating its beloved status, the entire thing was built by volunteers.
Natural Thermal Pools and Other Activities
While it can be classified as a rustic spring, Reykjafjarðarlaug offers a changing facility–sans restroom–just a few feet away from the 54’ x 33’ concrete swimming pool. Wide-open, sweeping views of treeless, rocky land can be seen from the water.
Walk down a path to the hot spring itself for a more natural setting. Here, a shallow, natural pool with a rocky bottom can also fit several people for a relaxing soak.
Note that the swimming pool is significantly cooler than the natural pool though still warm. It typically clocks in at about 90℉ (32°C) while the latter ranges between 108℉ and 113℉ (42-45°C) and can sometimes get even hotter.
The entire region is an outdoor playground, so if you’re interested in getting out on the water or up the rocks, bring your gear. Kayaking and hiking are popular pastimes here.
It’s a four-hour and forty-five-minute drive from Reykjavik. Take Vesturlandsvegur/Þjóðvegur 1 north. After passing through Bifrӧst and before Hvammur, turn left on Vestfjarðavegur. You will follow this for around 210 miles.
4-5 miles past Flókalundur, take a left on Bíldudalsvegur, and the springs will be on your left, at the end of the fjord, in about 10.5 miles. Prepare for some time on gravel roads, and be sure to check for seasonal road closures.
Address: JGFJ+69R, 466 Reykjarfjörður, Iceland