Quiet, natural hot springs in Iceland
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Apr 21, 2013 2:52 PM Last Post By: adventureproject
Feb 25, 2013 2:06 AM
Quiet, natural hot springs in IcelandI'm looking for quiet, natural hot springs within a radius of, say, 200 km of Reykjavik. I have been to Blue Lagoon before, but am interested in a more natural, less touristy experience.
Any recommendations? I have googled, but have come up short as references to these tend to be part of tours without the location details. We will be driving, but have a standard car so any places only accessible by 4X4's are out.
Feb 25, 2013 6:00 AM
Feb 25, 2013 7:25 AM
3In general people don't want to mention exact locations of nice natural warm springs, because they can so easily be ruined by overuse. The one in Reykjafjordur in the Westfjords, for example, is in a truly remote corner of Iceland, but being right by the main road from Isafjordur to Dynjandifoss meant that with growing tourist traffic it eventually came to get sufficient passing traffic to become overused. The well-known ones at Landmannalaugar and Hvervellir gain at least some protection by being on 4wd roads at locations with permanent wardens. You should also understand that in most cases it has taken some engineering works to make them convenient for bathing.
If you are prepared to walk a couple of hours each way, a factor that is fortunately enough to put off a lot of casual tourists, then how to get to the warm stream in Reykjadalir near Hveragerdi is described in your Lonely Planet Guidebook and shown on this leaflet and map.
Apr 21, 2013 2:52 PM
4There is a hot pools trail in the Western Fjords, perhaps a bit further than the distance you specify but very worth the trip We checked out 8 different style hot pools in that area: http://familyadventureproject.org/2012/08/hot-pools-iceland/ will give you a flavour.
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