Top 5 hot springs in Iceland

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 Iceland often called the land of fire and ice, has become known worldwide for its beautiful and unique nature. Iceland is located on a hot spot on earth resulting in a great geothermal activity and therefore we have a lot of natural hot springs and pools here. We picked out our top five hot springs, it was not an easy pick and there are many other beautiful hot springs that are not on this list. Here is our top five! 

Reykjadalur

Reykjadalur “Steam Valley” is located in South Iceland innermost of Hveragerði. It is not far from Reykjavík it takes just about 40 minutes to drive there by car. It is a hiking trail with beautiful scenery and when you are at the top you can bath in natural hot springs. The hike is not that difficult so you should not let that stop you, it takes about 60-90 minutes to walk up there. The hiking trail allows you to enjoy the unique nature that Reykjadalur has to offer. Hiking and relaxing in a natural hot spring… What more can you ask for?

Seljavallalaug

Seljavallalaug was built in 1923 so that makes the pool the oldest swimming pool here in Iceland. In olden days children were taught to swim there. The swimming pool is well hidden in a narrow valley located in the South of Iceland, nearby Eyjafjallajökull. The pool is filled with hot spring water but the temperature is just around 25 degrees. We definitely recommend that you make a stop there. Seljavallalaug is raw and unique and it is safe to say that it is a lifetime experience to go for a swim there.

Grettislaug

Grettislaug is located in North of Iceland in Skagafjörður. Grettislaug is named after Grettir the strong from Saga lore who was said to have bathed in there to get warm after a long swim from the islands of Drangey. Grettislaug is a man-made rock pool built over hot springs and the temperature is about 39°C. There is a small entrance fee and you have access to dressing rooms. Nearby the pool aremoun small café and campsite and some guesthouses.

Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar is an area that is located in the Southern Highlands. Landmannalaugar is one of the most popular hiking areas here in Iceland. The area is known for its extremely beautiful and unique landscape. The hot springs there are open for the public for bathing as they stay warm throughout the summer. The hot springs are just perfect for hikers to bath in after a long and nice hike.

Grjótagjá

Grjótagjá is a small lava cave with geothermal spring inside. It is located in the North of Iceland near Mývatn. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been possible to bath in there since 1970 because of eruptions from 1975 – 1984. The temperature of the water is therefore now too hot. Last few years the temperature of the water has been decreasing, hopefully, it will be ready for bathing sooner than later. Grjótagjá is extremely unique and beautiful – It is definitely worth the stop despite the fact that it is too hot to bathe in.

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Varnir gegn smitsjúkdómum.

Íslenska

Okkur hjá Mountaineers of Iceland er mjög hugað að öryggi og heilsu starfsmanna og viðskiptavina okkar.  Það er okkur mjög mikilvægt að halda öllu hreinu hjá okkur.  Í einu og öllu förum við eftir hreinlætisplani sem er í öryggisáætlun okkar og tilmælum Landlæknis er varðar hreinlæti.

Þar af leiðandi höfum við gripið til þessa ráðstafanna vegna Covid-19 og annarra sambærilegra smitsjúkdóma:

- Áður en sest er upp í faratæki okkar þurfa allir að sótthreinsa á sér hendurnar. Einnig áður en komið er í starfsstöðvar okkar við Langjökul til að klæða sig í viðeigandi fatnað.
- Viðskiptavinir fá allir hrein buff (höfuðklúta) til þess að fyrirbyggja snertingu við hjálma.
- Við reynum eftir bestu getu að tryggja að það sé 2 metrar á milli viðskiptavina. Við biðjum einnig viðskiptavini okkar að virða 2 metra regluna.

Allir snertifletir eru þrifnir nokkrum sinnum á dag og einnig eru gallarnir og hjálmarnir spreyjaðir með hreinsiefni eftir notkun með efni sem heitir Virkon. Það er sótthreinsandi efni og drepur alla sýkla sem það kemst í snertingu við. Buffin og hanskarnir eru svo þrifin í lok dag og einungis notuð einu sinni á dag til að koma í veg fyrir smit.

Enska

We at Mountaineers of Iceland are very concerned about the safety and health of our employees and our customers. It is very important for us to keep everything clean. All in all, we follow a hygiene plan that is in our safety plan and the recommendation of the Medical Director of Health regarding hygiene.
As a result, we have taken these measures for Covid-19 and other comparable infectious diseases:

- Before settling into our vehicles, everyone needs to disinfect their hands. Also before coming to our local offices at Langjökull to dress in appropriate clothing.
- Customers are all given a clean buff (headscarf) to prevent helmet contact.
- We try our best to ensure that it is 2 meters between customers. We also ask our clients to respect the 2-meter rule.

All contact surfaces are cleaned several times a day and also the overalls and helmets are sprayed with detergent after use with a substance called Virkon. It is an antiseptic and kills any germs it comes into contact with. The scarves and gloves are then cleaned at the end of the day and used only once a day to prevent infection.