- GPS: 65.57715, -23.15948
- No Hiking Required – parking lot few meters from the hot spring
- Hidden Gem
- Can be hard to find – follow the GPS coordinates above for the correct location.
- No changing facilities
- No entrance fee
- 38°C / 100°F all year
Iceland is an all-year-round destination that attracts travel enthusiasts, environmentalists, and adventure freaks from all over the world. It is indeed in every traveler’s “must-visit” list. There are infinite reasons to call Iceland – a place of Fire and Ice. The extreme geological contrasts, snow-capped mountains, majestic glaciers, massive human-sized icebergs on the beach, black sand beaches, geysers, steaming lava fields, and roaring waterfalls and all these at one place make Iceland a dream destination for everyone. Now amidst these beautiful locations, you do need something to relax in and what better than spending time and rejuvenating in the hot spring geothermal pools in the Westfjords. When you plan to visit Iceland, do not forget to experience the unique Hellulaug Hot Spring. Let’s dive in and get to know more about this place and what it has for you.
Hidden Gem in The Southern Part of Westfjords:
Though there are uncountable geothermal pools, hot springs present in the main and outskirts of Iceland, few of them make ideal for bathing and swimming, while some are located in the remote area and are still unexplored and away from the tourist radar. One such natural pool is the most recently discovered – Hellulaug Hot Spring, which is in the Westfjords of Iceland, giving you the perfect view of the ocean and Vatnsfjörður fjord. The temperature of the pool is ideal and is constant around – around 100°F (38°C). The pool is approximately 60 cm deep while being 3 to 4 meters in diameter that makes it a perfect place to sit in and bath. You need to go down through a small cliff via the small parking lot that will take you to this nice, clean, and secluded natural bath.
The fact that only a few people and the natives knew that this pool exists, makes it less crowded. It is located by the seaside. And the best thing about Hellulaug Hot Spring is that there is no entrance fee. Yes, unlike other natural geothermal pools, this area is free from such restrictions and anyone can come and take a dip in this warm and delightful pool without worrying about the fee. Though there is no fee to enter the pool, there is a canister near the parking lot in which you can leave some money. This money is directly used for the maintenance of the Hellulaug Hot Spring and the surrounding area. This pool is emptied and cleaned properly regularly and passes the quality standards and requirements for hot pools. Hellulaug Hot Spring doesn’t have private changing facilities and probably you need to change your clothes in your car or make it simple by wearing it underneath your clothes. Apart from this, do not forget to carry a few more clothes as the weather can be extremely cold. Since there is nothing around, try to carry everything on your own, from towels, clothes, to food and hot drinks.
How to Reach Hellulaug Hot Spring
The Hellulaug Hot Spring is located just off the highway and is extremely close to the beach in Vatnsfjörður. It is on the south coast of the Westfjords and if you start driving from Reykjavik, then take Ring Road northbound. Just when you will pass Bifröst, take a left turn on Road 60, which is also called Vestfjarðavegur. This path will take you straight towards the Hellulaug Hot Spring. The road is partially graveled and driving along the fjords needs you to be more cautious as well. But you will surely come across some of the most beautiful and magnificent landscapes in your journey.