- GPS: 63.87611, -18.94722
- Hidden hot spring in the highlands of Iceland.
- No changing facilities.
- In the middle of nowhere.
- 4×4 vehicle required
- 1-1,5 hour hike to the hot spring from Strútskála
Iceland is the home to naturally formed hot springs. You can find hot springs all over Iceland. Some of them are completely natural while others have changing facilities and other man made buildings. One of the hidden natural hot springs in Iceland is Strútslaug Hot Spring.
Lush Green Landscape and Strútslaug Hot Spring
A hot spring that is located in the central highlands, Strútslaug Hot Spring is a place for all nature lovers. It makes a perfect way to spend some relaxing time with friends and family, rejuvenating amidst the hot springs overlooking the lush green landscape. Strútslaug, which is also known as Holmsarbotnalaug is located in the southern highlands. It is positioned in between Torfajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers, one of the most famous glaciers in Iceland. The water in this hot spring is fetched from the geothermal glacier river and the hot spring is located on the river bank itself. The pool has an approximate size of 8.5*5 meters, while it has a maximum depth of approximately 50 cm, thus giving you the optimum conditions to have a dip while enjoying the Icelandic highlands too.
The hot spring has been used as a perfect place for bathing for decades but is still untouched and hidden. It is a perfect place for nature lovers, who would want to experience serenity and peace. It is surrounded by Icelandic landscapes. This place is indeed a hidden gem and is not explored by many people, so expect it to be extremely quiet and calming, with no travelers around. But with that fact, it should be noted that there are no changing facilities and thus, you would need to change in an old-fashioned way, in your van or car. There are no local eateries or places to stop by, make sure you have the essentials and other food items with you when traveling to Strútslaug.
The Exact Location and Vehicle for Traveling
To reach Strútslaug Hot Spring, amidst the Icelandic highlands, you would need to travel in a 4×4 vehicle, considering the kind of road you will be traveling upon. This will surely make your ride safe and less tiring. After reaching the nearby place, the nearest road of the Strútslaug Hot Spring, from there you would have to cover the distance to the springs on your own, a long walk amidst the lush green surroundings and glaciers, it will take approximately 1-1,5 hour hike to reach the springs. The hike to reach the hot springs starts from Strútsskáli, which is a small mountain cabin, located in the central highlands.
When you reach the place, you will notice the pools, located by the riverbank, overlooking the mesmerizing landscapes, huge moss, and the grass-covered glacier, indeed breathtaking view! In the end, it is all worth it when you reach the Strútslaug Hot Spring, so rejuvenate and energize your soul with this never-before experience amidst nature.