Guide to Hrunalaug Hot Spring in Iceland
There is only one thing we love more than Iceland’s hot springs, Iceland’s hidden hot springs! With tourism skyrocketing and visitors exploring the land, it is hard to keep anything hidden in the country. Luckily we have a best-kept secret that we are going to share with you. The small and intimate Hrunalaug hot spring is the place to be for an isolated soaking trip. It is also known to be one of the oldest pools in all of Iceland. You will most likely not run into many people here. If you do, it will most likely just be a few others who are seeking the same thing you are, peace.
Where is Hrunalaug Hot Spring?
Hrunalaug hot spring is about an hour and a half drive from Reykjavík, located next to the charming town of Flúðir. You will take road number 344 until you see a sign for Hruni. Continue on the road for two miles and then turn on road 345, continuing towards Hruni. Then you will see a road sign for Sólheimar. Once you do turn towards the sign. Then it is just a short 0.2 miles until you reach the parking lot for Hrunalaug hot spring.
There is obviously no sign since it is a secret. However, you can look for the “No Camping” sign in the parking lot. That is how you know you are in the right place. From there it is a quick two-minute walk to the isolated hot spring.
What to expect
This is a natural hot spring that was found and used by locals for a very long time. The pool is located on private property but you are allowed to use it. The hot spring is an old stone-walled pool that has an even smaller pool next to it. Which provides a few places to soak. From the pool, you can marvel at the bright green mossy landscape that has gorgeous snow-capped mountains in the background.
What To Bring?
Being prepared is the key to a successful day trip. Luckily you do not need too many things when visiting this hot spring, since it is easily accessible. First and foremost, don’t forget your swimsuit and plan to have it on under your clothes. A towel is a must-have because you will be quite cold once you get out of the spring. You could also use a bathing cap so your hair doesn’t get wet. Flip-flops and sandals can be a great option if you don’t want to slide your hiking boots back on just yet.
Also, bring more than enough water. The springs will naturally dehydrate you, so it is essential to refuel your body as you go.
How many people can fit in Hrunalaug?
Since there are two pools, you don’t have to worry about it getting too crowded. The small pool can fit about three to four people comfortably. While the larger pool can fit up to seven people. Even though it is small, there is enough room for everyone and visitors are happy to share with each other.
How Hot Is Hrunalaug?
The spring is the perfect temperature, sitting around 38°C or 100°F. This means it is great for soaking and doesn’t get unbearably hot. You can expect this temperature year round too, making it an immaculate visit during the winter and summer months.
Are there changing rooms?
Since it is on private property, the answer is no. We recommend having your bathing suit underneath your clothing. If you want to change out of your wet clothes after, there is a small building that is the remains of an abandoned shelter. You can use that to block you from the sight of other people bathing while you quickly get changed.
Can you swim in Iceland's hot springs?
While some of Iceland’s hot springs and pools are lukewarm, others are not. You can swim in the lukewarm ones but the hotter ones around 36-40°C/97-104°F, are better for soaking.
Should I shower after hot springs?
Guess what, we recommend that you do not shower after soaking in the hot springs. This is because natural minerals should remain on the skin. Your skin will feel super soft and your body will love you for it.
Can you wear jewelry in hot springs?
No, please do not. Silver jewelry will tarnish in the high sulfur content water, so removing your jewelry before soaking is better for both the jewelry and the spring.
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