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A small hot spring in Iceland with a small turf house next to it. The Hrunalaug Hot Spring.

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 need to rent a car (book a small car or a family car) and take road number 344 until you see a sign for Hruni. 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. Once you spot the direction marker for Sólheimar, drive a short 0.2 miles and you will find the parking area for the secret Hrunalaug Iceland hot spring.

Keep an eye out for the "No Camping" sign to be sure you're in the right place. It's just two minutes on foot to get to the tranquil 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.

An ancient stone enclosure houses a larger body of water with a smaller basin nearby. 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.

Person relaxing in a hot spring pool in Hrunalaug, Iceland

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.

Aerial view of Hrunalaug hot spring near Fludir in Iceland

How Hot Is Hrunalaug Iceland?

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.

A small hot spring in Iceland with snow all around it

Frequently Asked Questions

To answer any remaining queries, here are some frequently asked questions about hrunalaug hot spring in Iceland

Where is Hrunalaug Hot Spring located in Iceland?

Hrunalaug Hot Spring is near the town of Flúðir in South Iceland.

What is the temperature of the water in Hrunalaug Hot Spring?

The water temperature typically hovers around a comfortable 38-40°C (100-104°F).

Is Hrunalaug Hot Spring open year-round?

Yes, the hot spring is accessible all year, but accessibility may vary depending on weather conditions.

Can I visit Hrunalaug Hot Spring for free?

Yes, Hrunalaug Hot Spring is free to use, but donations for maintenance are highly appreciated.

Is there any accommodation near Hrunalaug Hot Spring?

Yes, there are numerous accommodation options available in the nearby town of Flúðir.

How many people can Hrunalaug Hot Spring accommodate?

The hot spring can comfortably accommodate about 10 people at a time.

How do I get to Hrunalaug Hot Spring from Reykjavik?

It's about a 1.5-hour drive from Reykjavik to Hrunalaug, near the town of Flúðir.

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