Iceland is known for its scenic landscapes, volcanic activity and medicinal baths that vary in shapes and sizes. Most tourist who want to travel through the Golden circle often target the big boys such as Fontana and Blue lagoon geothermal hot springs. However, for those that value their privacy and have a streak of adventure in them, there are still many different options to explore, one such location is Landbrotalaug.
This is a hot pot that is in a random field by a little pond behind an abandoned farm. The spring itself is located at Snaefellsnes which is the peninsula north of Reykjavik. By car, it’s about 2 hours to the center of Snaefellsnes Peninsula. To the hot pot, it will probably take like an hour. Coming from Reykjavik the ride should take approximately 2 hours.The best part about Landbrotalaug Hot Pot is that there is a website that has the GPS coordinates posted (GPS: N64°49.933 W22°19.110). Basically, if you are driving from Reykjavik towards Snaefellsnes, you will pass Eldborg Crater (on your left). There is literally one main road, so you won’t get lost. After you’ve passed the crater, you’ll see an abandoned farm house up on a hill (Skalg). There’s a road/driveway right before Skalg. Turn left onto that road. You’ll follow the road up and around, past the farm and back into the middle of a field. Once you get a few minutes back into the middle of nowhere, you will see a small sign indicating “Heit Laug Hot Spring”. If you’re lucky, you will be the only car there. Go ahead and park and walk on out to the small pond. Please take caution when crossing the pond. The rock walkway is slippery and moss covered, so you could easily slip and cut yourself. Walking around is probably smarter although for the thrill seekers this might not be an interesting way to explore the pond.
There are two “hot pots” at the pond. Both are on the other side of the pond, so you will either have to walk all the way around or across. One of the hot pots is fed by a pipe where warm water shoots down into a very shallow but larger pool. You could probably fit in a bunch of people in there but you wouldn’t be very covered. If you look towards one end of the pond, you will see a few rocks that look like a makeshift walkway across the pond. If you follow the rocks with your eyes, you’ll see a makeshift rock wall. Behind that rock wall is the mother-load hot pot. It’s small and can just fit two people (maybe 3 if you push it). It’s deeper though and you will be in water up to your neck. It’s also the warmer of the two hot pots here.Landbrotalaug is the best free natural hot pool you can visit in winter in southwest Iceland. It consists of two small intimate pools that can fit no more than a couple of people in each one. People usually skinny dip here so the golden rule is that if you see a car parked, respect people’s privacy and wait until they are finished before you take your turn. The heat in the pool is approximate 44°C and it is just heavenly to chill out in the hot waters when you are surrounded by miles and miles of snow and ice.If you visit the pool at night , you can enjoy a cold beer as the warm water soaks up your skin .From here you can watch the Northern Lights and enjoy the beauty of Iceland first-hand.
- If you’re coming from Reykjavik, after passing the Eldborg crater on road 54, turn into the dirt road with the sign Stóra Hraun and follow the path to the parking lot
- Google Co-ordinates that we followed to get there – N64 49.923 W22 19.130
- Bring a bag for your clothes and large towel, make sure there’s something heavy in the bag so it doesn’t fly away
- 4×4 or normal car: You can still get there with a regular car
- Opening hours: It is open throughout the day
- Lifeguard: There is no need for a lifeguard
- Prices: It’s free of charge.
- Parking: Parking is free.
- Visit with children: The site is family oriented it is possible to take children although due to its size it can only fit 2 to 3 people.
- Changing rooms: There are no changing rooms in the area.
- Showers and toilets: There are no showers and toilets.