4 Best Hot Springs in the Westfjords
Many people who travel to Iceland would like to visit at least one hot spring. Often you might think: “What hot springs can I bathe in?” or “What hot springs should I visit?”. The hot springs in the Westfjords of Iceland are extremely cozy, relaxing and comfortable. Check out the map and descriptions of the four best hot springs in the Westfjords below! Please note: they are located on a private property, so be clean and respectful.
This beautiful hot geothermal pool is located on the beach under a big rock. Lying in this romantic hot pot with a spectacular view over Vatnsfjörður fjord makes it a quite unique experience.
This hot pot is made from loaded rocks and concrete. You cannot see the pot from the road due to the big rock that covers the sign of the hot pot. There is a small parking lot above the hot pot though. This hot pot´s temperature is about 38°c and it is 60 cm deep and can easily fit up to eight persons. The water comes from a well next to the parking lot.
I visited this hot pot in March during Easter and there was nobody around and it was right away one of my favorite spots in Iceland.
Pollurinn in the small village of Tálknafjörður is in the hills near the town. The pool consists of three pots, two shallow ones and one deeper. This pool is very popular among locals and passing by travelers. There are quite good changing facilities on premises that are maintained by the locals in Tálknafjörður. I recommend going in the late afternoon or evening where you can see the orange, pink and yellow colors of the sun when it is set.
Reykjafjarðarlaug is a man-made swimming pool in Reykjafjörður. The pool is not cleaned often (maybe once a year by the men from Bíldudalur) therefore there is often seaweed in the pool, which gives the pool its charming effect. There are changing facilities next to the pool with separate rooms for females and males but there are no showers.
Not everyone knows this but a few steps away from the man-made pool is a natural geothermal sitting pot. This hot pot´s temperature is about 45°c and is 6 meters long and 0,2-0,5m deep.
When laying in the pool you will have a spectacular view over Arnarfjörður fjord.
Krosslaug in Barðaströnd
The swimming pool in Birkimelur is an old pool and nearby is a newly man-made hot spring. This is a place you do not want to miss out on. The view over Breiðafjörður bay is stunning and if you look closely you can see Snæfellsnes peninsula when the sky is clear. You can even see the mighty glacier Snæfellsjökull which was featured in the movie “Journey to the Center of the Earth”.
There are changing facilities for a small entry fee. All of the mentioned hot springs are located in the western Westfjords.
If you are interested in these hot springs, feel free to contact us for more information.
If you choose to visit a hot spring in Iceland, please respect the nature and take your belongings and garbage with you. We want to protect these pools as they are very delicate.
Guðrún Halla Friðjónsdóttir
Posted on February 2017