Are you planning a trip to Iceland and looking for a truly unforgettable experience? Look no further than Lýsuhólslaug Geothermal Pool. Lýsuhólslaug is a popular hot spring located in the western region of Iceland. Sitting near the town of Hólmavík, the pool offers visitors the opportunity to bathe in naturally heated geothermal water while enjoying stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
Coordinates: 64° 50.483’N, 23° 12.839’W
Lýsuhólslaug Geothermal Pool is approximately a 4.5-hour drive from Reykjavik. To get there, you'll need to follow the Ring Road (Route 1) from Reykjavik north and then turn onto Route 60 towards Hólmavík.
The scenic drive guides you through picturesque landscapes, including mountains, valleys, and waterfalls. Along the way, there are several small towns and villages where you can stop for a bite to eat or to stretch your legs.
Located in the Snæfellsnes peninsula, we’d recommend stopping at some of Iceland's most iconic natural landmarks whilst you’re in the area. You may wish to walk across the black sand beach of Djúpalónssandur, visit the picturesque village of Arnarstapi, or photograph the stunning Kirkjufell mountain.
Take a look at our top-rated Snæfellsnes Peninsula small group tours and get inspired for your next trip.
Lýsuhólslaug dates back to the 1940s when a local farmer discovered the natural hot spring on his land. Recognizing the potential of the spring, the farmer built a small pool around it in an attempt to encourage visitors to use it recreationally. Decades since the pool has been expanded and modernized to accommodate visitors from across the globe. Now a popular attraction, this is the ideal hotspot for those looking to experience Iceland’s magical outdoors.
One of the unique features of Lýsuhólslaug is the quality of its geothermal water. The water in the pool is naturally heated by the Earth’s geothermal activity to a perfect temperature ranging between 37°C to 39°C. The pool is also rich in minerals, such as sulfur, silica and magnesium, all of which are believed to have therapeutic properties helping to alleviate various ailments.
The chlorella algae in the pool makes the water green, and no chemicals, such as chlorine, are added to the water.
Thanks to the calming nature of Lýsuhólslaug, visitors often leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after a long soak in its mineral-rich waters.
Aside from the hot spring, Lýsuhólslaug also has a steamy sauna and a cold water tub for visitors to enjoy. Traditional Icelandic ‘hot-cold’ therapy involves alternating between hot and cold temperatures to stimulate the body’s circulation. Some people use this form of therapy to relieve joint pain, as the process can help reduce any inflammation and swelling. Visitors can warm up in the sauna before taking a plunge in the cold water tub, which can bring many health benefits!
There is a wide range of on-site facilities at Lýsuhólslaug, including changing rooms, showers and a café. Serving snacks and beverages, this is the perfect spot to unwind after a soak in the bubbling pool.
During the summer (June-Mid August), the pool has a set opening time of 11:00-21:00 every day. During the winter, the pool is used by students at the local school. When weather permits, the pool often opens during weekends to visitors, with opening hours published on their Facebook page.
Here are the admission fees for the geothermal pool as of 2022. Please check the official Lýsuhólslaug website for updates.
Get in touch with the team at Arctic Adventures if you wish to learn more about visiting the beautiful attractions in the Snæfellsnes peninsula region of Iceland.