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The pools are located at the bottom of a canyon, surrounded by basalt rocks and hidden from view. Since the 10th century, the place has been known to the first settlers, and the owners of the Húsafell Hotel thought about how to design the place so that nature around it is minimally affected.
They created small pools made of basalt stones, three in number, with wooden decking and a small trail leading to the pools. Nature is visible from every angle, 360 degrees around you.
A warm spring feeds the pools and the entire area. It’s worth noting the attention to detail, emphasizing that all materials are environmentally friendly, including the benches in the changing room made of horsehair.
There is no bar or restaurant at the pools themselves. Húsafell Hotel has a restaurant, bistro, and a mini market.
Walking is required to reach the pools. The walk includes an English-speaking guide, and the tour takes about two hours with a maximum of 16 participants in a group. Water temperatures range between 30-41 degrees Celsius, with a cold pool at 10 degrees Celsius.
Participants should bring swimwear, warm clothing, rain gear, and walking shoes. The descent to the pools includes 64 steps and is suitable for all ages. Departure is from Húsafell Hotel, and the return is to the hotel.
The location is very close to the OK Glacier, which lost its glacier status in 2019 due to climate change, turning it into a mountain, the first in Iceland to succumb to climate crisis. It is recommended to stay at the nearby Húsafell Hotel.
What else can you do in the area?
Barnafoss Waterfalls, also known as the Children’s Waterfalls, are located about 7 km away, a 9-minute drive on Route 518. The place’s story involves two children who drowned in the water and sank. The waterfalls are powerful and carve through the basalt canyon.
Hraunfossar Waterfalls, also known as the Lava Falls, are a series of waterfalls spread over about a kilometer, part of a spring that bursts from the rock, adjacent to the Children’s Waterfalls. Deildartunguhver, a hot spring with one of the highest flow rates in Europe, around 180 liters per second. It is located about 27 minutes, 31 km away.
The town of Reykholt, the residence of the Icelandic sagas writer and historian Snorri Sturluson. The place has a church and the Snorri Sturluson Museum depicting his life. It is about 22 minutes and 25 km away.
How to get there
About 1 hour and 40 minutes drive from Reykjavik westward towards Borgarnes on Route 1. At the intersection with Route 50, turn right and pass through the town of Reykholt. The road becomes Route 518.
A full refund can be obtained if the card is canceled more than 24 hours from the arrival date. Tours include: an English-speaking guide, transportation to the starting point of the route to the pools and back to Húsafell Hotel, entrance to the pools, and a towel.