Built in 1954 by locals, Krossnaslaug Pool is situated in Norðurfjörður Fjord, near the Arctic Circle in the western fjords. The pool is fed by a hot spring, a rare feature in this geologically ancient and secluded area, untouched by the central Atlantic ridge that traverses Iceland.
Located in a remote area, the nearest settlement is approximately 100 km away, making it a unique and tranquil destination.
Facilities: The pool provides clean restrooms and showers, and entry to the showers is mandatory before entering the pool. Visitors must bring their own towels.
- Dubbed the “Infinity Pool,” Krossnaslaug offers breathtaking panoramic views.
- From the pool, one can spot humpback whales swimming in the ocean.
- The region is rich in birdlife, seals, and marine wildlife due to its almost complete isolation from human activity, pollution, and noise.
Access to the pool is at the end of a long dirt road from the small village of Hólmavík, approximately 90 km away.
Activities in the Area:
- Enjoy a stop at the excellent Kaffi Norðurfjörður café for authentic Icelandic cuisine due to the long journey.
- Explore the least populated town in the western fjords, Djupavik, with its deserted walking trails and a waterfall behind an abandoned factory. The cliffs near the town are inhabited by seabirds.
- Djupavik is home to the Rinng Factory, which operated from 1917 to 1954. The site now houses a museum and a hotel, considered the most secluded in Europe. The museum is open only during the summer months.
Directions: From Akureyri, head west on Route 1, turn right onto Route 68, then turn right onto Route 61. Continue until you reach Route 643, an unpaved, stunning, albeit somewhat intimidating road. After passing Holmavik, drive approximately 90 km to reach the pool.
Opening Hours: The pool is open year-round, although it may be inaccessible during winter months due to snow. Visitors typically travel to the pool from mid-May to the end of August.
Admission: The entrance fee is 250 ISK per person, usually left in a wooden donation box.