One of my absolute favourite things to do in Iceland is tracking down beautiful natural hot springs! And believe me, they can be found literally all around the country. Here I will tell you about my visit to Landbrotalaug hot spring and where to find it.
For me, hot spring hunting is the perfect way to explore the very best of what Iceland has to offer. You’ll drive out of your way and see magnificent views, often you have to hike and lastly, you get to strip down to being completely naked in the nature and dip into a perfectly heated natural pool in the middle of nowhere!
Last weekend we decided to visit the super cosy Landbrotalaug hot spring. We were driving home from a summer house in Stykkishólmur, Snæfellsnes peninsula and is was pretty much right in our driving route.
Basically, here is what you need to know: Landbrotalaug is a SUPER beautiful natural hot spring and the temperature seems to be just perfect year round. One thing to know though is that it is TINY (see photos). It is located around 1 hour & 45 minutes drive from Reykjavik in the direction to Snæfellsnes peninsula.
Where to find Landbrotalaug?
First thing first: Google is your friend. And as of when this is written, the location for Landbrotalaug is marked into Google Maps – And in that case, that should be your best and easiest way to find it. But in my experience many of these natural hot springs around the country seem to be popping in and out of Gmaps. With that being said, I’ll leave a little more detailed instructions here!
Assuming you are driving from Reykjavik, you leave the city heading North, crossing the Hvalfjarðargöng tunnels (small 1000kr fee) and continuing to the town of Borgarnes (which by the way has Bónus and the ÁTVR liquor shops and is perfect for loading up on some snacks or dranks!). When leaving Borgarnes, take a left on the roundabout and head North/West for Snæfellsnes.
In about 25 minutes drive you should see Eldborg – an old volcanic crater (it hasn’t erupted since the settlement age so you are safe to hike and explore it). To get to Landbrotalaug, take a left turn after you have passed Eldborg crater and drive for a few minutes on a dirt road. There you will pass a small abandoned house and in a few more minutes, in approx. 1 hour and 45 minutes after departing from Reykjavik, you will find the parking spot in front of Landbrotalaug – Easy Peasy!
Pro Tip: We actually meant to dip into this pool two years ago when we stayed in the same summerhouse but found it occupied and there were more people waiting! Point: It is really, really small and does only fit 2-3 persons at once. This weekend when we visited, we were super lucky that a super nice Icelandic couple was just leaving and after we bathed for 30 minutes we had 2 more cars arriving.
My best recommendation for this pool is therefore to visit super early or late – Or even in the middle of the night over the Icelandic summer. That way you should be able to enjoy it to the fullest 🙂