Krossneslaug - Krossnes geothermal pool

  • Krossneslaug natural pool is one of Iceland's most interesting and unique destinations.


There are many natural pools in Iceland. Pools were hot or boiling water comes from the ground and is blended with cold spring water before it is streamed into the pool. Sometimes the pools are in natural surroundings, like Landmannalaugar and Strútslaug in the Highland, and sometimes we build nice swimming pools and hot tubs. This natural pool at Krossnes by Strandir in the West Fjords peninsula is one of the most interesting pools we have in Iceland .  It is located in a remote place; the surrounding area is stunning with mountains on one side and the ocean on the other side.  The pool and dressing rooms are well maintained; there are showers that allow for a long shower, and the whole experience is jus a joy up there near the arctic circle. Although rare, it is sometimes possible to spot whales from the pool swimming by in the ocean.

Krossneslaug and the drive to Norðurfjörður

The geothermal pool at Krossnes on Strandir is located a bit north of the fjord Norðurfjörður on the east side of West Fjords near the Arctic Circle. The pool is one of Iceland's most interesting and unique destinations. It is a very peaceful and relaxing area with beautiful landscape. The drive is a rather long and challenging drive, and the gravel road 643 is both difficult and at some points a bit scary. It is a 90-kilometer drive from the small village of Hólmavík and Road 61. Unfortunately, you need to drive the same road back since there is no possibility of a Ring Road option here.  From the middle of May until the end of August it is accessible by most cars, small and large and anyone can drive this road, but caution is needed, expecially if you find yourself in a dark fog. But if you get a clear day the whole drive is quite scenic by the beautiful coast, through stunning fjords and threatening mountains consistently towering over your car.    But if you want something remote, exotic and different, Krossneslaug is the place. The pool is, of course, very relaxing and drains the stress after your drive and also prepares you emotionally for the drive back.

A two or three day stop in Norðurfjörður is recommended

If you choose to take this challenge, you should consider a day or two in the area.  It offers exciting hiking trails and beautiful landscape.  It is a challenging place for photographers with its stacks and pillars by the shore and incredible mountains and valleys.  It is a paradise for birdwatchers with a large variety of species. There is a convenient accommodation available at Urðatindur and a good campsite. You can even dine at a nice restaurant and get some good Icelandic food at Kaffi Norðurfjörður.  

Read this important article written by a local expert before you choose a car.

Below is the location of Krossneslaug on the map of Iceland