Hvammsvík Natural Hot Springs is the ultimate choice for those who want to try the most authentic Icelandic nature experience while having the opportunity to reserve your spot and shower, change and dine in comfort - things that aren't possible near wilderness hot springs.
Hvammsvík is a 1200-acre private estate that offers you complete freedom to explore and experience unspoiled Icelandic nature far away from the city life, hidden in a remote fjord, yet only a 45-minute picturesque drive from Reykjavik. No less than eight natural hot springs of various sizes and temperatures and a steam cave await curious explorers.
Surrounded by the ocean, mountains, and wildlife, these natural hot springs are in harmony with the tides and seasons. Some of the pools will fill up as they are submerged in high tide, giving you an ever-changing experience. Immerse yourself in perfectly warm hot springs all year round on the ocean's edge and recharge naturally!
Hvammsvík is a historic landmark that was first discovered by the Vikings 1000 years ago as recorded in Landnáma, the Icelandic book of settlers dating back to the 11th century. No wonder they chose Hvammsvík, given its incredible landscape, natural harbor, geothermal heat, and wildlife.
The place gives guests an authentic Icelandic nature experience. The area is rich in local wildlife, with over 30 different types of birds that reside in and around Hvammsvik. Wild sheep roam around in the summer, and if lucky, you might spot an Arctic Fox. Quite a few elves are said to reside in the rocks and hills of the nature resort!
At Hvammsvík, eight natural hot springs of varying temperatures, a steam cave, outdoor relaxation areas, and brand-new facilities await you. The building, changing rooms, and pools were inspired by the history of Hvammsvik, which dates back to the 12th century. You can even try out our outdoor changing facilities, where you will shower under the open sky.
Geothermal water flows from a source 1400 meters underground, blending with seawater straight from the Atlantic ocean. The steady stream of this unique blend of water, between pools, over their edges, and back into the ocean ensures optimum water quality and cleanliness.
After a soak in the Hot Springs, we recommend you try some delicious, light dishes inspired by our surroundings at our bistro. The seafood soup is a favorite or our infamous algae/ginger shot!
Hvammsvík offers a wonderful opportunity to see the spectacular northern lights, far from any light pollution in the middle of an uninhabited fjord. The best time to witness the aurora borealis is from October through April.
The following is important information applicable to this tour. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email or phone; we are here to make your tour exceptional!
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Please note that transfer is not included in this tour. Hvammsvík Hot Springs is only a 45 minutes drive from downtown Reykjavík. Hvammsvík Nature Resort & Hot Springs are located in the middle of the Hvalfjörður ( “Whale fjord”), on route 47; please find the location on Google Maps.
All prices are per person. We accept payment by major credit and debit cards with no additional fees. Gratuities are not included.
What is the age limit at Hvammsvík Hot Springs?
The age limit is 12 years old. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a guardian (18 years or older).
What are the opening hours?
Hvammsvik Hot Springs are open daily from 11 am to 10 pm (last entry at 8.30 pm). Restrictions may apply at certain times. These are reflected in the availability of open slots on those days as seen in the booking engine.
What is the temperature of the Hvammsvík Hot Spring pools?
Hvammsvik Hot Springs has eight pools of varying temperatures right by the Atlantic ocean. Water levels of some of our natural pools fluctuate with the tides, and the temperatures of those pools vary greatly between high and low tides. Below is an overview of the expected temperatures of our different pools:
Lounge Pool – 38°C/100°F
Upper Rock Pool – 37°C/98.5°F
Lower Rock Pool – Ocean temperature to 37°C/98.5°F depending on the tides
Ocean Plunge Pool – Ocean temperature
Tidal Pool – Ocean temperature to 35°C/95°F depending on the tides
Old Hot Spring – 40°C/104°F
Upper Beach Pool – 38°C/100°F
Lower Beach Pool – 36°C/97°F
How deep are the Hvammsvík Hot Springs pools?
The deepest area at Hvammsvík Hot Springs is around 1m/3.3ft. However, the area is exposed to the open ocean that varies in depth depending on the tides and can quite unpredictably become quite deep. Therefore utmost caution should be kept in and around the ocean at all times.
Do I need to book tickets to Hvammsvík Hot Springs in advance?
Yes, you need to purchase a ticket in advance via our website. You cannot enter the Hvammsvík estate grounds without a pre-booking, so please check availability and book before you stop by.
Do I need to print out my e-ticket?
You are welcome to if you want, but you can also show your e-ticket on your mobile device.
What happens if I arrive late?
We cannot guarantee entry if you arrive at a time different from your booking. There is limited availability at Hvammsvík Hot Springs at each point in time to ensure a unique and authentic experience for our guests. Tickets do, however, have a one-hour window of flexibility around the reserved entry time.
How long can I stay at Hvammsvík Hot Springs?
At Hvammsvík Hot Springs, we offer you to stay as long as you like after entry. Just make sure to stay hydrated! When you feel that it is time to exit the pools, you can continue to enjoy the location and surroundings at our Bar & Eatery while enjoying a warm seafood soup and other refreshments.
Are Hvammsvík Hot Springs open and accessible all year round?
Icelandic weather is notoriously unpredictable. Hvammsvik Hot Springs stays open as long as the roads leading you to us are open. But it does happen on occasions that The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration closes roads due to bad weather or severe weather forecasts. Information on road closures in and around Hvammsvík can be found here. If we foresee closures, we will do our best to contact guests with bookings on those dates and reschedule as possible.
Are there gender-neutral changing facilities available?
All guests are welcome at Hvammsvík Hot Springs regardless of their gender identity. At this time, we have female and male-gendered change rooms and shower facilities. Guests are free to choose the changing room they feel most comfortable using.
If you require a more private changing area, please alert a staff member at the reception, and they will go through the options we can offer. There is a private area in the changing rooms that can be used to change in, and in the shower facilities, there are some shower cubicles with doors.
Is swimwear required at Hvammsvik Hot Springs?
Guests at Hvammsvík Hot Springs must wear swimwear in and around the pools at all times, including the steam room. If you forgot to pack your swimwear – don’t worry; we’ve got you covered, as you can rent swimwear at our reception.
Do you provide towels and swim shoes?
You can rent a towel at Hvammsvík Hot Springs. We also offer swim shoes for rent if you prefer to use them when navigating the different surfaces of Hvammsvík Hot Springs. As the hot springs are in a completely natural setting, sharp and slippery edges can be on the rocks, paths, and beaches. You can add a towel and/or swim shoe rental to your ticket as you book or request it at reception as you check-in.
Are there rocky or dangerous areas on site?
Hvammsvík Hot Springs are situated right on the natural shore, with some of our pools stretching into the ocean and even filling up ocean water on high tides. There can be sharp edges and slippery patches on the paths, beach, and rocks in and around the pools.
The ocean is cold, and the hot springs can be very hot, so it is important to be careful and assess the surroundings at all times. You enter the ocean at your own risk, and care should be taken at Hvammsvik Hot Springs if you are not in full health.
I have a health condition. Is it safe for me to visit Hvammsvík Hot Springs?
The pools at Hvammsvík Hot Springs vary greatly in temperature, ranging from near-cold ocean temperature to geothermal warmth. Being situated right on the natural shoreline, there can both be sharp edges and slippery patches on the beach, paths, and rocks in and around the pools. Extreme care should be taken if not in full health. In case of doubt about whether your condition allows for a visit to Hvammsvík Hot Springs, always ask for your doctor’s opinion.