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Hot Spring in the middle of nowhere
The Iceland Canyon Baths provide a wonderful and remote setting in the Highlands of Iceland. Enjoy the views while relaxing in a hot spring.
✅ Local, English-speaking guide
✅ Transport to and from Hotel Húsafell
✅ Entrance to the Giljaböð hot springs
✅ Entrance to swimming complex at Hotel Húsafell
Available: All year.
Duration: 2 hours.
Meeting Point: Hotel Húsafell – west Iceland.
Level: Easy – This hike is rated as easy and is appropriate for all skill levels.
Group size: Maximum 20 people.
Minimum Age: 5 years.
Departure: 10.00 / 13.00 / 15.00
There is no experience more authentically Icelandic than hiking through the surreal landscapes of the highlands followed by a relaxing soak in a geothermal pool.
The Húsafell locals who undertook the Canyon Baths project went to great lengths to keep the entire structure as environmentally unobtrusive, sustainable and true to the area’s heritage as possible. In the Iceland Canyon baths, you can choose from three geothermal pools of varying temperatures, 30-41°C (86-105°F), plus a cold-water spring at 10°C (50°F). Each pool is with a spectacular view of the surrounding canyon, mountains and glaciers.
The baths are hot-spring fed pools designed to blend into the environment. The baths are constructed from locally sourced, natural materials like flagstone from the canyon floor. To create the baths, an age-old methods were used, similar to the one used to create Snorralaug hot spring, a heritage site pool dating back to the 10th century. The on-site bathhouse is made from salvaged timbers from the area. Even the hooks in the changing room are horseshoes from a nearby family farm.
On the hiking tour you will be led by a knowledgeable local guide in English. The tour begins with a short ride from Hotel Húsafell to the trail head in the remote Icelandic Highlands. On this 2-hour tour we will enjoy a relaxed walk among natural wonders not found in many guidebooks. Sightings on the walk include the spectacular two-tiered waterfall Langifoss. We’ll also learn about Iceland’s renewable energy practices, cross an icy stream of glacial melt water and see the site to Okjökull, Iceland’s first glacier claimed by climate change.
The highlight of the excursion is a serene soak in the recently completed Iceland Canyon Baths. The canyon baths are a surreal hot spring paradise that has to be seen to be believed. Enjoy half an hour of relaxing, recharging and breathing in the pure Icelandic air before heading back to Hotel Húsafell, where you can, if you choose, explore the swimming complex.
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