Visiting Seljavallalaug Pool In Iceland
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It’s built right on the rocks. The floor of the 82-foot-long pool is covered in slippery algae, which makes standing or walking in the pool rather difficult at times. The weird sensation of the slippery algae is quickly overshadowed by the calming and relaxing feeling, a result from the beautiful and tranquil scenery of cascading waterfalls, and mountains views that surround the pool and it’s all free! Iceland is expensive but there are many sights around the country that are free.
The expense comes in when you talk about getting to them and where to stay in Iceland.This hidden gem is filled with hot spring what from Eyjafjallajokull. If that name looks familiar is because that’s the name of the volcano that erupted in 2010 and sent all the flights in Europe and around the world into a tailspin as the ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano caused flights to be cancelled due to safety.
Also, blame that volcano for a lot of changes in travel insurance coverage too as insurance companies added a clause about cancellations due to natural disasters. Eyjafjallajokull volcano is now covered by an ice cap. Seljavallalaug thermal pool is now a protected site and maintained by volunteers who clean the pool a handful of times a year to ensure it’s free from the ice after winter as well as cleaning the algae from the floor of the pool from time to time.
What to pack for a visit to Seljavallalaug Pool:
There are no other facilities on site by Iceland’s popular Seljavallalaug Pool on a mountainside. Bring your swimsuit obviously. Pack a light towel and some flip-flops. Depending on the season you come, it can sometimes be cold. I have seen some people bring woolly hats into the pool, which are perfect if you are just chilling in the pool and want to keep your head warm while the whole body is dipped in warm water.
Also, pack some snacks, drinks or water as there are no shops or any facilities. Pack some head torches, especially if coming here during the winter months when it gets dark early in the day. There are no lights in the changing rooms or in the surrounding area so you will walk back in darkest if you don’t come prepared, which is not recommended. Also, ensure you come with warm clothes to change into as well as waterproof women’s/men’s jackets too.
The weather in Iceland can change dramatically with not so much warning. We took these pictures in the summer! Some of the terrains can also be slippery, especially when it’s been raining so wear suitable walking shoes. You can find men’s and ladies here.
Seljavallalaug Pool Cost?
It’s Free!!! There is no charge to use Seljavallalaug Pool. No entrance fee required.
Seljavallalaug Pool Opening Hours
Seljavallalaug Pool is open to the public 24/7 but just make sure you bring suitable clothing and torches if heading there int the evening.
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This looks absolutely incredible. I have heard so much about secret hot springs in Iceland. Definitely a must on my trip now!
Also, love your swimsuit!!!
Thanks! Yes, natural hot springs in Iceland are just a treat and Seljavallalaug pool is well worth check out.
Great post Bee. I have been searching for a post with more details on Seljavallalaug swimming pool. We are heading to Iceland and wanted to be able to find this hidden pool on our own as we are on a self guided tour of Iceland. I am not a confident swimmer so I have been searching for posts to find out how deep is seljavallalaug swimming pool. Thanks for the additional tips on how to find it as well as the beautiful photos too.
Hi Bili, I am glad you found the post useful. Yep, the Seljavallalaug hot spring is definitely a must when visiting Iceland. Even better if you are visiting with your own car that way you can stay as long as you like. Also as far as how far is Seljavallalaug from Reykjavik, if you are driving on your own its not too bad a distance. I think we visited the pool a day after arriving in South Iceland. Anyway enjoy your trip to Iceland and safe travels.
Been doing some research into this Iceland’s hidden pool after my friend suggested it to me. It really does seem like a great place to visit, and I greatly enjoyed reading your post, even more so how to get to seljavallalaug pool from Reykjavik, thank you!
You are welcome! Seljavallalaug hot spring is a such a cool place to visit in Iceland and well worth the effort to find it.
Such an amazing place. We are visiting Iceland next summer and are keen to make sure we know how to get to Seljavallalaug pool. I have already downloaded the hot springs Iceland map and one place I dont want to miss out on is Iceland’s hidden pool. Thank you for the detailed post. I hope we can find this place easily.
Yes, this is one not to be missed. I am also keen to head back to Iceland and explore some of the other natural hotsprings Iceland has to offer. Will be heading back soon. Enjoy your trip and I hope you get to enjoy this cool and hidden gem in Iceland.
We are visiting Iceland soon and this is the one place I am super excited about. Wonder what seljavallalaug pool in winter looks like. Do you know is seljavallalaug heated?
Hi Nicky. Not exactly heated but the water is warm as its fed from a hot spring.
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A thermal hot spring in cold Iceland? It is really hidden, I have visited a couple of spots on Iceland and this is just the first time I am hearing of this. I am visiting Iceland in July. I wonder if I can take the seljavallalaug tour in Iceland. This is definitely a must not just for me but also my entire family. Seljavallalaug hella cool. Just wondering how deep is Seljavallalaug as I am visiting with one of my teenage sons.
Hi there, yes this is such an amazing must dos in Iceland. The pool is not that deep. It depends on the height of your son. The shallow end I think is at least 4ft. The deeper end might be close to 6ft.
How relaxing it looks! A beautiful place I’m going dying to visit in Iceland. I have heard that there are so many secret lagoon Iceland has dotted around the country. This is simply amazing and so exciting as I am planning to visit Iceland in November this year. I can’t wait to check out the mountain pool in Iceland
Yes, this is one of those amazing places worth exploring in Iceland. Make sure you don’t leave without visiting this pool in the mountains as well as many other hot springs.
Among the best Iceland geothermal pools that’s free. We really enjoyed visiting the pool for the first hour before a group arrived with no knowledge of iceland hot pool etiquette. Let’s just say that we didn’t stay look after they arrived.
Aww man I am sorry they ruined the experience for you. Hopefully, they got the message and read up on Iceland hot pool etiquette before ruining more experiences for others.
I am so glad I didnt give up on finding this hidden swimming pool in the mountains. Such amazing scenery as you swim. We had this pool to ourselves for about an hour before another couple joined us. Amazing pictures.
It really is one of the best pools in Iceland. I just loved the surroundings too and no crowded like the Blue Lagoon.
Beautiful shots! This is one of the best public swimming pools in Iceland. I missed it on my first visit to Iceland but had to make sure we checked out at least one geothermal pool in Iceland. I love your pictures and the fact that you have details on the Iceland geothermal pools dress code as far as changing rooms and all. One of the best among Iceland hidden pools.
Yep this was really one of my favourite pools in Iceland. Thank you for your comment Betty
I have been trying to find information on hidden pools price or details about the hidden swimming pool cost, your post is the only one on Iceland’s hidden pool that is really detailed as well as informative on how to get to Seljavallalaug pool too. Thanks!
Thank you so much for your comment. I am really glad you have found the post useful.
Thank your for putting together a very details post on how to get to seljavallalaug pool. I have been trying to find a comprehensive post on Iceland’s hidden pool, I have had seljavallalaug my Iceland bucketlist for a long time. Do you know much about Iceland nudity and whether you can swim at seljavallalaug in the nude?
Hi Niecey, I am not usual about whether you would want to do this pool in the nude but as its a publict pool I am sure you might want to steer away from naked Iceland swimming. Its one of the oldest swimming pools in Iceland and one that is popular with tourists and locals. I did mention things to take to the pool so please also include your birthing suit 😛