Hiking to Fosslaug Hot Spring & Reykjafoss Waterfall

If you’re planning to go to North Iceland, enjoy waterfalls and hot springs then Fosslaug hot spring and Reykjafoss Waterfall is absolutely worth a stop!  And the good news is it’s not a hike that takes all day.  All of the fabulous details to finding it and hiking to it can be found in this Iceland Wedding Planner blog post today!  Come along and explore with us…

Visiting North Iceland

Slightly under a 5 hour drive you can make it from the capital of Reykjavik to the next largest town in Iceland named, Akureyri.  Located within North Iceland, there are plenty of stops along the way you can checkout during your Iceland self-drive journey.

From waterfalls like Goðafoss, Aldeyjarfoss, interesting formations like Hvítserkur, and caves like Hljóðaklettar, you’ll be in landscape heaven!  Also on the way, you’ll be happy to know Fosslaug hot spring and Reykjafoss Waterfall can be found near here too.

Finding Reykjafoss Waterfall & the Nearby Hot Spring

Next, finding Reykjafoss and Fosslaug can be a tiny bit tricky.  Why?  Because if you just type either one of those names on Google, you’re going to be led down the wrong road.  For example, from Route #1 it will take you down Road #752 (all the way down it).  However THIS IS WRONG!  And when Google says, “you’ve arrived” you’ll notice the local farmer has posted a sign telling you, you’ve gone the wrong way.  As you need to be on the EAST side of the Huseyjarkvisl River (or right side if looking north).  Therefore, how about you follow our fool proof directions instead?

  • Firstly, if doing the drive from Reykjavik you can expect the drive to be approx 3 hours 45 minutes.
  • Secondly, you’ll need to turn RIGHT from Route #1 to Road #752 (also called Skagafjarðarvegur).
  • Thirdly, follow this road for 4.9km (3 miles).
  • Fourthly, turn LEFT when Road #753 comes in to the left (also called Vindheimavegur).
  • Follow this dirt road until you see a sign or gate (like the photo below) which is less than 2km (1.24 miles).
  • Lastly, you’ll find the parking lot!
  • Park here, grab your stuff (swimsuit, towel, etc) and follow the hiking directions to experience Fosslaug!

North Iceland Hot Spring Specs:

  • Distance: ~0.36 miles one way (580 meters).
  • Hike Times:
    • To Reykjafoss Waterfall View Point #1: 5-6 minutes (one way) depending on your pace.
    • To Reykjafoss Waterfall View Point #2 & Fosslaug Hot Spring: 6-12 minutes depending on your pace.
  • Terrain:  Loose rocks, dirt/mud, grass, marsh, bridge and gate.
  • Elevation Gain: 0
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Fosslaug Parking Lot: Google Map (but keep driving straight further back).
  • Best Time to Hike: Late May to mid October.
  • Water Temperature: ~104 °F or 40 °C
  • Note: There are no changing rooms, bathrooms, or trashcans.  Therefore, please LEAVE NO TRACE!


Fosslaug Hiking Directions

Hiking to a Iceland hot spring while on your honeymoon adventure will likely be one of your favorite memories.  And Fosslaug is a perfect one to grab a bottle of bubbles and celebrate in!  For example, follow these step by step directions to find your way there…

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