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10 Hidden Gems in Iceland Still Unconquered by the Crowds

Hrunalaug hot spring.

Did you know there are hundreds of hidden gems in Iceland? If you are looking for untouched nature, otherworldly hikes, and amazingly beautiful remote corners, this is your destination! 

Iceland is one of the very few countries left in Europe where you can still find so many off-the-beaten spots. Below, we listed the 10 picturesque places in Iceland still unconquered by the crowds, with detailed info on how to visit them. 

Guest post by Igor Vilcec at Epic Iceland

Natural Hot Springs – Hidden Gems in Iceland

There are many famous hot springs in Iceland. You’ve probably heard a lot about Blue Lagoon or Sky Lagoon. They are all artificially made, fancy and expensive places, often very crowded. Authenticity is missing almost completely from these places. Moreover, if you are looking for budget places to visit, none of them will be friendly to your wallet.

Luckily enough, except for the famous touristy hot pools, there are also almost a hundred wild hot springs in Iceland. Most of them are located entirely away from the masses. Yes, they are harder to reach, and they don’t have fancy showers or dressing rooms. But being alone in a wild and remote Icelandic hot spring is surely once in a lifetime experience. 


Hrunalaug is probably one of the most picturesque Icelandic hot springs. It’s located in an abandoned rural area where the only thing you can hear is the bleats from sheep. The surroundings of Hrunalaug are amazingly green in the summer and completely white and covered by snow in winter. In the midst of these is a little wooden shelter that serves as sort of a changing room. 

There are three separate pools, each one with different temperatures. This means you can choose the one which suits you the best. Water is not the cleanest, but hey, that’s part of the adventure! It is pleasantly hot, though. 

Fun fact: this hot spring used to be a place where locals washed their sheep. Luckily, it’s no longer been the case for tens of years already.

Hrunalaug hot spring – one of the hidden gems in Iceland.

Where is Hrunalaug?

Hrunalaug is located next to the small village of Flúðir, quite close to the famous and often very touristy Secret Lagoon. Compared to the lagoon, you will often be alone at Hrunalaug and in beautiful countryside surroundings. It takes just a few minutes of driving from Flúðir by a local road to reach the small, improvised Hrunalaug car park. You may leave…

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