Lýsuhólslaug is a natural hot pool in on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland. The water, mineral rich and murky green with algae, is heated by the ground to a perfect 37°C to 39°C (98°C to 102°F) and considered to be healthy and healing for the body. No chemicals are added to the water, but it is actually very sanitary and drained every eight days for a thorough cleaning. The two hot tubs and pool are open throughout the summer between 1300 and 2030 hours. As of 2017, adult admission costs 1.000 ISK and 300 ISK for children six to 17 years old. Children under five are free. You can also rent bathing suits, towels, and floating caps. Check Lýsuhólslaug’s facebook page for the most recent pricing information and details.
The green algae flourish in this iron-rich water and natural silica mud. This single-cell organism clings to the walls of the two hot baths and pool, but don’t be discouraged from swimming. Some studies have shown that treatment using the algae, also known as chlorella, can help with the effects of scars on the skin. Micronized chlorella has the extraordinary ability to stimulate the body’s own healing and detox powers. It may also help improve skin problems including psoriasis, rosacea, and general redness. There are also a high number of antioxidants, which may protect the skin from accelerated aging brought on by skin-damaging free radicals and sun exposure.
Lýsuhólslaug, constructed in 1981, is west of Borgarfjörður and east of the Snaefellsjökull Volcano (the setting of Jules Verne’s novel, “Journey to the Center of the Earth”). Nearby, there is a small family business called Lýsuhóll that offers horseback riding and nightly accommodations. Their special riding tours explore some of the most beautiful spots on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. They offer short rides and whole-day trips along beaches (Löngufjörur), mountains (Búðir), and lava fields for riders of all levels of experience. You can even arrange for a stay that lasts many days and enjoy their little cottages and guesthouse with double and single rooms. They aim to breed horses with a good, friendly nature, and have been doing so for many years. View their brochure for more information.