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A hot spring in Eyjafjörður, North Iceland
Photo: Screenshot from RÚV.

Tourists Flock to Unmarked Hot Spring in North Iceland

A hot spring near the Vaðlaheiði tunnel in North Iceland has attracted tourists for its natural 30°C baths and picturesque waterfall. Without official signage or facilities, visitors have turned to social media and Google Maps to locate the popular spot.

“Hope it’s OK”

A hot spring near the entrance of the Vaðlaheiði tunnel in North Iceland has become popular among tourists. The spring was created during the construction of the Vaðlaheiði tunnel when workers accidentally drilled into a vein of hot water. This led to the formation of a brook with water at 30°C, which gracefully tumbles off cliffs, creating a picturesque waterfall.

As noted by RÚV, the site lacks official signage or registration with tourism agencies, and there are no facilities for changing; visitors typically drape their clothes over nearby bushes. Despite its popularity, bathers proceed with caution, uncertain of the legality of their bathing activities.

“We just thought: ‘If people have been here, it should be fine, right? We hope it’s OK. Until someone says it’s not, we’ll just keep doing it,” Maria Lauridsen, a Danish tourist, told RÚV yesterday while bathing in the spring.

The spring and the surrounding waterfall have garnered attention on social media. As noted by RÚV, Google Maps is the most effective tool for locating this secluded spot, which attracts tourists for its no-cost, natural bathing experience. The spring serves as the main bathing site, but the waterfall remains a significant draw.

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