One of many many delights of Iceland (and a specific favorite of mine) is with the ability to take a dip in a pure scorching pool in the midst of nature.
I’ve already proven you the numerous pure scorching swimming pools within the Westfjords of Iceland and a few pure scorching springs in West Iceland.
However there may be one pool particularly that I’ve intentionally not written about earlier than, and that’s Hrunalaug in Hrunamannahreppur rural district in South Iceland. I didn’t need to draw consideration to it as it’s privately owned. However after studying the current information reviews relating to this pool, I need to let you know a bit of about this pretty gem in nature.
Soaking in scorching swimming pools could be very standard amongst vacationers and locals alike and few issues beat soaking in a beautiful heat pool in the midst of a vivid summer time night time after an extended day of travelling in Iceland. I’ve solely visited Hrunalaug as soon as and won’t go to it once more out of respect for the house owners of the pool.
My images of Hrunalaug had been taken in the midst of a June night time 6 years in the past after a go to to Gjáin and Háifoss waterfall.
Throughout our go to, there have been solely a few different thoughtful travellers within the pool who simply wished to benefit from the serenity of the brilliant summer time night time and the heat of Hrunalaug.
Stress-free in Hrunalaug pool
However then it got here to my consideration that some guests’ behaviour so saddened the house owners of this pretty pool that the house owners had been even at one level considering of destroying it with a bulldozer.
Thoughtless guests had been leaving lots of garbage by the pool, so the house owners needed to often clear it.
And even the rocks within the pool had been rearranged. These rocks had been stacked by the great-grandfather and grandfather of the house owners of Hrunalaug and may by no means be tampered with.
Hrunalaug pool and Laugarlækur creek – the rocks ought to by no means be tampered with
The pool is their non-public property, and so they graciously enable us to take pleasure in it with them. However there are such a lot of guests to the pool that they can’t even take pleasure in soaking in peace of their pool themselves any longer.
So let’s present our appreciation by treating this pretty gem with utter respect. Or higher nonetheless pay a go to to the Secret Lagoon, which is shut by fairly than visiting a non-public pool.
The Secret Lagoon has received an entrance charge, however there you could have showers, a restaurant, and a beautiful clear pool the place you can even go to a geothermal space.
The Secret Lagoon – I’ve written 2 travel-blogs about this pretty pool
I used to be so unhappy after I learn the information article in one in every of our native newspapers again in 2015 that I made a decision to not write a travel-blog about my go to to Hrunalaug in order to not draw consideration to it.
In my travel-blogs about Iceland (that are all in all 280 now), I need to present different travellers pretty spots in Iceland, however I don’t need to have these pretty spots destroyed.
The newest information I examine Hrunalaug was throughout COVID-19 in Might 2020, after the restrictions had been lifted in Iceland. One night time the house owners of Hrunalaug, who stay at Ás farm, woke as much as see their valuable scorching pool on this situation: Mbl. – Hrunalaug!
The article is in Icelandic, however the images communicate for themselves.
Only a few, if any vacationers, got here to Iceland in the course of the restrictions. So that is the work of locals.
The altering room is on this previous shed which was used for bathing sheep – it’s open at one finish although
Empty wine and beer bottles had been left behind throughout the pool for the house owners to choose up.
It breaks my coronary heart to see that individuals who had been introduced up in Iceland, haven’t got sufficient love and respect for their very own nation, however to go away nature on this state.
And these weren’t locals from the fast neighbourhood, however individuals who had pushed for far to go to the pool. So a minimum of the designated drivers had been sober and will have picked up the bottles and trash left behind. The leftover litter crammed two massive baggage!
The parking by Hrunalaug – there may be completely no tenting by the pool
Since this incident, the house owners of Hrunalaug have been contemplating closing the move to the pool at night time.
They usually have determined to shut the pool at night time (from 10 pm) and have a guard by the pool at night time.
I’m fairly positive that these farmers produce other issues to take care of than guarding the pool at night time and frequently selecting up litter across the pool.
The trail resulting in Hrunalaug pool
The house owners need to maintain their household pool open and permit us to take pleasure in it with them. So let’s be part of palms and deal with this little gem of nature with respect. Let’s go away nothing behind however our footsteps.
If you wish to go to some scorching springs in Iceland then I’ve written three travel-blogs about scorching swimming pools:
Have a beautiful time in Iceland and let’s at all times present respect by the pure swimming pools of Iceland!