FossLaug: Icelandic Hot Pot

It took us nearly a week of travelling before we got to a genuine rural hot pot: Fosslaug in Skagafjörður.  Our hosts at Sölvanes (Elin and Magnus) kindly gave us a map and description otherwise we would not have found it.

They told us that the hot pot was built using traditional materials of rock and sod to regulate the flow of hot water from the spring and cold water from the Svarta river.  It is quite unspoilt and ‘in nature’ so for us it was ideal.  You can sit in the hot water (it was 40 degrees +) with the wild river rushing past you and the falls pounding down only 50 metres away – quite an experience!

Here’s a small set of pictures taken on my phone: you can see the hot water bubbling up and Kate enjoying a dip. There’s also a Google Earth picture (with coordinates) of our walk so if you’re ever in north-west Iceland you can find where we went!

Iceland: two northern panoramas

On Friday we drove up to north-west Iceland through beautiful sunshine to stay at a lovely hill farm called Sölvanes. It is located high up in a valley with an expansive outlook to the north down Svartadalur and direct to the Arctic.

Here’s a couple of panoramas: the first one taken driving up to the north coast in the most lovely sunshine we have had in our whole time in Iceland. The second shows our local large waterfall: Reykjafoss. We walked past it on the way to the Foss Laug which is the local ‘hot pot’ for bathing.  This weblink on Icelandic Hot Pots would classify it as rustic or near natural …

I used DoubleTake to stitch together the seven to nine individual images for each picture.