Vegavinnubadid hot spring, spelled Vegavinnubaðið in Icelandic, is a hidden pool in the Icelandic Westfjords.
Not many tours with set itineraries will take you directly to the geothermal pool of Vegavinnubadid. Instead, you can take private tours such as the Westjords Tour to Dynjandi Waterfall or the Natural Sightseeing Tour of the Westjords and ask your guide to stop by the hot spring.
If you plan to pass by the hot spring while driving a car and be your own guide, check out the Customizable Self-Drive Tour of the Westfjords and Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
The hot spring is approximately 64.5 miles (104 kilometers) from the Westfjords’ capital, Isafjordur. Due to its remote location, visitors to the area can expect an uncrowded place where they can relax after traveling.
Natural Hot Springs in Iceland and the Westfjords’ Vegavinnubadid
The country is a hotbed for geothermal activities thanks to Iceland’s location between two tectonic plates. Those tectonic plates are the North American and the Eurasian plates, which are slowly pulling apart.
Though fewer and further between than in other parts of the island, the Westfjords has hot springs. Some of the most popular ones include Hellulaug and the Pollurinn Hot Springs. However, if you want to go to a hot spring that’s not crowded, there’s Vegavinnubadid.
Vegavinnubadid is a natural hot spring, and the earth’s interior heats its waters. Like many other pools in Iceland, Vegavinnubadid hot spring is suitable for soaking in, thanks to the local efforts to keep the Icelandic bathing culture.
Not only are Vegavinnubadid and other hot springs in the Westfjords for tourists, but they’re also a staple in the life of the locals.
During your stay in the hot spring, you can also expect a beautiful view of Westfjords’ nature while relaxing.
How to Find Vegavinnubadid Hot Spring?
Vegavinnubadid hot spring may seem hard to find. It’s not on the map and is not easily searchable when you type its name in Google Maps. However, you can locate it through its coordinates, 65.62668 and -22.94984.
The hot spring is around 230 miles (370 kilometers) from the country’s capital, Reykjavik.
From Reykjavik, drive to Route 1 and keep going until you reach Route 60. On your way to the Westfjords, once you get to the town of Budardalur, you need to drive around 96.4 miles along Route 60 until you reach the base of a plateau where the hot spring is located.
From here onward, you need to hike, so make sure you have the hot spring’s coordinates to find it.
The hot spring is also 37.3 miles (60 kilometers) away from the beautiful fishing village of Bildudalur in the Westfjords. Bildudalur has a domestic airport, allowing travelers to visit there via plane easily. From Biduldalur, drive through Route 63 until you reach Route 60, then hike to the hot springs.
Other Westfjords Attractions To See
If you plan to stay several days in the Westfjords region of Iceland, you’ll find that there is no shortage of things you can do while on vacation. From whale watching and arctic fox tours to fishing and hiking, there is no end to what the nature of Westfjords of Iceland offers.
After or before visiting Vegavinnubadid hot spring, there are some nearby attractions you can see, which can take you between one and one and a half hours to reach.
Dynjandi is a magnificent waterfall 28.7 miles (46.3 kilometers) northeast of Vegavinnubadid hot spring. The waterfall, which means “thunderous” due to the sound it creates, is about 328 feet (100 meters) high and up to 196 feet (60 meters) wide.
Another waterfall you can visit is found 28.6 miles (46.1 kilometers) away from the hot spring. Fossfjordur waterfall is a gorgeous waterfall that’s right off the road. From the waterfall, turn north so you can also visit the Abandoned Barn of Fossfjordur, which has picturesque surroundings.
Southwest of the hot springs, around 41.1 miles (66.3 kilometers) away, is a shipwreck beached on Skapadalur valley’s coast. The ship, according to stories, was an old whaling vessel before becoming a fishing vessel. It’s been there since the 1980s.