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You might only need to look at the photos to know why this is one of my favourite hot pots so far in Iceland: the dimensions and setting couldn’t be more perfect.

In a staggeringly beautiful part of the Strandir region surrounded by mountains, rock, and sweeping beaches at once colonised by piles of huge sun and sea bleached driftwood (trees from Siberia, stripped of their branches and colour by the elements and turned into huge identikit logs) and then by stripes of seaweed the colour of lilac, iron ore and gold. You don't need to see them to feel whales out to sea.

The pool is 2 x 6m and about 0.8m deep. It is fed by hoses, hot and cold, which you can use to adjust temperature. It is owned by nearby farmers who make everyone welcome to bathe there as long as they treat it with respect and get permission from the owners if they are at home.

We didn’t even get in - there wasn’t time that day to find the farm, and it was too hot. The boys fished it in their trunks and we tried to lower the temperature by taking the hot hose pipe out and adding the cold hose pipe in but it holds a lot of water.

Apparently there is a donation box on site - we didn't see it or would have donated.

This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.

May be too hot

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