The Pool of Gvendur the Good

Next to the hotel you will find The Pool of Gvendur the Good, a geothermal outdoor swimming pool (35°C) and adjacent natural thermal spring (41°C), perfect to relax in after a long day on the road or hiking in the wilderness. This pool was built by the farmers and is owned by the whole community and there for does not belong to hotel guests only. The big pool is emptied and cleaned every Tuesday but the natural warm pools remain open every day.

ATTENTION!  There is no lifeguard at the pool. Please be careful and never let your children out of sight!
CAREFUL! The natural pool can be slippery.

The swimming pool is open all year from 8:00 to 22:00.
Admission fee: 600 ISK
Children 0 – 5 years old: FREE                                
Children 6 – 12 years old: 300 ISK
Credit cards accepted at the hotel reception from May 1st to September 30th.

To take a dip/swim in the big pool and relax in the natural hot spring is a wonderful experience. Just few simple rules to follow and the pools are all yours:
1. Pick up your swimming-suit and towel and go to the pool-house.
2. When inside the pool-house please take of your shoes before you enter the changing rooms.
3. And then: men on the left - because women are always right ;)
4. Go to the showers and remember to leave your towels and shampoo on the shelves next to the showers.
    That is how we can avoid the dressing-rooms becoming all wet.
5. BEFORE putting on your swimming suit it is VERY IMPORTANT to wash your body with soap and rinse with warm water before you go to the pools.
    We will all benefit from that!
6. Be very CAREFUL when entering the Hot Spring because it can be SLIPPERY.
7. REMEBER! Take care of one another, especially children and elderly, there is NO safeguard!
8. ENJOY the experience.

The natural pools

Next to the outdoor swimming pool there is a warm creek with adjacent natural thermal spring (41°C) and another a bit cooler kids pool for splashing about. These pools are both for bathing but first we kindly ask you to take a shower in the pool house and preferably pay;)

Friends of Gvendarlaug

In 2008 a society of the friends of The Pool of Gvendur the Good was founded and works by the same motto as the one taken up in 1928, All for one.


In the grey pool house next to the swimming pool an exhibition on the making of the pool is on display. 

The Medieval Blessed Pool

The main swimmingpool, The Pool of Gvendur the Good, got its name from a medieval geothermal spring to be found on the premises and now a protected archeological site. This medieval pool was blessed by the catholic bishop Gvendur the Good in the 12th century and is believed to have miraculous powers. Luckily some of the holy water from this medieval pool is led into the main swimming pool.
We are sorry but it is not allowed to go into this pool to bath but feel free to dip your hands in and sprinkle some holy water over your eyes, it is believed to improof your eye-sight. Afterwards you might even be able to see some of the hidden people or elves or even trolls that are all over the Strandir area ;)


There is a long history of a swimming pool in Bjarnarfjörður. It all started in 1928 when a group of young men were doing roadwork with hand-tools only. After a strenuous day they watched the vapor from warm brooks and decided that the lukewarm water should be used for bathing. They shoveled out the sides of a brook and by damming the water created a little pool in the middle of a hayfield. 

Later the same year The Swimming Club Grettir was founded here in Bjarnarfjörður. The following year the walls were made in concrete and from 1929 a pool measuring 16x8 meters served its role. When it began to show weakness eyes turned to the farm Klúka and its warm springs. 

The building of this swimming pool started in 1943, financed by Grettir, the local community council and the state. Carrying rocks to fill the ground under the pool and dragging the building material to the location was an enormous strife but voluntary work by the motto of the Swimming club All for one played a big role.

The pool was opened in 1947 and named Gvendarlaug hins góða after a very old bathing pool above it. According to folktales it was inaugurated by ‘the good’ bishop Guðmundur (Gvendur) Arason around 1200 and is now a protected archaeological site.