Gunnuhver Hot Springs, Grindavik

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Witness the unusual landscape of Iceland with its volcanic rock, boiling mud pools, and steam vents at Gunnuhver Hot Springs. The highly active geothermal area was named after the legend of an angry witch named Gunna, whose spirit was trapped in the hot springs by a local pastor 400 years ago. The ghost story and the strong sulfur vapor add to the eerie atmosphere of the place. See the largest mud pool in Iceland, 20 m (65 ft) in diameter, boiling vigorously along its rims. Follow the signs, and stick to the paths. Note that the smell of sulfur can be overwhelming. Amenities include a small rest area and limited toilet facilities. Plan your visit to Gunnuhver Hot Springs and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Grindavik trip builder app .
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  • Visited in January. Near a lighthouse, geothermal power plant, coastal overlook and a "Bridge Between the Continents." We got lucky and went on a somewhat cold but sunny day with moderate winds, so it...  more »
  • If you want to see amazing geysers, perhaps it is not the best place, however, it is worthwhile to shop around if you're visiting the whole area, especially the lighthouse which is located a few kilometers from here.
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  • Spent an hour or so here as part of a full days tour of the area. Usual overpriced gift shop and restaurant complex. Found the actual hot springs interesting to observe especially the larger spring th...  more »
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  • Interesting site. If you feel the ground it's warm. Worth a visit
  • Cool place to visit. Smells 100% like sulfur (rotten eggs), but makes for some unique photos.
  • Gunnuhver Hot Springs is a site to visit. I found it much more interesting then Geysir. The vents here are continuously blowing steam and some hot water. The landscape is spectacular and if you visit you do not have to contend with hordes of tourists!
  • Wow a geyser that erupts every few minutes, lots of steaming pools and it's all free. Even the car parking is free, something unheard of in the UK.
  • A must see! It's minutes away from the airport and I stopped on my way to return my rental car. It was so worth it. The steam vents are impressive, the apocalyptic looking sulfur covered landscape just leaves you speechless.

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