Reykjadalur Hot SpringsCurrently Open
- Address: Reykjadalur Hot Spring Trailhead, Reykjadalur, Iceland, Reykjavik
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
- Tags: Hiking Trail, Hot Spring, Family And Kids
Reykjadalur Hot Springs - Review
‘Reykjadalur’ means ‘smoking valley’. 45 kilometres out of Reykjavik, the drive to the hot springs alone makes the trip worth it, taking you past some of Iceland’s beautiful landscape. You’ll find the trailhead from where you must hike to the hot springs. The mountain here, Mt. Hengill, is an extinct volcano. From the parking lot at the trailhead you’ll have to hike for about 3 kilometres, past hot springs, mud pools, waterfalls, canyons and gorges. Expect to see some horse manure on the trail. When you reach a wide swathe of green with lots of steaming hot spots, you’re in the valley proper. It’s a place of green grass, aquamarine blue pools, and sulphurous smells. The bathing spots are all on the river, and the further up you go the hotter the water will get. Try and find a shallow lagoon like area for the best experience. And remember to bring your own picnic.
You have the option of heading further into the valley to reach Klambragil canyon.
Reykjadalur Hot Springs Information
- Stay on the path as there is a real danger of falling into a mud pool.
How To reach Reykjadalur Hot Springs by Public Transport
- Drive to the trailhead then walk up the valley.
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95% of people who visit Reykjavik include Reykjadalur Hot Springs in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
50.81% of people start their Reykjadalur Hot Springs visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Reykjadalur Hot Springs
93.12% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Reykjadalur Hot Springs
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Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Reykjavik Reviews
Totally amazing. The hike is a bit longer than I was expecting (a good thing for me, but probably not for everyone). Getting to the "river" (a small stream, really), it's clear you just find your own spot and hang out. People are pretty respectful and calm. It's kind of like a paradise.
Very unique experience! We spent 2 hours of in the waters. We hiked for an hour before we arrived there. Beautiful scenery on the way to the hot springs thermal river. At the top of the swimming area we found a mud, a small patch. All together it was nice time spent in the nature.
A must do when near Reykjavik. Beautiful hike up to the hot stream. We visited on a wet day but still had a great trip. The bad weather made the landscape even more mystical and probably kept a few visitors away which gave us some room to warm up in the waters. Recommend stopping by the bar after the walk to replenish your strength.
Well worth a visit! We went on a wet and foggy day but made it all the more mythical! 40min walk into the mountains, but great platforms available when you get there to walk around. Only disappointment was no shelter for your gear, and I would have liked the water to be hotter, but can’t really complain..a great day out!
A very unique experience to sit in a warm water river. Definitely worth the hike! There are some stone dams in the river to create some pools in which you can sit. The river banks are covered with wooden decking which is comfortable without ruining the nature experience. You can pick a spot you like, further down the river it gets cooler and cooler. At the beginning of the river (or the part that you can get to) the water is 40 degrees c or maybe even warmer. We found the best spot to be just before the bend in the river but it really depends on how hot you like it. After the bend it gets a lot colder because a stream of cold glacier water flows into the warm river there. There are no toilets at the river so make sure you use the ones next to the parking lot. There are some X shaped walls behind which you can change into your swimsuit. You have to hike about 3,5km from the parking lot to the river. The hike is easy in terms of terrain (just gravel paths, no large rocks), but the hike goes uphill quite a lot. Just take some water with you and take your time to get there. And like every place, stay on the paths and take your trash with you. This place (like other places in Iceland) has been closed before because people destroyed the nature by straying of the paths, so don't ruin everyone's fun ;)
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