Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Reykjavik
About Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Reykjavik
Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Reykjavik - Address
Address: Reykjadalur Hot Spring Trailhead, Reykjadalur, Iceland
Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
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‘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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Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Reykjavik Reviews - Write a Review
Yeah this place is unbelievable. Very worth the long hike to get there. Don't give up! The water is hot even in the dead of winter and it's a whole river so there are unlimited spots to find your own muscle relaxing sanctuary. This was one of the highlights of our trip and hands down the best hotsprings we went to too out of ten others.
This place is amazing. It's a hike up from the Hot River Cafe in the car park. There are hot springs almost immediately as you start off but it's a long way up the trail until you reach the actual thermal river pools. Once there you will find a few privacy changing areas but folks just get changed anywhere. Don't be surprised to naked bodies! Just a point to note, is that if you move up river slightly from the changing screens you will find the water really really warm. It's still warm further down, like a bath almost, but further up is where boiling and cols converge. When we visited in November 2017 it was below zero and ice quickly formed on the boarding areas and it was slippy. It's free too which is a bonus.
After the steep hours walk it made it all well worth it. Beautiful scenery whilst lounging in the hot spring stream. No other experience can compare to it. A lot of the reviews moan about the changing boards - yes there are basic but in the middle of nowhere what else can you expect? most people just change with a towel wrapped round them anyway. If you want something more luxurious then I'd suggest going to a hot spring where you have to pay. Its a fantastic trek up to the hot springs where you can take lots of pictures with bubbling hot springs. A definite must trip when you visit Iceland!
We started from the parking down the road. After a 1 hour hike through the beautiful mountains and naturally occurring steaming rivers we arrived at the open air spa. We dipped into the water and experienced the zen moment of relaxing in a warm river with the icy cold just out of reach.
If you're in the area this is really worth a visit. Truly magical place and way better than the unnatural places like the blue lagoon. It's quite a hike to get there, expect between 40 minutes to an hour of trekking over some hills depending on your speed, also note there are only walls to hide behind when you are changing, lots/most people change there but if you know you won't be comfortable with that change before you start your hike.
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