Reykjadalur Hot Springs, ReykjavikCurrently Open
- Address: Reykjadalur Hot Spring Trailhead, Reykjadalur, Iceland, Reykjavik
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
- Tags: Hiking Trail, Hot Spring, Family And Kids
About Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Reykjavik
‘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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Things to Know Before Visiting Reykjadalur Hot Springs
95% of people who visit Reykjavik include Reykjadalur Hot Springs in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
50.49% of people start their Reykjadalur Hot Springs visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Reykjadalur Hot Springs
92.92% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Reykjadalur Hot Springs
Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Reykjavik Reviews
It could seem like along walk there for some with over 3km..but in no way you should turn until you reach it. River is beautiful and hot...around 40C..there is only a changing cover ...and no other facilities...so come prepared with: 1) large towel 2) swimsuit. Enjoy! hi
The hike to the hot springs from the parking is 3.8 km and around 200 height meters. Path was partly slippery but possible to walk without crampons. The water temperature in the bathing area varies and we found the hottest places the most far up the river. We found a perfect spot 100 meters after the last changing shields. Some spots were even to hot to bath in but there were no problem to move down a bit to find a perfect temperature.
The name hot river is a little misleading. There is a very beautiful walk (about 4 hours round trip) up into the mountains. You'll see some spectacular scenery along the way and if you go right to the end (past the swimming area, about another 500m) there's a beautiful waterfall. All that being said the water really isn't warm enough to swim in, in the area they have for this. Also the wood there is extremely slippery so be careful. There can also be strong winds that roar up the valley and make the hike impossible. There is also snow and ice to contend with in the winter and spring. If you want to play around in water that is really warm then try the little pools near the start of the hike. They aren't very deep but they are at least warm. Just don't go in the boiling mud ones.
Awesome hike to a hot spring river! Trail was hard to find because of heavy snow but we managed. Beautiful views and a cool place to soak. There are no places to change, though, so be prepared for that!
This was our best experience of a 5 day trip to Iceland in December. If you want a free alternative to the Blue Lagoon, this is what I would recommend. The walk from the car park is up hill and can be difficult without nano spikes or crampons due to the ice. Views on the way to the hot springs are fantastic. Once at the river there are small wooden privacy fences, almost like a beach changing area to get changed. The river is very hot at the top and gets colder as it flows down. The temperature is perfect. We visited when it was -12°C and the river did a great job of warming us up. The walk takes 45-60 min from the car park to the river so take plenty of water and some snacks. Don't forget to bring a towel!