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’ 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.
- Stay on the path as there is a real danger of falling into a mud pool.
- Drive to the trailhead then walk up the valley.
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48.2% of people who visit Reykjavik include Reykjadalur Hot Springs in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
49.01% of people start their Reykjadalur Hot Springs visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Reykjadalur Hot Springs
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Reykjadalur Hot Springs
Great hike and an amazing swim. We went the second weekend in November and the weather was perfect. A little chilly, but the water felt great. It looks like they've been doing a lot of work on the trails and they're in great condition.
The view is super nice and it was a great hiking experience. Sadly, we didn’t reach the river as it’s super rainy and windy, plus the road is quite icy and we started at 14h30. Would like to try another time if travel schedule is allowed. Recommend to depart earlier if the weather condition is not good!
The BEST thing we did in Iceland. Go 2 hours before sunset if you don’t mind walking down at dusk. It’s gorgeous and the crowds thin out a bit the later you go. It’s not hot hot water, but it’s warm and comfortable. Absolutely a once in a lifetime experience.
Incredible. We got there first thing in the morning and the 45-60 minute hike out was ice and snow but it made the reward so worth it. The water gets hotter the further up the river you go. Remember to leave no trace and respect the clean mineral waters as well as the foliage and moss around the springs. We will definitely come back to visit these gracious hot springs another time. As hot springs lovers who enjoy solitude, this was one of the best things in Iceland my wife and I did.
This was an experience of a lifetime. The hike was magnificent and challenging- I’d advise checking the weather for “gale force winds” as this made it a bit scary. Getting into the river though was worth every step of the hike up!