Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Reykjavik
Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Reykjavik - Address
Address: Reykjadalur Hot Spring Trailhead, Reykjadalur, Iceland
Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
Timings: 24-hrs Details
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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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Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Reykjavik Reviews
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!
if you're here in the winter make sure to bring micro-spikes! Lots of other people on the trail had a rough time because it gets very icy. However a beautiful moderate hike with nice views and an amazing natural wonder at the end the river is incredible
Was there on last day in Iceland. Easy hike to bath place - worth to visit. There is a lot to see while walking to it (small waterfalls, boiling water pots, steamy fields). At the end of hike you will find shelter for clothes change. Just have in mind - as far before current off river, as hotter water will be.
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.