Hot Spring Hike

Hot spring hiking to the famous valley of Reykjadalur

Hot spring hike Iceland – Hiking in the Reykjadalur valley

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  • Availability: All year

  • Duration: 3-4hrs, 6hrs with pick-up from Reykjavik

  • Level: Moderate

  • Meeting place: (without pick-up): N1 tank station, Hveragerdi, Iceland

  • Pick-up time: ca. 1hr before tour start from Reykjavik

  • Clothes: Warm clothes (waterproof cloths) and good footwear (for hiking). Bathing suit, Towel.

  • Age limit: 10 years

  • Included: Hiking tour with professional guidance in beautiful landscape.

  • NB. Remember to bring food and drink with you. Bathing suit and towel for the hot spring.

Experience a true volcano landscape with a hot spring hike in Iceland

Join our professionally guided tour to the valley of Reykjadalur, where you will experience the Icelandic nature on an exciting hot spring hike.

This is a 7 kilometers long scenic hot spring hike in Iceland. On this hiking trail you will experience the unique geothermal area of Hengill volcano. You will hike to the wonderful valley of Reykjadalur, where you will see steam coming up from the ground and experience bubbling natural hot pools and hot springs everywhere. You will experience very unusual sights that reminds us of the humongous powers of nature. At the end of the hiking trail, you will have the chance to relax in the natural hot springs which is an incredible and pleasant experience! Remember to take a towel and a bathing suit with you on the hike.

If you have chosen to be picked up, we will pick you up from your chosen pickup location in Reykjavik. Pickup can last up to half an hour, so your patience is greatly appreciated.

If you are meeting us on location, then the meeting point is at the N1 Gas Station in Hveragerdi town. Meet on location time: If you have chosen to meet us on location please be ready at the meeting place 20 minutes before tour start.

Once we have gathered everyone together, we head off toward Reykjadalur Hot Spring area. On the way, we’ll stop at a bakery to buy lunch to bring with us if needed. Reykjadalur Valley is 45 minutes away from Reykjavik and in the vicinity of Hveragerði Town. The name of the valley translates as “the Steam Valley.” As soon as you arrive, you’ll understand the chosen name for the valley! Everywhere the steam is rising up from the hot pots, moss-covered hills and mountains. It is unique and different to experience this.

Reykjadalur Valley is part of the Hengill Volcano geothermal area. Even though the volcano is inactive, the area itself is still very active and home to bubbling hot pots filled with minerals. 

A wide trail with a steady slope leads you up to the green valley. The hike is around 2.4 mi (3.88 km) one way and takes you through the Djúpagil Canyon, where you’ll see a stunning waterfall cascade.

Towards the end of the hike, you’ll find wooden paths around the hot springs and semi-private changing stalls. Here you can choose to take a dip in the mineral-rich azure waters of the Reykjadalur Hot Spring Thermal River! This is a relaxing and well reserved brake in the natural hot springs. Keep in mind that the farther up you hike, the hotter the spring will be. The most suitable bathing areas are encircled by wooden docks.

After lunch we’ll hike down Reykjadalur Steam Valley. The views on the descent are equally charming, so make sure you have your camera with you at all times!

We’ll depart Reykjadalur at around 2:30 p.m. We should be back in Reykjavik by 3:15 p.m.

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This tour is not offered in 2022!


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  • Meeting Point: 
    (without pick-up): N1 tank station, Hveragerdi, Iceland

  • Pick-up: ca. 1hr before tour start, from Reykjavik

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