Deildartunguhver is the most powerful hot spring in Europe. It covers the central heating for the nearby towns and villages. Right next to it you can find a greenhouse where its powers are harvested to grow vegetables and fruits. Visit the luxurious Krauma geothermal bathe located on-site. Start planning your next visit to Deildartunguhver today!
Deildartunguhver in Iceland is one of the country’s must-see attractions. Its rising steam pillars can be spotted miles away but once you are close you are greeted with the most amazing bubbling hot pool.
There is a fence around the hot spring to make sure visitors don’t get too close to the power source.
Deildartunguhver provides 180 liters of 100°c (212 F) water per second most of which is used for central heating in the nearby towns and villages.
The hot spring covers the hot water supply for every single settlement within a 65 kilometers (40,3 mi) radius, which includes both Akranes and Borgarnes. The water is reaches its final destination at a temperature of about 80°C or 179°F.
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Deildartunguhver is located in Reykholtsdalur (Smokey Hill Valley). Reykholtsdalur belongs to the beautiful and fertile Borgarfjörður, located only about an hour away from Reykjavík.
GPS coordinates of Deildartunguhver: 64.6636° N, 21.4106° W
Deildartunguhver is best visited with on a self-drive tour or on a guided tour where you will have a knowledgeable guide to tell you all about it. F
inding the hot spring shouldn’t be too difficult as it is situated right off road 50 which takes you around the beautiful Borgarfjörður area.
Driving from Reykjavík to Deildartunguhver will take you north, out from Reykjavík, past the towering Mt. Esja and through the under-sea tunnel of Hvalfjörður. As you are about to pass the bridge to Borgarnes you make a right turn into the valley of Borgarfjörður.
Stay on road 50 until you see the sign for Deildartunguhver and Krauma. The trip as a whole should take about 1,5 hours, but the trail is 104 kilometers (64.6 miles) long.
Guesthouses, B&Bs, Apartments and Farmstays
Hverir, Kleppjarnsreykjum is the closest camping site to Deildartunguhver. The location is both relaxed and fertile and the camping ground itself surrounded by small shrubs.
The facilities include running hot and cold water, jacuzzis, washing machines (500 ISK), tumble dryers (500 ISK), showers, toilets, electricity (1000 ISK), a swimming pool, hiking trails, a restaurant and a playground.
Deildartunguhver is a fantastic sight to visit in any season. In winter there is often frost and snow on the ground.
The smoke from the hot spring creates the most incredible contrast of hot and cold. The road is very rarely closed due to weather but just to be sure to check the road conditions.