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The Hot spring valley

Reykjadalur valley is close to the town of Hveragerði in South Iceland. Reykjadalur Iceland is in one of Iceland’s largest active geothermal areas, Hengill volcano is situated a little to the north.

This is simply magnificent hiking and hot spring bathing country!

Reykjadalur Hot Spring

A hiking trail from the car park not far from Hveragerði will take you 3.5 km through majestic mountain scenery and hot spring areas to the hot river at Reykjadalur. Bathing in the hot river will surely relax and rejuvenate those tired muscles. Rest back in the shallow water and take your time to absorb the spectacular natural vistas which surround you – allow Icelandic nature to work its magic upon you!

There are also shorter hiking trails to the hot river. Why not take a day tour from Reykjavík?
Our Hot Spring Hunt Tour includes a 45 minutes mountain hike up to the Hveradalir Valley. In the place where the hot spring blends with the cold spring you will have the perfect opportunity to bathe in the river. Basking in warm water in a natural river, surrounded by a magnificent landscape is very special. Finally, with memories and photos to treasure, you make your way back to Hveragerði.

Reykjadalur is an interesting and quite descriptive name which is a blend of two words: “reykja”, which means smoke, and “dalur”, meaning valley. With the plumes of steam rising from the earth being visible over long distances it is no wonder that this valley is so named! Nearby Hveragerði is sometimes said to be the hot spring capital of the world.

Where is Reykjadalur located

Reykjadalur can be reached by a 3.5 km trail through the mountains from the car park on the edge of Hveragerði. The little town of Hveragerði is 39.4 km from Reykjavík. The car park at the start of the trail is about 3.0 km from the town center, you just need to follow the road up past the swimming pool and to keep going! Other attractions in the area include Selfoss (14 km) and Þingvellir (58 km).