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Hot Spring Hunt

Hiking & Hot Springs in Iceland

A scenic hiking tour to the Reykjadalur valley that reveals plumes of steam, bubbling natural hot pools and trickling thermal creeks!

A scenic hiking tour to the Reykjadalur valley that reveals plumes of steam, bubbling natural hot pools and trickling thermal creeks!

Hiking Hot-Spring
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This guided hiking trip takes you on a hike to the hot springs in Reykjadalur. On this 7km hiking trail you will experience the unique geothermal area of Hengill volcano. At the end of the trail you will have the chance to relax in the natural hot springs which is an incredible experience!

  • Availability

    Apr. - Sept.

  • Duration

    3 / 6 Hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level


  • Pickup


  • Meet on location


  • Min. Age

    10 years

  • Ratio


  • Departs from


  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    12.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Reykjadalur, the Hot Springs Valley
Hellisheidi Mountain Range
Bathe in a Naturally Hot River
Hiking Tour to Reykjadalur
Local Guide
Bathing in a Hot River

Your tour of the Hengill Volcano geothermal area and Reykjadalur Steam Valley will begin at either 8 a.m. 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.

Once everyone is ready we’ll head toward Reykjadalur Hot Spring Thermal River. On the way, we’ll stop at Almar Bakery to buy lunch 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 why! Lush vegetation, steam rising up from the hot pots, moss-covered hills and mountains make Reykjadalur Valley a backcountry paradise.

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

A wide trail with a steady incline leads you up to the 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. Time to take a dip and enjoy mineral-rich azure waters of the Reykjadalur Hot Spring Thermal River! 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.


Pick-up from Reykjavik

Pick up: For those who have chosen to be picked up in Reykjavík, the pick-up time is at 08:00 am. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is greatly appreciated!

Don’t know where you will be staying? No worries, just choose “To Be Announced” for pick-up location and get back to us when you have further details.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.

Meet on location

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 09:00 am.

Practical information

The tour is approx. 3 hours long, 6 hours with pick-up from Reykjavik.

Remember to bring: Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, head-wear, gloves, lunch, snacks, water bottle and last but not least – a bathing suit and towel! Good hiking boots are essential.

What if I don’t own all of these necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent the necessary items in the booking process.

Please note

*During the winter there might be ice and snow on the hiking path making the hike a little harder. Our guides make sure that everyone is safe and comfortable in these circumstances. We assess the conditions before each tour and provide crampons if necessary.

What does meet on location entail?

Meet on location means travelling to the location of the tour yourself and then meeting our tour guides rather than being picked up and taken to the location.

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).

Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.


How does carbon offsetting work?

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.

The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.

Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?

Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process or add it to your booking. See more.
Please keep in mind that we do not rent gear on location.

What type of weather can I expect? What should I wear?

First of all, check the weather forecast but keep in mind that the weather in Iceland can be extremely unpredictable, as you may have heard. We have a saying “If you don’t like the weather in Iceland, just wait 5 minutes” which is sometimes disturbingly accurate!

The weather can be anything from sunny to snowy in almost any season although snow is rare during summer time. We do suggest that you dress accordingly. This means in layers, thermal closest to you and waterproof on top. We’ve prepared a guide to help you get ready for your adventures, check out – How to prepare for hiking and trekking in Iceland.

Can I wear jeans and sneakers?

No, please do not wear jeans and sneakers on this tour, it’s not appropriate clothing for this type of tour. Check the list of what to bring to see what kind of clothing is appropriate.

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Price from: 12.990 ISK

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Hot Spring Hunt | Average rating: 4.5/5 based on 2 customer reviews

"Much more than I expected" | 5 stars By Stephanie lyons 21/09/2018
Great tour! Walking was more than I thought but was invigorating. The springs were fabulous. We were so relaxed that it made the walk down a piece of cake. Gisli was interesting and entertaining. This was a great tour but one should be in good shape for it to be enjoyable.
"Go with Arctic Adventures" | 4 stars By Chris Cavins 06/08/2018
Great guide. Very knowledgeable of the area, and took his time on the hike so that the slow hikers could keep up. Timely pickup and coordinating with Arctic Adventures on pickup and drop off was a breeze. I would do another tour with them.
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