Overview

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

Highlights

  • Small Group Experience
  • Reykjadalur, the Hot Springs Valley
  • Hellisheidi Mountain Range
  • Bathe in a Naturally Hot River
  • Hiking

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!

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Local Guides
  • Small group experience
  • Expert guides
Availability All Year
Duration 3 / 6 Hours
Departs From Reykjavik/Hveragerdi
Level Moderate
Minimum age 10 years
Ratio 1:14
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up Yes

Customer reviews on TripAdvisor

Beautiful views waterfall in the distance on the trail, and a very comfortable hot river to sit in. Not a swimming river.

Visiting the river in February and so very, very cold. They say it’s 3km to get to the first part where you can bath in the waters and mist of it is straight up. A hard climb for three quarters of the way. Beautiful views on the way, but a tough slog. On snow, the right clothing and shoes are essential. Don’t even think about doing it in trainers etc. At the river it’s worth the climb. There are no changing rooms, just an area you can stand behind to shield you modesty.

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What's included

Included

  • Hiking Tour to Reykjadalur
  • Local Guide
  • Bathing in a Hot River

What to bring

  • Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing
  • Head-wear
  • Gloves
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Good hiking boots are essential

Not Included

  • Meals

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Itinerary

Information

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: 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.

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.

*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.

FAQ

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 super 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Reviews

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Based on 3 reviews

Hot Spring Hunt

1- of 3 reviews

Hot Springs Delight

Reviewed on February 06, 2020 by Fiona Murray From our post-trip system

This was an amazing experience made better by the lovely weather we were lucky to get. Highly recommended as this was a highlight of my trip to Iceland.

AMazing time

Reviewed on September 13, 2019 by Marjorie Hickey From our post-trip system

This tour by our lovely guide (whose name we never did get remotely close to saying correctly, to our embarassment) exceeded expectations. she was very knowledgable generally about Iceland and its geology and history an kept us informed about everything we saw. She took us "off the beaten path" to explore interesting geological sights. THe combination of a hike and bathing in the geothermal rivers was a true highlight of our trip. Thanks to our guide and your company for making everything go very smoothly.

Fantastic Day Hike

Reviewed on June 09, 2019 by Kirsten Hrobsky From our post-trip system

I wanted to do some hiking but did not have a rental car. This was perfect. Other-worldly looking location, nice views and a relaxing dip in a hot river at the end! Luckily we had great weather but I brought bags for my gear in case of rain (to keep hiking clothes dry). I found the elevation gain somewhat challenging but I’m also not in the best shape. Guide was great giving info about the area, answering questions and keeping the group together. We stopped at a small mall before/after the hike to use the restrooms and visit the bakery for coffee & snacks if we wanted.

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