A scenic hiking tour to the Reykjadalur valley that reveals plumes of steam, bubbling natural hot pools and trickling thermal creeks!
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!
3 Hours / 6 Hours with transfer from Reykjavík
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- 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
Have you ever wanted to bathe in a natural hot pool? If your answer is yes, you have found the perfect activity, because baths do not get any more natural than this!
This tour is available both as a meet us on location option as well as with pick up from Reykjavik (+2000 ISK).
Your hot spring hiking adventure starts by hiking up to Hveradalir valley from the small town of Hveragerdi, located in about 45 KM distance from Reykjavík. Hveragerdi is the town of natural hot springs and you can see steam rise from the earth at almost every corner around the populated area. The hike up to the naturally hot river where you will have the option to bath in takes about 45 minutes and the hiking path itself is in relatively good condition so the tour can be suitable for all over the age of 10 that are in a good physical condition. As this is a hiking tour we highly recommend good hiking shoes for this tour, these are essential during the winter months. Once you reach the place where hot water from the springs blends together with the cold spring water it is time to jump in and relax in the perfect temperature of the hot river, surrounded by magnificent landscape before making your way back down the valley to the starting point in Hveragerdi.
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.
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.
*From 1st of April - 30th of Sept the meeting time is at 09:00. From 1st of Oct - 31st of March) the meeting time is at 10:00.
*If you have added pick up from Reykjavík: From 1st of April - 30th of Sept the pick up will start at 08:00. From 1st of Oct - 31st of March the pick up will start at 09:00.
*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.
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 Special Tours, 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 summer time).
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.
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.
The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.
These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:
The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.
Book your airport transfer in Iceland.
The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is always more expensive than the airport shuttle.
For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.
There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but it is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically, Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.
If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection from the glacier.
You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.
Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.
Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles also have free Wi-Fi.
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.
Here is the plus side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So, to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant!
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.
Driving in Iceland can be tricky for two different reasons. The first being the weather conditions, especially in the winter months. The second reason is that if you’re not experienced in driving in conditions such as ice and snow then it could become dangerous.
If you are choosing a self-drive tour or to meet on location then make sure you have checked the driving conditions to make sure it is safe. At road.is you can find all the latest updates about travelling around Iceland. You should still check in the summer months just to make sure there is no storms or other types of weather warnings.
Vehicles are equipped for both summer and winter driving conditions, and drivers are very experienced driving in difficult conditions.
Before starting any of the activities, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their activity. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.
Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.
As with any and all world travel, we strongly recommend having travel insurances that can provide cover if you need to cancel your travel reservation with short notice. We also recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland.
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.
Price from: 12.990 ISK
If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.
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“hot spring hunt = surreal raw nature beauty”
I have found this trip by chance and I am very glad I looked into it. It was the highlight of my stay in Iceland. The company and the guide (in my case, Benedict) were top of the class when it came getting me and fellow hikers around and they also paid equal attention to all. I can’t be happier.
“Hot Springs Hike - Awesome, jaw dropping scenery, challenging in the snow but well worth the effort”
Wow, what a day I’ve just had. Picked up in Reykjavik by our guide, driven through stunning snow scapes to the start of our Hot Springs hike, and then off through challenging, snowy but doable conditions to the hot river at Rekjaldor. Hike was approx. 3.5K there, some steel climbs and deep snow – hard work but good for the thigh muscles! Then stripped off and lay in the hot waters (too hot in places but lovely further down) and then the 3.5k hike back (mostly down hill). Utterly amazing, real sense of achievement and jaw dropping scenery. Totally worth it. Guide was great, really nice guy, a mountain guide who knows lots about the area. Would highly recommend this trip!
“Hot Springs Thermal Pools”
Hveragerði, just 45 minutes outside Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik, was built over a volcanic magma chamber, capitalising on the abundance of steam and hot water rising from the ground. A short hike from the park to the pools took us through spectacular scenery, waterfalls, lava eruptions and sheep peacefully grazing. The pools were empty as we arrived and we all enjoyed the relaxing soak, the exchange of world views and the feeling of well-being. We left as the tourists arrived. On the way back we passed the beautiful, gentle Iceland ponies on the trail.. Guide Teitur was knowledgable and facilitated the comraderie and conversation amongst Australians, Canadians and a lone Polish from London. Definitely recommend Arctic Adventures on the basis of this experience.