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!
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!
6 hours / 9am - 3pm
Meet on location
- 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.
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 shoes are recommended.
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. We do not rent gear from location.
*If you are meeting us on location then the meeting point is at the N1 Gas Station in Hveragerdi town. 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 would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick-up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.
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.
No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons, it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.
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 favorite 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 (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). 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.
We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.
Before starting any of our more technical trips, 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 particular trip. 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.
Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routesdepending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
- The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).
- It’s possible to store your luggage in Reykjavík while you are on your tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.
- Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.
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 per person.
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.