Hiking and Bathing in Reykjadalur Geothermal Valley

Hiking and Bathing in Reykjadalur Geothermal Valley
At Reykjadalur Geothermal Valley, you can walk right up to the steaming fumaroles.
Many of the rivers, hot pools and streams in Iceland are geothermally heated.
Seeing the bubbling hot pools of Reykjadalur Geothermal Valley provides a real insight into Iceland's geological makeup.
The bubbling hot pools dotted around Reykjadalur Geothermal Valley appear like psychedelic artwork.
Fumaroles in Reykjadalur Geothermal Valley emitting steam and gases into the surrounding environment.
Geothermal activity under the surface has enlivened the colour palette of Reykjadalur Geothermal Valley.
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Explore an unbelievable variety of hot pools and geothermal springs on this bathing and hiking tour around the gorgeous Reykjadalur valley, roughly three-quarters of an hour from Iceland's capital. This tour is for anyone willing and able to hike, who would enjoy the otherworldly scenery and experience the relaxing pleasures of Iceland's natural hot pools.  

You will be picked up at your hotel and, after a short 40-minute car ride, you will arrive at Iceland's South Coast, home to the striking landscapes of Reykjadalur valley. You’ll then hike through a colourful geothermal area, making your way past bubbling mud pools and steaming hot springs, all the while surrounded by a picturesque view of colourful mountains and green, mossy hills. 

The hike ends at a river where fresh spring water mixes with steaming geothermal water, spouting down the mountain range; thankfully for Icelander's visitors, this creates a spot with the perfect bathing temperature. 

There you will be invited to take a dip in the warm river and relax, surrounded by nothing but the Icelandic nature. Please note that there is really nothing there but nature, no dressing room or showers, so changing will have to take place by the stream itself. 

Reykjadalur, or ‘Steam Valley’ gets its name from the white columns of steam rising from the earth. It is next to Hveragerði town, most famous for its greenhouses. These greenhouses are heated by hot water from the volcanic hot springs and make the town a centre of Icelandic horticulture.

The geothermal energy produced at areas like these have been used for bathing since Iceland was first settled, so this is your chance to take a bath like a true Viking! Put on your hiking boots, pack your swimsuit and join this amazing tour of raw volcanic power! Check booking availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Activities: Hiking, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Reykjadalur, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 09:00. 10:00,

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
  • Pick up in Reykjavik.

  • Driver / Guide

What to bring:
  • Good hiking boots

  • Clothes suitable for hiking and warm clothing

  • Swimsuit

  • Towel

  • Lunch or Snack

  • Camera

  • You can rent a GoPro camera from us

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We had a great tour with Bart and Evan, they were friendly and knowledgable about the area but also let us chat and enjoy the hike ourselves. The area is beautiful and soaking in a warm river surrounded but snow was slightly surreal but awesome! Would definitely recommend, it is nice to see parts of Iceland and be a bit more active than on the standard coach tours!
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