Private 4-Hour Hiking Tour in Reykjadalur Valley from Reykjavik with Hot Spring Bathing

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Reykjavík, Iceland
5 hours
July - May
Minimum age
10 years old


Discover the beauty of Reykjadalur valley near Reykjavik with this four-hour hiking tour, including a bathing stop at a natural geothermal river. Nature lovers who want to explore the great outdoors near Iceland's capital and relax in a hot pool will love this private hiking tour.

The trip begins in the morning with pick-up at your accommodation in Reykjavik or a nearby bus stop. The start time for the tour depends on the time of year. It starts later during winter to ensure more hours of daylight. 

You’ll meet your expert local guide for the day, who’ll drive your group out of the city to the beautiful Reykjadalur Valley. The drive usually takes around 45 minutes.

The valley, also known as Steam Valley, is an active geothermal area. You’ll pass several hot springs and mud pools on your walk and will be able to take plenty of photos of the breathtaking scenery surrounding you. 

The hike up to the summit is just under two miles (approximately three kilometers). It usually takes around 45 minutes, or a little longer if you stop to take lots of photos. The route is mostly uphill, but it isn’t difficult, so you should be able to manage the walk with no problem if you have a basic fitness level.

If you’re hiking this route during the winter, the guide will provide your group with crampons to help you navigate the icy terrain.

During the walk, your group will pass the Djupagil canyon and Djupagilsfoss waterfall. There are also various hot pools and springs, with steam rising out of them to create a gorgeous landscape. It looks like something out of a fairytale! 

At the end of the path is a geothermal river. It’s a fantastic place for hot spring bathing, and you’ll have plenty of time to relax in the warm waters. There are no changing rooms or facilities at the river, so you might prefer to wear your swimsuit under your clothes or change under a towel.

While you’re at the geothermal river, you can eat your packed lunch and have a rest. You can also ask your guide any questions you have about the area. They will tell you about the history and geology of Steam Valley and about the culture of hot spring bathing in Iceland.

After a relaxing soak in the river, you’ll change into dry clothes and hike back down to the parking lot. Your guide will then drive you back to your accommodation in Reykjavik, where you can continue sightseeing. 

Don’t miss your chance to hike in Reykjadalur Valley with a private tour guide and bathe in a geothermal river. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Expert, English-speaking guide
Pick-up and drop-off at your accommodation in Reykjavik
Crampons (if needed)
Bathing in a geothermal river


Hot Spring Bathing

What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing
Sturdy outdoor shoes
Packed lunch
Bottle of water
Fully charged camera

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