Hot Spring Hike of Reykjadalur Valley

Hot Spring Hike of Reykjadalur Valley
Hiking through Reykjadalur Valley in Iceland allows you to experience the country's geothermal activity first-hand.
Bathing in a geothermal hot spring in Reykjadalur is the essential Icelandic experience.
The contrasting landscapes of Reykjadalur Valley in South Iceland.
Mud pools, steam vents and hot springs are part of what gives Reykjadalur Valley its name and allure.
The Icelandic people have been bathing in natural hot springs since the Age of Settlement.
Rivers, waterfalls and sulfur-streaked hills make up the scenery of Reykjadalur Valley in Iceland.
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Visit the natural hot springs of Iceland on this hiking excursion of Reykjadalur Valley. If you want to follow in the footsteps of Iceland’s settlers and warm your bones outdoors, surrounded by scenic rivulets and waterfalls, this is the tour for you.

Your hot spring adventure begins as you get picked up in the capital city of Reykjavík and driven the short and scenic route towards Hveragerði, where steam rises from beneath the crust of the earth.

Upon arrival, you will leave your transportation behind, lace up your boots and begin your hike through one of the largest geothermal areas in Iceland. The scenery along your route is sure to amaze, as you will trail past small rivers cutting through colourful fields, waterfalls cascading through narrow canyons and stunning red gravel mountains covered with lush vegetation.

The highlight of your hike, however, will be the many facets of geothermal activity that gives the valley its name. Walking along the riverside, you might lose your surroundings for a second as you pass straight through the rising steam that crosses your path.

Once you have taken in the sights of blue rivers, hot pots, soda springs and mud pools, it might be time to bring out your bathing suit and have a dip. Most of the hot pools in the area are of too high temperature to safely bathe in, but the venue of your soak is a beautiful river which cools down the hot water from the pools.

As cold meets hot in this unique and scenic brook, you can locate up and down it to find the spot most fitting to your need for heat. Once you’ve enjoyed the bathing to its fullest, you will hike back to the parking lot and catch your ride back to Reykjavík City, knowing you just had an authentic Icelandic experience.

Don’t hesitate in booking your hot spring hike of Reykjadalur Valley, to experience the geothermal wonders of Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Hengill, Reykjadalur, Hveragerði, South Coast
Pickup information:

    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.

    • English guide

    • Pickup and drop-off in Reykjavík

    • Refreshments

    • Lunch

    What to bring:
    • Warm clothes

    • Good hiking shoes

    • Bathing suit & towel

    Good to know:

    Appropriate hiking clothes and shoes are required for this tour.

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    This is a great 3km hike a gives you a chance to see scenery outside of Reykjavik. The area is open fields and valleys with slow elevation, and plenty of places on the path to stop and catch your breath, especially at the beginning. It rained off and on, so I was glad I wore hiking shoes and raincoat. The weather can catch you off guard too; it was cold enough to wear my knit hat (in June). I carried a swimsuit and towel in a tote bag and wished I’d brought a small backpack on vacation. I’m not sure how long we were walking; Morgan, our guide, let us stop a lot when I was getting tired, and she was there to take pictures of us near the scenic waterfalls and boiling springs. The hot springs at the end of the hike is the ‘ahhh’ moment. The path is a valley of colorful green and yellow mossy plants, lots of sheep, and then the creek. There are a couple of partitions on the short boardwalk in which to fling your clothes over; my husband had a towel curtained around me so I could change. The water is warm, warmer, warmest, depending on where you sit in the creek. There is nothing but silt and a few rocks there and it’s not deep. The guide lets you stay as long as you want. After that, the same hiking path back becomes easier. There are bathrooms at the bottom near the parking lot.
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    We took two tours with this company, they were both amazing. I really enjoyed the scenery on this tour on the way up and the bathing in the hot river was very pleasant. Take this tour if you are looking for something different in Iceland.
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