Reykjadalur Hot Spring Hiking Tour

Reykjadalur Valley is known as 'Steam Valley' colloquially.
Only certain sections of the hot river at Reykjadalur are cool enough to bathe in.
Reaching the hot river will require a 45 minute through the landscapes of Reykjadalur.
The landscape at Reykjadalur is a composition of lush green hills, steaming hot springs and dazzling rock formations.
You won't believe the strange effects that geothermal activity on the Reykjadalur Valley.
Reykjadalur is instantly recognisable for its billowing white steam clouds.
Based on 6 traveller reviews

Indulge in the natural hot springs of  South Iceland with this fantastic hiking trip into the lush and geothermally-active Reykjadalur Valley. Follow in the footsteps of this country's earliest settlers and dip your body into these luxurious natural pools, surrounded by picturesque hillsides and cascading waterfalls. 

Your quest into Reykjadalur begins after being picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavík. You will be driven towards the town of Hveragerði, a settlement famed for its scent of sulphur and steaming volcanic vents. Here, you will abandon the vehicle for your hiking boots! Afer lacing up, its time to enter one of Iceland's largest geothermal regions.

Be prepared for some truly magnificent scenery; you will stumble across rumbling rivers and trickling streams, scarlet red mountains, luscious vegetation and cascading waterfalls. So too, of course, will you see numerous examples of the area's geothermal underbelly (at certain points, you may be overwhelmed with steam), as well as fascinating, all-natural rock formations. 

After a good while hiking, you'll feel the need to stop for a little relaxation. Well, whip out the bathing suit, for here you will be experiencing the warming pleasures of a natural Icelandic hot pool. In fact, "hot pool" refers to a section of a hot river that runs through the area (the majority of hot pools are too high temperature for bathing).

Thankfully, the temperature changes depending on what section of the river you're at, meaning you can choose the perfect spot to match your comfort level. Once you have fully enjoyed your luxurious soak, you will hike back down to Hveragerði, from where you will make the return journey back to Reykjavík.

So don't delay any longer! Hurry and book now so you too can experience the magic of this fantastic hike exploring the hot springs of Reykjadalur Valley. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Feb. - Dec.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Activities: Hiking, Hot Spring Bathing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 10 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: South Iceland, Hengill, Hellisheiði, Reykjadalur, Hveragerði
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00 09:00,

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.
  • Small group experience

  • Guided hiking tour to the hot springs in Reykjadalur Valley

  • Certified guide

  • Bathing in a hot river

  • Transportation (Pick up can be added for extra 2.000 ISK per person)

  • Food & drinks

What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing

  • Bathing suit

  • Towel

  • Hiking shoes

  • Head-wear and gloves

  • Packed lunch


Average rating 4.5 / Number of reviews 6

Great trip. It was the highlight of our visit to Iceland. The weather was very bad (sideways rain) so our guide offered a shorter trip to an alternative (the secret lagoon) but we had a show of hands and went for the original plan! We did a shorter walk as he drove us nearer to the hot river. We had a lovely soak in the steamy water, before the wet blustery walk back to the bus. Fabulous.

The hike was harsher than I expected on our particular day with very strong winds combined with chilly temperatures. We had a 2.5 mile, quite uphill (about 30 degrees incline throughout) trek that lasted about an hour, and boy, was I hating it until I got into the hot spring finally! I felt much better afterward and the hike down was much easier. I was glad that I did it in the end but those looking for a relaxing experience should stay away from this tour unless it is the nicest summer day. This is definitely a solid encounter with Iceland's landscape and nature.

Due to the weather conditions we never managed to trek upto the hot springs which was the main purpose of the trip, this could not be helped though and our tour guide did what was best for the safety of us all. The weather conditions on the day were quite bad, thick snow and many roads closed. We did still see some large hot springs and treked a small distance into some really thick snow, I have never been in snow upto my hips before!!! We then drove to the biggest hot spring in Iceland which was fascinating to see and interesting to see the white lighthouse through all the steam, it was like being at the end of the world! I think this trip would be better to do during the summer but it was still an amazing experience and I saw a different side to iceland on this trip.

Very cheap tour with amazing hot springs. I liked this even more than the Blue lagoon. It is more raw and the natural beauty of the area was mesmerising. You should do this tour if you want to experience other hot springs than the blue lagoon, which unlike this hot spring in Reykjadalur, was full of tourists. It includes a hike with some very funny guides.

This area was very beautiful and this hiking tour was worth every krona. Make sure to go see it if you want to do a day tour from Reykjavik

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