Enjoy an invigorating nature hike in Reykjadalur valley and dip into its soothing hot springs in this incredible four-hour tour. This activity is perfect for travelers looking for a quick, relaxing getaway outside the Icelandic capital.
You’ll start the day in Reykjavik, where a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle will pick you up to take you out of the city. Reykjadalur is only 30 miles (50 kilometers) away, so you’ll get there in less than an hour while enjoying a scenic drive across the countryside.
Along the way, you’ll pass by the Hellisheidi lava plateau, one of Iceland's most active geothermal areas. The Hellisheidi geothermal power station is the third-largest power station in the world and supplies hot water and electricity to Iceland’s southern and western regions.
As you continue along the gravel roads, you’ll eventually enter Reykjadalur valley. The name means steam or smoke valley in Icelandic, and it will soon be evident why once you explore the rest of the area on foot.
The area contains plenty of sightseeing opportunities, with lush fields, beautiful canyons, and even some waterfalls. Eventually, the valley opens up to some rolling green hills with pillars of white steam from the geothermal vents and bubbling hot springs that inspire the place’s name.
The scenery of Reykjadalur is something to behold as the sulfur-rich soil colors the ground in shades of red and brown to contrast the bright green grass. The mud pools are a dark, murky gray, while the hot springs are a soothing light blue.
At the end of your hike, you’ll take a well-earned break by dipping in the warm river of Reykjadalur. The temperature changes further down the river, so you can choose the spot with just the right amount of heat to give you the best, most relaxing experience.
After soaking away your troubles in the peaceful springs, you’re ready to take the short hike back to your transport. Your ride will drop you off back at Reykjavik with some newfound energy and plenty of time to explore the rest of Iceland.
Reykjadalur is a true treasure of the Icelandic South, and you don’t want to miss its lovely scenic hikes and gentle, calming hot springs. Check availability now by choosing a date.
Not stroller accessible.
Not suitable for pets.
No public transportation nearby.
Infants must not sit on laps.
Infant seats are unavailable.
Not recommended for people with heart conditions.
This is a natural hot spring river. There are no changing facilities or showers.