Informationen über: Hveradalir Geothermal Area
Hveradalir Geothermal Area, 'the Valley of the Hot Springs,' is precisely what its name suggests—a fantastic destination for those interested in the beautiful complexities of Iceland's geology.
Hveradalir Geothermal Area is located in the Highlands, by Kjolur Highland Road. The road can only be accessed in summer, and though two-wheel-drives are allowed to drive it, no car rental will let you take one of their vehicles there, so it is best to rent a four-wheel-drive or take a tour.
One of the largest geothermal areas in all of Iceland, Hveradalir offers hot springs you can view up close and others that can be admired from a safe distance. The site is surrounded by the rhyolite mountains of the Kerlingarfjoll range, making for some spectacular and colorful surroundings and excellent hiking opportunities.
Geology of Hveradalir Geothermal Area
Situated by the volcanic mountain ridge of Kerlingarfjoll, Hveradalir draws its name from the many hot springs in the area. From smaller, bubbling mud pools to larger springs of steaming water, the site offers visitors a glimpse into the stunning complexities of Iceland's geology.
One of Hveradalir's main attractions is the many striking natural formations created by the geothermal energy coursing beneath the surface. The hot waters flowing through the ground have interacted with the minerals, causing chemical changes which often result in unique patterns and colors appearing in the rocks above. The natural heat also offers a haven to various plants that could otherwise never thrive in such a harsh landscape.
Things to do in Hveradalir Geothermal Area
An excellent way to take in the natural splendor of Hveradalir is to hike, and there are plenty of trails in the area, laid with wooden steps and bridges, to guide travelers through the site. The vivid colors of the surrounding mountains, the hissing of the boiling water, and the steam rising from the ground make for an unforgettable experience. Remember to bring your camera!
Take caution and avoid straying from the trails, as the thin crust of the earth can hide the boiling hot water below.
While camping directly in Hveradalir is not permitted, designated campsites are nearby. Basic amenities such as restrooms and a small café can be found at a mountain hut which is open throughout the summer season.
If you want to explore more of what the Highlands offer, browse a wide range of tours of the Highlands of Iceland.