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Where to enjoy free hot springs in Iceland

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Not only in breathtaking landscapes we fall in love with this part of the world. The hot springs in Iceland They have been one of the main reasons why many tourists visit the country. Maybe theBlue lagoon It takes most of the merits, but this large pool fed by geothermal energized waters is not the only place to enjoy them and what is better, the hot springs in Iceland can be enjoyed without spending a single euro.


Reykjadalur Where to enjoy free hot springs in Iceland

Reykjadalur Hot springs in Iceland

Iceland It is a country of volcanoes and as such its geothermal activity is very high. In fact, this particularity is used in its favor, having numerous plants distributed throughout the country with the aim of offering heating to its inhabitants. An example is the central Svartsengi, very close to the famous Blue lagoon which we can visit after taking a bath in this tourist place. However, Blue Lagoon is expensive, especially after rising prices in the country and the emerging North American tourism. However, being a large country full of volcanoes, there are numerous points where we can enjoy hot springs, such as the river that flows through the Reykjadalur route.

Reykjadalur Route

The Reykjadalur route It is really simple untrekking, suitable for children and where it ends up in an ideal place for bathing that has also been conditioned in numerous parts of the river. The start is outside the town of Hveragerdi, about 40 kilometers from Reykjavik, therefore it is one of the closest thermal areas of the Icelandic capital.


Reykjadalur Map

Once in Hveragerdi, we cross the town along the main street until we take a dirt track that ends in a small parking lot and an information post. The parking lot is so small that we had to leave the car lying in the gutter because there was not enough space.


Hot springs in Iceland

From here we saw that the path was simple and we took advantage of the information by means of a map, just before crossing a small stream over a wooden bridge. After this you could see several fumaroles on the mountainside and some group of people taking pictures.


Hot springs in Iceland

The road was not lost and it was a matter of going up and up a very well-built zig zag that ended at the top of the hill before moving on to another valley with a completely different landscape.


Reykjadalur Where to enjoy free hot springs in Iceland

At this point we crossed a group of bicycles that made a downhill route from Klambragil, which apparently has become a classic of the tours hired in Iceland. In addition, this part of the trail had nothing special until we reached a valley where a stream of hot water and a lot of fumaroles came down to its surroundings.


Hot springs in Iceland

It is right at this point where the people who came to horse They left their transport and began to walk. Some directly bathed in this part of the road despite the fact that the temperature of the water in this part was a little cooler and others preferred to wait a little later, just in the place conditioned for that purpose.


Hot springs in Iceland

On the way from time to time we found pools of boiling mud and many others of water, many of them quite dangerous and sometimes unpredictable since occasionally they splashed boiling water a couple of meters around them.


Hot springs in Iceland

Sometimes the final part of the road was hidden by water vapor leaving us blind for several minutes. Of course, at least those clouds of steam always came out warm and occasionally with a smell of rotten egg


Hot springs in Iceland

And finally we come to the area suitable for bathing or at least equipped for it. From afar several groups were seen inside the water and a kind of panels on the other side of the path to be able to change.


Reykjadalur Where to enjoy free hot springs in Iceland

These panels were of little use because they were not completely covered so if you were embarrassing it might cost you a bit to find your lonely moment.


Hot springs in Iceland

Personally, I wanted to take a bath and not because the water was at its perfect temperature but because there was very little depth and the best areas were practically occupied.


Reykjadalur Where to enjoy free hot springs in Iceland

I decided to continue the path higher without luck. There the water is extremely hot and putting one foot in the water is synonymous with safe burn.


Hot springs in Iceland

The best of all is that in this part of the river the water could be seen flowing from various holes at high speed and with a very high temperature, even in some places geysers in miniature.

At this point I had no choice but to return where I had come to be a completely linear route. At least I had the opportunity to see several craters, or rather what was left of them after strong explosions.


Hot springs in Iceland

With the rush I had just touched the water but surely the lovers of hot springs had enjoyed much more than me. I am more than high mountain routes like that ofKristinartindar, I still had a great time with this route.


Reykjadalur Where to enjoy free hot springs in Iceland

Practical data Reykjadalur, where you can enjoy free hot springs in Iceland

When to go?

It is an area at a fairly low altitude so it can be visited from the beginning of May until the end of October without problems. It is ideal to include it in a two-week route through Iceland.

How to get?

Since Reykjavík we take the ring road towards Selfoss, stopping at the town of Hveragerdi. From here we cross the town until the end taking a dirt track indicated towards the "Hot Springs", where it ends in a parking lot.

What to wear

The route is very simple and does not require great means. Simply take a raincoat or umbrella, some food in case you want to make a stop, towel swimsuit, a picnic and little else.

Where to sleep?

There are several hotels in the area and especially GuestHouses. Some of the accommodations you can find by Hveragerdi are the following:

  • Hotel Örk: one of the most elegant options in the area, with large capacity and with private pool.
  • Varmi Guesthouse: apartments with kitchen, internet and breakfast included.
  • Iceland's Guesthouse: one of the "economic" options in the area and with a very good presence.

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