Reykjadalur Hot Springs

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Reykjadalur Hot Springs
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flr9003
NY237 contributions
Amazing hike but, although rated 'moderate', it IS a challenge. I would say most of the hike is uphill, guessing at least 75%. I went with both kids. I am middle-aged and in very good shape but still needed a pause or two along the way. It is not impossible but it is a good amount of work to get to the hot springs. However, when you get there, it is hard to take yourself out of the water which is very warm and relaxing. If you are modest, there are no changing facilities except for a few x-shaped wooden fences but they will not give you 100% privacy and Icelanders are not shy about changing. You can climb up on a grassy knoll, sit down and cover yourself and change sitting. Bring a travel towel, water, and a light snack or lunch. You can buy lunch in the town of Hveragerdi.

We had beautiful sunshine on our hike but STRONG WINDs coming around the peaks. Dress with layers or carry them with you. Windbreaker for sure. Lip balm and prepare to dress warmly. We hiked this end of June and it was chilly.

Views are spectacular: gorges, falls, geothermal vents with bubbling water. Roundtrip is nearly 6 miles. With a break at the spring, expect > 3 hours in and out. Wear sturdy hiking shoes. I had hiking sneakers which worked great but I would recommend them going over the ankles not only for support but to keep out gravel and sand. You DO have to pay for parking but I noted that some cars park on the shoulder just outside of the lot to avoid paying, but, not sure I would do this. There is a small cafe at the start of the trail.
Written June 26, 2022
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Ladybug1330
Washington DC, DC131 contributions
Recently visited this last week. Hike is moderate, mostly uphill on the way out and downhill on the way back (yay). It was dry when we went, but I could see it being slippery if it was raining. Hot river soak at the end is worth it, very nice and relaxing. Changing "stalls" are plentiful but can be crowded, however no one cares about getting naked it seemed. What I wish someone had warned us about is the flies on the way uphill. They were wicked!!! Either bring bug spray or a hat with a net because they swarm your face. I almost turned back but i'm glad we kept going. Once you get some elevation there is enough wind they dissipate. The hot soak was soooo nice and since the way back is 90% downhill it's not bad at all. There are nice bathrooms and a restaurant/bar at the trailhead. Parking is via app. Recommend going early or late as it seems like this place can get crowded (it was not when we were there, since COVID has still squashed the height of tourist season).
Written July 26, 2021
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Owen Thesaints
Kent613 contributions
Couples
My wife and I made for the trail head early one weekday morning, hopefully before it became too busy. We were confused about how to pay for parking - there was a parking app which we could download or we could pay by credit card. The initial stages of the walk were quite steeply uphill. The well marked path was either cinder, gravel or firm mud. Even though it had rained recently the going was firm. Eventually, the path levelled out and there was a gradual descent to the river. It took us about 75 minutes to reach the part of the river where we could bathe. There was a length of board walk along each side of the river. There were also some wooden panels which served as open cubicles so bathers could change before entering the water. Water shoes proved beneficial as the river was quite stony. At the point where we entered the river, also where we could walk no further as the route was closed off, the water was very hot. It was just like a very hot bath. We soaked in the water for about half an hour, before getting out to dress. After a picnic lunch, the walk downhill took about an hour before we reached the car. There were large numbers of people making their way up the trail in the early afternoon. We finally elected to pay by credit card for the parking - a much simpler proposition. It was 250 ISK per hour which funds the upkeep of the site.
Written June 13, 2022
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Victor K
Hong Kong, China448 contributions
Couples
This is a hotspring river offering free thermal bathing. Exceptionally good fun. You need 3-4 hours for this activity. The parking lot charges 250 ISK per hour with a café and WC. There are no facilities at the bathing area but wooden partitions were erected to provide limited privacy for changing clothes. About 37-38'C I reckon. You better come with a beach towel. Be reminded that it takes about 60 minutes with some steep hiking before getting to this spot with good scenery along. We took 70 minutes as we were slower. If you have half day for this and are reasonable hikers, then this is highly recommended. Otherwise, you better not try as we saw some frustrated visitors along the way.
Written May 18, 2022
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MaartenvdD
London, UK155 contributions
Couples
During a glacier walk, we discussed with the local guide where to go best to enjoy hot springs. We had heard of Blue Lagoon, but also about how busy and costly that is. He advised to goto Reykjadalur Hot Springs. Preferably in the morning as many Icelanders go in the afternoon.
And we did, and found it was not very busy, it was free, took a serious 1-hour walk up the mountain to reach the place. And it was worth it: lying relaxed in a warm, streaming river (in our case including sunshine) and we fully enjoyed it! A recommendable place to go
Written August 22, 2020
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Patrice Matthew K
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Couples
We went at sunrise and it was the most beautiful walk we have ever done. It took us around 60 minutes to reach the top of the river (this was stopping to take photos) and we enjoyed feeling the pools of water get warmer as we ascended. The contrast of being in the snow and then the hot river was breathtaking! A once in a lifetime experience. We went first thing in the morning and we had the river to ourselves for 30 mins before the next people arrived.

WARNING: do not let your hair get wet - it will freeze!
Written March 3, 2021
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Steve L
Bristol, UK55 contributions
Family
Visiting the river in February and so very, very cold. They say it’s 3km to get to the first part where you can bath in the waters and mist of it is straight up. A hard climb for three quarters of the way. Beautiful views on the way, but a tough slog. On snow, the right clothing and shoes are essential. Don’t even think about doing it in trainers etc. At the river it’s worth the climb. There are no changing rooms, just an area you can stand behind to shield you modesty.
Written February 27, 2020
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Tracee
Hilo, HI8 contributions
Couples
Well worth the hike! The hike wasn’t too bad, although mostly uphill. The hot spring was very nice and relaxing. Luckily, when we went it wasn’t crowded and we were able to get a nice little private area to ourselves. IMO, it was better than spending $$ going to one of the lagoons such as blue lagoon or sky lagoon. Also, a little past the swim spot is a geothermal area with steaming vents that’s pretty cool to check out. Overall, highly recommend stopping by here!
Written May 21, 2021
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Becky C
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam388 contributions
We visited on a dreary, rainy day and spent about 4 hours soaking in the hot river (bring lots of drinking water). The trick is to find a pool that has both hot and cold water sources, so you can rotate from one section to the other. This was a great place to wait out some horrible weather. We brought tevas to wear as it was raining heavily all day and we didn't want our shoes to get soaked. It was possible to hike in them but our feet were freezing by the time we reached our car (this was in late June).
Written August 22, 2021
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Isabelle G
Toronto, Canada113 contributions
Couples
This was disappointing! We were so excited to experience this and despite the heavy rain we pushed through the hour long walk to the top only to realize the water was cold! I should have read more reviews- it was not only pouring rain that day but had rained the day before so all the warmth was gone and the river was also flooding in some spots.

I’m sure it would’ve been fantastic weather permitting... but if it happens to be raining when you are planning to do this I would say skip it.
Written January 7, 2020
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