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Trek-Always
Alpharetta, GA2,524 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
This is a short drive off of F35 in the center of Iceland.

When you have the option to turn to drive to Hveravellir it is worth the side trip. This is an enticing geothermal area with fumaroles, hot pools, camping, a restaurant, facilities, and one place to take a hot pool bath (with no changing area).

This is also the hiding area for a famous outlaw name Fjalla-Eyvindur. You can learn the story and see the ruins of his hideout.

Beautiful place and a nice break from the bone jarring dirt road from north to south.

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Written August 2, 2016
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Brooke S
Berlin, Germany104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Friends
We did not sleep here, but in a camp nearby Kerlingarfjoll (which I would not really recommend), but the visit was fantastic. It was one of the harsh days in Iceland - cold + wind + rain, so we did not go on longer walks, but even the walk around the springs and to the hiding-hut (and a bit further) was worth the "pain" of the weather. Great nature, a must stop if you are close by. After being cold to the bones we went to the little hot pot pool they have (no admission) and it was great. You can regulate the temperature of the water and the scenery is beautiful.
Written August 16, 2013
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Trekker R
Everett, WA15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
My girlfriend & I stayed here in the dormitory for two nights in July 2012 after hiking the Kjalvegur route (aka Kjolur route) from Hvitarnes. Staying in the dormitory was 4000 isk (32 USD) per adult each night which is a bit expensive for a dormitory. However, this is typical of Iceland and is practically unavoidable in the country. I would advise those who wish to save some money to bring a tent as that is only 1000 isk per adult each night and they have discounts for children. You can request a full pricelist from their website: http://www.hveravellir.is/.

Aside from the price, the accommodation met standard backpacking expectations and the staff was very friendly. There was a shared kitchen and toilets, but the showers were broken at the time. We brought our own sleeping bags as they charge for bed linens like most places in Iceland. This place is suitable for backpackers, but those who require more refined accommodations should skip this place.

The general surrounding area is okay for hiking. The first day we arrived, we hiked to Strytur which has a clearly marked trail. The second day we hiked & climbed Rjupnafell which offered an excellent view of Thorivatn and Hofsjokull. There is no trail here so having a map and compass might be a good idea if you have intentions of doing some exploration. The hut is easy to spot in the isolation from a great distance if you're truly confident in your sense of direction. They also have a short boardwalk hike around the geysirs which is cute, but nothing special for the more adventurous. The hot spring is also nice to relax in after a long day.

Overall, I think only one day would have been sufficient at this place instead of two. Instead of spending a second day here, we wished we had spent it at Thjofadlir or Thverbrekknamuli as they offer better day/evening hikes and/or climbs. However that is a personal preference as we do not like crowds, and there are definitely going to be more people in Hveravellir than Thjofadlir or Thverbrekknamuli.
Written July 27, 2012
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W.S.
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
NOT RECOMMENDED

If you're staying here, it's best to secure your belongings beforehand.

Don't take off your shoes under any circumstances, otherwise you'll feel like me afterwards.

The property requires it, but declines all responsibility for its policy.

So I had to continue the iceland holiday without my hiking boots and missed a lot of planned hikes.

No compensation or any other excuse!

The accommodation cannot be surpassed in terms of arrogance and ignorance.

So bypass Hvervallir extensively!
Written July 20, 2023
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Coffeehiker
Canada95 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Friends
The rough drive trough a endless rocky landscape is more rewarding then the site itself. Had to pay for parking and the pool was so disappointing we did not even go in. The staff is not helpfull at all. I would recommend to take the drive to Landmanlauger and enjoy the natural pool there. It's actually more like a river. Gives you much more space to move around.
Written September 25, 2016
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SpachNZ
Fox Glacier, New Zealand45 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Couples
My husband and I stayed in the dormitory here in June (sleep-bag accommodation). I would not stay here again. We paid a similar price to other accommodation in Iceland. There are no proper bathrooms, only toilets. There is a kitchen for cooking meals (like most places in Iceland make sure you bring food with you, because there is nowhere to purchase it). The staff were not very friendly and the dormitory was not very clean.
This is an expensive place to stay and I recommend that you stay elsewhere, for example Kerlingarfjöll (we didn't stay there, but met a couple who strongly recommended it).
Written September 25, 2012
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Max M
Paris, France8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
Enough is enough. In Iceland many hotel (in this case it’s in the new Hut…new is just a word…a better word would be poor) are in special places. That’s great but not enough for the price they ask us to pay. And here in Hveravellir 250$ - 230 euros for a ugly room …it’s such a shame !!! Yes, the situation is great, but it’s not enough especially if the staff is unfriendly. Here in tripadvisor we give a note for the hotel and not the situation.
Written August 16, 2016
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Jens W
Copenhagen, Denmark49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
Hveravellir is a thermal area on Route 35 across the Island. A very beautiful trip that you can drive with a 4x4 car. Hveravellir is the best accommodation on route. There is a camping area, and you can hire sleeping place in cabins. It is a very beautiful place with views of the glaciers, and you can pitch your tent along a small stream with lukewarm water from the hot springs, which bubble in all colors near by. There are good walks, but the main attraction is the natural hot bath, where hot and cold water are mixed, so you spend an hour looking at the sky, the mountains and the birds relaxing in the 40 degree warm water. If you want a sleeping place in a cabin, book well ahead, if you camp, just show up. There is a cafeteria on site.
Written July 26, 2016
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sopaca
Cambridge, UK2,934 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
We stayed overnight in a private room in the New Hut which was nice but VERY expensive. It was 28800 Icelandic Kroners (£182) for a tiny room with a double bed below and single bunk bed overhead. There were around 6 rooms and three shared toilets, one of which had a shower in. I think only 2 rooms were occupied when we were there (late June) so using the toilets and shower was not a problem. I think there were other showers but they were in a building outside. The view from the room was great - towards the geothermal area across the other side of the car park. It was very light in the room too but the blackout blinds were good.

My camera battery had completely run out so I was not impressed to find that neither of the two electrical sockets in the room worked. Apparently their electricity is not from geothermal sources so costs five times as much as usual. I'd seen a sign on reception pointing out a charge for mobile phone recharging but hadn't realised that this meant the plugs in our very expensive room weren't going to work. All the staff had left by then so I was unable to recharge my camera battery.

The breakfast was okay but very basic. In fact we went to the car and got our own supplies and bread as they only had supermarket sliced bread.

The best thing was the hot spring which was the other side of the car park (about a 1-2 minute walk) from the main building where our room was. It's open 24/7 and was fantastic. Cold and hot water is piped from further up the stream so you can adjust the temperature. The hot spring is right next to the Old Hut which is where the dormitory rooms are. We talked to a couple who were staying there and the only guests so had the whole building to themselves. They had kitchen facilities and presumably electricity so actually were better off than us for a cheaper stay.

There were quite a few campers but less than 10 people staying in the Old Hut and New Hut together despite an overall potential capacity of around 50 people. This was late June so very much tourist season. I suspect if their prices were more realistic they'd have more people. We stayed in Gullfoss the next night for half the price. If we went again we'd stay in Gullfoss with an ensuite and electricity and drive to Hveravellir for a day trip.It's about two hours on the F35. You do need a 4WD car for the F roads. We had a Dacia Duster which was great. The F35 was a good road and fairly well-travelled. There were no rivers to cross which I gather is the case on some F roads.
Written July 18, 2019
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Torkild35
Oppdal Municipality, Norway63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
A truly fantastic place. Amidst barren lands in the central Icelandic highlands lies a hot spring area, with a nice camping and a small cafe. Best of all is a heavenly little geothermal pool, with perfect bathing water directly from the hot springs. You don't want to miss this!
Written July 26, 2016
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