Hike to Reykjadalur Hot Springs

Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Reykjadalur, Iceland

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Swimming, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Summer

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2.4 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    682.4 Feet

Hot Springs
River
Scenic
Swimming Hole

A short 1 hour hike brings you to the Hot River at Reykjadalur. Swim in geothermal waters while soaking in the incredible views that Iceland has to offer.

The trailhead to start your journey to the Reykjadalur hot river is located at the Hot River cafe near the town of Hveragerði. A large parking lot is available, and the option to grab a coffee or snack at the cafe before heading out. The trail is wide and very easy to follow with a steady incline the entire way, the trip is a short 3.88 km and only takes an hour to an hour and a half one way. At about three quarters of the way there you will be able to see the river, stay to the left side as you continue to hike. Option to hop in for a swim at this point, although the water is not very warm. Throughout the hike you will see several geothermal water holes (it is not advised to touch the water as it can reaching boiling temperatures) and amazing views the entire way. Where most people swim at the end of this hike, there are wooden docks and semi-private changing stalls. Option to camp out on the side of the river to enjoy a sunset or sunrise soak. The farther up stream, the hotter the water temperature gets, so there is a sweet spot for anyone's preference. The trail can get busy, however if you start by 7:30 am you may be one of the first to reach the river. The water is clear and perfect for relaxing in after the hike up there, definitely a great way to experience Iceland's geothermal wonders.

Pack List

  • Swim suit
  • Towel
  • Change of clothing
  • Water, snacks
  • Rain gear
  • Comfortable shoes
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This was a really cool place. I enjoyed the hike up because it kept it very secluded and less crowded. I wish it had a little better changing area. You're definitely still exposed in what they have now, but then again I guess who cares, you're in Iceland!

8 months ago
8 months ago

Well worth the trip. Really great views and a reward once you arrive and get to relax in the river. Bonus that we went on a day that wasn't that busy.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Was beautiful and fairly easy. Water was pretty hot but we got in near the entrance

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Really enjoyed the walk up however we reached the lot at 11am just as a few minibuses and a coach full of a school trip arrived - filling the trail with people! When we reached the river there was still space but you would be sharing your patch of river with others. Also be aware the changing areas are 'semi stalls' open on two sides. There are also sheep roaming the area who come over to see whats going on! Overall a great experience - thanks for letting us know about it!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Ksenia Ledene

Student Nurse from Alberta, Canada, a beautiful place that I am so fortunate to live in. Experiencing the outdoors close to home as well as abroad has been extremely rewarding, and I'm excited to share the highlights so far!

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