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Hiking to the Reykjadalur hot springs

Going for a hike is a must-do activity in Iceland. The beautiful scenery comes in a package with fresh air, pleasant physical activity and—if you choose right—a dip in some natural hot springs at the end.

The Reykjadalur hiking and hot springs day tour is one of the most popular adventures of its kind. Located just 40 minutes south of Reykjavík, Reykjadalur is an easy hike that nonetheless shows off many of the Icelandic landscape’s unique characteristics.

Reykjadalur (“smoky valley”, in English) is located near Hveragerði, Europe’s capital of hot springs. As we approach the town over the Hellisheiði mountain pass, the surrounding mountains and fields are decorated with telltale columns of white steam. It’s a beautiful day—the sky is clear, the sun is rising, and the snowy mountains shine with pink sunlight in the freezing morning air.

The path leads up into the mountains, winding around the sides of a long valley. The hike is very nice, with picturesque views, but it’s a little scary at times—a few steps in the wrong direction could mean rolling down a long, steep mountainside. The trail isn’t difficult, but in winter conditions, it pays to take extra care.

At the end, you're rewarded with a well-deserved 40-minute soak in a natural hot spring. For nature lovers who find it difficult to stand still in museums, and those who simply love to have rosy cheeks, this tour is a perfect fit.

What's included

Guided hiking tour to the hot springs in Reykjadalur with a local guide and bathe in the hot river.

What do I need to bring

  • Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing
  • Headwear & gloves
  • Bathing suit & towel
  • Good hiking shoes are recommended and can be rented online beforehand.


  • Hveragerði, the hot springs village.
  • Reykjadalur, the hot springs valley.
  • Bathing in the hot springs river.

Hiking to the Reykjadalur hot springs

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