One of the most popular place to visit near Hveragerði must be Reykjadalur, a geothermal area just north of Hveragerði. It is a short walk about 3Km long and it is not that hard so most of us can do it. Hveragerði is a small town on the southern part of Iceland only 30 minutes away from Reykjavik. You can get to Hveragerði by a city bus. You will find Hveragerði on the map.
The rising in the landscape is not great and sometime the trail is downhill. On your way to the warm river Reykjadalsá you will pass many steaming hot springs and warm brooks.
Reykjadalur is the most visited nature bath area in the country. Reykjadalur is very vulnerable area like other geothermal areas in the country. The access to Reykjadalur was closed down for a vile because it was to popular and had too many visitors.
This geothermal area is on the outskirt of a cooled down volcano. The volcano was active some 120.000 years ago and is a part of volcano system from the seashore Selvogur and all the way to Thingvellir the national park. In the geothermal area you will find many muddy waterholes and hot springs. The activity has increased for some years.
Some warm loving plants are in this area and some of them are rear. Colorful hot spring microorganisms make up the environment and the colorful brooks running from the hot springs lets you think you are in wonderland. The microorganisms are a part of a bacteria family and some are very rear.
How to get to Reykjadalur
There are two ways to visit Reykjadalur. From the top or from the bottom. If you are coming from Reykjavik, and if you like to start at the top you need to turn left of the road #1 just before you get to Kambar. The road you turn into is a gravel road leading to a parking area.
If you like to start from the bottom you drive all the way to Hveragerði and go through the town, head for the Gold Course. Just before you arrive at the Golf course turn left and a little further you will see a parking area.
Stay on the trail. It is dangerous to step off the trail. You can easily step into a hole full of burning water. On the trail are numbered signs. If you need to call 112 for help you need to give them the number of the last sign you passed.
You need to stay on the trail also to protect this area. Please respect this vulnerable nature.
The area around the hot springs is very colorful and you can see all the spectrum of pink, blue, green, red and yellow. This is a great area to take photos.
When you get to the river you can walk up by it and the higher you get the higher temperature you will find. Select your spot and temperature and have a lovely bath. Some are wearing their swimming suite, some are wearing their underwear and some are naked. Do what ever you like but please respect other visitors.
Respect the nature
Please help us to protect this area. Stay on the trail. Do not litter. If the condition is very wet or muddy please do not go any further. Help us to protect this area for future generations.
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Þórhallur / Thorhallur
Founder of FactsAboutIceland.com