Reykjadalur Valley Hike

Sunrise at Reykjadalur hot spring river
Known as "Steam Valley," Reykjadalur Valley features a unique landscape of varying colors and terrains, complete with mystical steam seeping through the ground. Located just outside the town of Hveragerði (less than a 1-hour drive from Reykjavík), the valley is an important part of the Hengill Volcanic System.

Although the last eruption was over 2,000 years ago, the area is still very active with steaming mud pools, fumaroles (the openings in the Earth's crust that release steam), and a hot river flowing down from the mountainside. You can easily follow a well-marked trail that leads to the hot river. Here, if you wish, you can take a dip! The water's temperature varies, but it's usually warmer at the top and cools down as it flows. 

Check with local sources before venturing out, as the area is occasionally closed to protect its fragile vegetation (this happens more commonly in the winter months). It's best to stick to the paths, as the valley features exciting but dangerous boiling hot springs and geothermal activity. 

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Itineraries with Reykjadalur Valley Hike

Winter Northern Lights Adventure - 4 Days

This 4-day itinerary offers an introduction to the highlights of southern Iceland, keeping the active adventurer in mind. Experience awe-inspiring landscapes like glaciers, lava-flows, cascading waterfalls, and geothermal pools and rivers, ending each day in search of the Northern Lights. Hike, bike, and stroll as you traverse the rugged lands of Iceland, on foot or in a Super Jeep outfitted for the rough terrain.

Winter Highlights: Snowmobiling, Glacier Hike, & Northern Lights - 5 Days

Embark on a quick and eventful winter road trip through some of Iceland’s most popular destinations on this five-day itinerary. Go sightseeing in downtown Reykjavik, and enjoy the snowy views all around. Head out on glacier adventures at different destinations, from snowmobiling to hiking, and relish the frozen falls, including Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, and Skogafoss, during wintertime. Along the way, take in the Northern Lights, which are especially amazing while soaking in geothermal areas and lagoons.

South Coast & Laugavegur Trek - 10 Days

Discover two sides of Iceland on this 10-day trip. Begin in the Golden Circle, home to Þingvellir National Park, where the tectonic plates meet and go snorkeling in a fissure. Then, explore the waterfalls, black-sand beaches, and cliffs along the South Coast, followed by a day surrounded by stunning glaciers. Next, visit a few notable sites on the way back to Reykjavik, before hopping a bus to embark on the Laugavegur Trek for the next few days. Hike around the landscapes rich with volcanoes, mountains, scenic lakes, and deserts before reaching the iconic Thorsmork Valley. Return to the capital for one last night, and soak in the Blue Lagoon before departure.