What you need to know about the Reykjadalur hot springs

There are numerous warm water sources in Iceland that flow into rivers creating natural hot springs. We visited one – and it was awesome! Here is what you need to know before you visit the Reykjadalur hot springs.

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Go early, very early

The start of the hike to the Reykjadalur hot springs are easily accessible from the main roads. It is only a 40 minutes’ drive from Reykjavik. There are local tour groups that can take you there and back, but you want to get there before them. The river isn’t that wide, so when it is a nice sunny day, the river can get quite crowded. You want to be there first, so that you can get a prime spot. Believe me, waking up earlier is really worth it.

Road to Reykjadalur hot springs Iceland

Be prepared for the hike

The hike from the car park to the hot spring is around 45 minutes’ walk. You need to take some comfortable shoes with you when you go. If you want to take some lunch and extra clothes with you, then a sturdy backpack will go a long way. We had to carry everything in shopping bags.

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No changing rooms

There isn’t a proper changing room at the hot springs. We changed into our swimwear while we were still at our accommodation. After the refreshing swim, we had to change behind the changing stalls, which gave us some privacy. You may need to get creative with a towel to improve the stall’s privacy.

Make sure you take your camera

The views on the way to the hot springs are breathtaking! It ranges from rolling hills of grassland to small geothermal hot pots spewing out steam every now and then. The whole place is made for a camera!

Reykjadalur hot springs Iceland waterfall

Make sure you take your waterproof camera

Once you are in the hot springs, the photos shouldn’t stop. We had a few Gopro cameras handy as well as a waterproof cellphone.

Reykjadalur hot springs Iceland swim

Enjoy the experience

You are in a hot spring in the middle of the mountains in Iceland! Enjoy it! When will you be in a hot spring again?

I highly recommend going to a hot spring when you visit Iceland. The Reykjadalur hot spring is worth it as it is accessible, free and a great experience. Have you visited a hot spring in Iceland before? Let me know in the comments below.

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7 thoughts on “What you need to know about the Reykjadalur hot springs

  • Natural hot springs are always best! I’ve been to the Blue Lagoon but it was just on a layover, I’d love to spend a bit more time driving around and finding these great spots. These are where memories are made!

  • This looks amazing!! I am really jealous haha. Your photos look great. It is good to know that there are no changing rooms and that it is approximately 45 minutes walking. I will remember to bring my camera! =)

  • Thanks for the tips on visiting Reykjadalur hot springs – we missed this when in Iceland last time, so will have to make sure we visit on our return. Great tip to get up early – I always take this approach when traveling, as you said, mainly to avoid the tour groups who usually arrive at their first destination around 10am. Good to know that there are no changing rooms, and great tip on the waterproof camera! I’ve learnt this the hard way before on similar excursions and not even thought that I would need a waterproof casing!

  • Reykjadalur hot springs look so good, I love being out in nature especially in hot water. Thanks for the tips though and I am definitely going to add this place to my list next time I go to Iceland. Getting up early and missing the crowds is definitely a good thing and know there are no change rooms, that can be a game changer sometimes if you are not prepared.

  • I totally missed this experience last time I was in Iceland (and am regretting it) because no one else joined the tour. What sort of waterproof case did you use for your cell phone? I’d like to bring one along on my adventures!

    • Hi Danielle
      I used a Gopro and some of my friends had waterproof cellphones with them. I am sure you will be able to buy a casing online that you can use if you phone isn’t waterproof already.

  • Really enjoyed it there! Also good to note that the hot springs merge into a cold water stream as well so you can regulate the temperature you want! Highly recommended

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