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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.