Reykjadalur Hot Spring River Trail

EASY 54 reviews

Reykjadalur Hot Spring River Trail is a 7.1 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hveragerði, Southern, Iceland that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.1 km
ELEVATION GAIN
299 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

hot springs

river

waterfall

wildlife

hiking
muddy
no shade
rocky
snow
5 days ago

Fun trail with awesome views to and from the hot springs. The first 1.5km are more difficult than the second 1.5km. The trail was muddy and snowy at times so, therefore I was glad to have on my boots. Highly recommend getting into the hot springs once arriving even if it is the winter the hot springs are extremely relaxing and warm.

hiking
1 month ago

The hike to the hot river is all uphill, but you get gorgeous views the whole thing way. There are tons of geothermal pools along the way that give off boiling steam that can cover the trail! The river is mostly warm but the farther back you go, the hotter it gets. We swam for about 20 minutes before getting a bit chilly in the water. The park provides changing stations and a boardwalk to leave your things while you are in! Overall, a great experience.

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snow
2 months ago

Nice hike in winter ...
pretty busy but nice to get to the river with plenty of views along the way
Did it with my 6 years old. A little hard for him but he made it fine
Bring snack and towel !

2 months ago

Great hike with a lot of variation and great views.

We went mid February and showed up around 8:30am. We didn’t see anyone else until we were on our way out about 11am.

The hike in was a little more difficult than the easy rating. There was a decent amount of snow on the ground and with the recent rain/more mild temperatures it was a little difficult to hike through - the snow was quite heavy. Dress prepared. Much easier hike out as most of the incline is on the way in.

The stream was quite nice and it started snowing while we were there. We didn’t try to move for warmer water, but would recommend. There are change facilities, but no toilets/outhouses. There are some steps to access the stream more easily.

The sun came out on our hike back and got to enjoy some of the views even more.

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snow
2 months ago

Fun hike., so beautiful covered in snow. Can be slick in some places though.

4 months ago

Walked in high winds at the very end of November. The pool at the top of the board walk was really hot, even though it was starting to snow :)

5 months ago

Beautiful scenery. Easy hiike

hiking
6 months ago

The hike itself has some very nice views. We went the day after it snowed in early October. It was a bit cold and rainy. No one warned us until we walked through the rain for 2 miles... but the river was cold and no one was in it! We have no idea why... maybe that’s what happens after it snows. Keep this in mind if you try to go during the winter.

6 months ago

One of my favourite hikes in Iceland. Agree with others that it is more medium than easy but definitely worth the climb to be treated to a dip in the natural springs.

hiking
6 months ago

The walk in was a bit steeper than the ‘easy’ implied- but good. The path is well maintained. We headed out around 10:30 am and it took us about an hour to walk to the river. Uphill most of the way. The river was lovely. Nice charging areas and plenty of places to sit. Some had suggested that the further upstream the hotter the water. Overall a beautiful hike and afternoon!

6 months ago

Lovely hike with a wonderful reward at the end. definitely bring your swimming gear!!! the temperature is lovely and perfect to relax in after a hike

Beautiful even at night! We started hiking at 10:30pm during sunset and arrived at the springs at about 11:30. We didn't see anyone else at the springs, very peaceful. The water was the perfect temperature for a nice dip, not too hot so we could stay in for a while. definitely doing this again!

hiking
8 months ago

Active climb. Gravel path all the way up, moderate beginning to flat mid-section and loop with periods of uphill. Lots of horse manure on the out-and-back, sheep manure on the loop. Bugs made it somewhat miserable on the hike back as the day warmed up. Not too much to see if you’ve already been to Geysir, but it’s Iceland so everything is pretty.

8 months ago

With hot speings! Defenitly go for the hike and bring swim suit

9 months ago

I'd say moderate hike (at least with our difficult windy rainy conditions), but so worth it! Tons of geothermal activity. Bring your suit but I was a little bummed that the river we swam in was a bit shallow and about as hot as a bath (not a hot tub). But still recommend this !

9 months ago

We hiked to the river swimming area and back, 4.6 miles. Very pretty and make sure you bring a swimsuit!

hiking
10 months ago

This was a fun hike. That being said the out and back to the bathing area is an easy hike. We followed the map provided here and completed the 7 miles which goes beyond the bathing area doing a loop and then joining the trail at the bathing area and back down. The upper loop should not be considered easy and hiking boots should be worn. There is a spot where the trail narrows and chains are fastened to rocks that help you hang on. We were not in shoes with enough traction and had to cross here barefoot.

hiking
11 months ago

Did this hike in mid March. We were the first car in the parking lot ~7AM. The first 2-ish miles have a decent amount of elevation gain. Unfortunately there was some dense fog in spots so we couldn't enjoy the views as much as we would have liked. The thermal river is really interesting. It was in the low 30's F when we were there, so we did our best to submerge our bodies entirely. It's almost more of a stream than a river (at least by my American standards). Getting out was definitely the worst part. Having to dry off and change while it was snowing was an interesting experience. 2 other couples came while we were in the water, and saw several more people hiking up on our way down. Get there early if you want some privacy.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Beautiful! It can get a little slippery on certain parts but there was usually enough gravel to mix with the snow and ice that it wasn’t too bad. Very well marked hike but would recommend good hiking boots! I’d also recommend continuing past the hot springs for just a little bit. My husband and I were able to see a beautiful waterfall a little further down that we wouldn’t have even known was there!

hiking
Sunday, October 22, 2017

This is a great trail, lots of thermal activity to see. The hot spring river is nice to soak in, there are 2 sided chest high platforms to change up but your sure to show a little cheek. The end is not as warm as Id have liked so go further up if ypu want warmer. tThe elevation gain is pretty serious the first 1.1km or so of about 330m. def worth the effort and time. leave yourself at least 3 to 4 hrs to hike and soak and take photos.

hiking
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Pretty hike with a soothing payoff at the end. As of this review the address within AllTrails is incorrect...the trailhead is located next to the Hot River Cafe!

hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

We hiked this in July of 2017. The trail is not 11 miles, maybe 4 round trip (assuming you stop at the hot river - you can certainly hike on). Was a neat trail with lots of geothermal activity along the way. 3 star rating is due to the crowds...definitely the most crowded hike we did in Iceland!

hiking
1 month ago

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