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Reykjadalur Hot Spring River Trail

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Hveragerði, Southern, Iceland

Reykjadalur Hot Spring River Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hveragerði, Southern, Iceland that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 980 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

hot springs

river

waterfall

wildlife

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4 months ago

Went in the winter on a sunny day. Winds 5-7m/s. If you wear micro spikes it’s not a bad hike. Nicely marked trails if there is minimal snowfall. Can get super icy. It actually got kind of busy come noon time with many people looking to jump in the perfectly warmed water. It is very cold getting in and out, but they have changing barriers there.

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5 months ago

Great experience!!! But it was icy and I slipped several times. The contrast between the snow and the heat of the hot springs was amazing

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8 months ago

Nice little climb to great rewards at the end! Waterfalls and geysers along the way. We went on Oct 14 just before a rain and wind storm was going to move in. It was cool and exhilarating. After getting out of the hot springs we dried off pretty quickly with the wind. Brrrrr!

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8 months ago

Amazing trail! Would be dangerous in snow/very icy conditions, a few parts were slick. We went Oct 29 with cloudy weather but no wind or rain, but there were still a few icy patches we had to be careful on. Also I don’t recommend this trail if it’s extremely windy. The hot spring is so worth it at the end, I recommend going further up the stream it’s much hotter. Such a fun time! Would be a perfect midnight summer sun hike

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8 months ago

We went in October, early in the morning, there were only 2 of us in the River. Takes 1 hour, one way. Amazing view all the way along. Prepare with swim suits and towels. The higher part of the River is warmer (a cold River connects after 20 metres). It was very cold and super windy, still much fun! By the time we got back to the parking lot, it was full of cars, so try to go as early as you can.

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rocky
8 months ago

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9 months ago

Busy trail but worth it to get to the hot pools.

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no shade
rocky
9 months ago

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9 months ago

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9 months ago

Hiked this in June. The views were lovely, the weather was not too hot, and the hot spring river was a delight and not too crowded early in the morning. The steepest parts were in the first half and after that it was fairly level. There are horse tours on this trail so watch your step and do stay out of the way since they do come plowing through and can catch your at a bad place coming around a sharp bend/blind spot.

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bugs
10 months ago

Walked this trail 15 August. Beautiful weather...sunny for most of the day which brought the flies out. Luckily, they were not the biting type of gnats. Bring a big hat just in case. A few spots had loose gravel, which was sketchy on some of the returns, but nothing major. Quite hilly, so offers a decent workout. Nice scenery, various hot springs, waterfall, sheep with the payoff bring the river.Horses can go within 700 meters of the river, with the last portion a more narrow uphill slog. Water is wonderful, hotter the higher up you go. Be warned though, full of algae, which is not a problem for me. I clocked 3km in total. Took us about an hour going but 48 min back as we knew what we were in for. Some rain sprinkles on the return. This is a “must do” for anyone visiting Iceland, and can be a day trip from Reykjavik. Oh and in the winter this can be done but can be dangerous with the ice.

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10 months ago

Relatively easy terrain but moderate in the sense of steepness. On my gps it was 3km, about an hour hike. We arrived there late, 30min before sunset, so crowds were thin, arriving at the thermal springs is a surreal view, with the steam rising in between the mountains. We were lucky enough that the skies were clear, on the way down we saw the northern lights. If you go in the end of the day, take a flashlight, check the aurora forecast and don’t forget your camera with a tripod, it was a great spot to observe the auroras.

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muddy
10 months ago

Awesome hike. I tracked it at 2.5m each way. Gradually becomes more difficult because of the weather changes the higher up you get. I was in a dense fog, with heavy wind and rain when I got to the springs. Such a great payoff at the top, though.

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10 months ago

Short hike and thermal river give a perfect combination for enjoying what Iceland has to offer. A bit crowded, but you can always come in the morning when there's less people around.

Great little trail run can extend longer .... moderate at best

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10 months ago

This was so much better than we expected, and we had high expectations! Tons of space, beautiful views, variety of temps depending on where in the river you sit. A couple walls to change behind if you’re shy. 4 km hike to get there (2/3 of it is steep uphill). The hike down is a lot easier... Go early to avoid crowds. We started at 8:40.

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10 months ago

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bugs
10 months ago

Nice hike with beautiful scenery as you hike back into the lush valley. Challenging due to steep ascent and decent on the way back and you need to watch your footing in places. Don't believe the 3K distance sign, we clocked 2.5 miles in to the area where you can bathe in the river. Definitely bring a swimsuit as it is a special experience.

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10 months ago

Gorgeous trail with hot springs, sheep, waterfalls, and sights to see on great trail to a thermal pool to swim in. Favorite hike on the whole trip. Can keep going for harder trails or follow the beaten path.

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10 months ago

Lots of little flies as you hike up the mountain but they clear up and the views are spectacular. Awesome waterfall, hot spring river and sheep! Don’t forget to bring a bathing suit and towel - changing areas are quite public but no one seemed to care.

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11 months ago

The hike was a bit of a climb and felt much longer than 2.2 miles. Certainly a moderate hike. The trail is very pretty with beautiful views. You may also stumble on some sheep along the way as well. We were there late afternoon today - Friday - and there were a lot of people there. It was still managable and there weren't any traffic jams. The dip in the confluence of freezing and boiling spring water was well worth the time getting there. When visiting beautiful Iceland, I recommend this hike!

Beautiful day for a hike and a soak! We hit the trail at 0800, and didn’t see anyone else on the trail, and only 4-5 people in the river. The first half is a steep-ish climb, but once you see the waterfall, the rest is gently rolling and level. Trail very well maintained. Lots of small flies annoying you in the first half as well, and near the rivers. Just before you get to the river, there are a bunch of great hot springs to look at, and some sheep! River is very nice, great boardwalk and a wall to change behind. Soaking in the river was excellent, water is very warm and comfortable, water shoes are a good idea but not necessary. Returning back at 0930 we passed around 50 people going up, so highly recommend starting early if you want to avoid the crowds. Had a great morning, highly recommended!

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11 months ago

By far my favorite of several hikes the past few days. The reward is well worth it. So many people communing up and down along a warm stream. It's an uplifting experience, always a plus on a hike.

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muddy
Thu Jul 04 2019

Fun trail. A bit touristy so just go early. Don’t forget your swimsuit. We didn’t bring ours and wish we had.

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Tue Jun 25 2019

Nice hike to the hot springs and an even better hike if you continue above the hot springs in the volcanically actively vallies that follow beyond the hot springs. As other have mentioned, while not Hard, this is certainly not an Easy hike - solidly Moderate.

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