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Submitted on Nov 02, 2018 Useful Info

How to get to the Reykjadalur hot river

  • The Reykjadalur hot river is not too hard to find, it's a pretty well-established tourist attraction, even though it's in the middle of nowhere
  • Before you go though, keep in mind that getting there requires a 50-90 minute hike uphill, and the path can be snowy between mid October and March. Personally it took me 50 min, but not gonna lie the constant uphill was pretty exhausting
  • Anyway, here's how to get there:
  • 1. Drive to the parking lot at the base of the hiking path. The entire way to the parking lot is paved road in excellent condition. It's really close to the town of Hveragerði, and is only about 1 hour drive away from Reykjavik

  • 2. Once at the parking lot, cross a tiny little wooden bridge across a stream to find this gate:

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  • 3. Open the gate, go through it, close it behind you. And just keep going until you see this sign:

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  • 4. Just follow the black path next to this sign. There won't be any detours, it will take you all the way to the hot river, and you'll see little pylons along the way to indicate you're on the right track. Again, this path gets pretty steep pretty quickly and you'll walking up and in the mountains. Also, you will need to hop across 4 narrow and extremely shallow streams on the way. When there's snow on the ground, the path can be a bit hard to see, but you will still see the outline of the path. This is what the path looks like up in the hill with snow:

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  • 5. When you're about 700 meters out from the hot river, you'll come across this sign:

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  • 6. And then after about 10 more minutes you'll come across some really hot, boiling, and steaming volcanic pools that smell awful (it's the smell of sulfur). You're almost there, keep going!

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  • 7. Finally, when you see these wooden paths, you've arrived! There are some rudimentary change areas you can use there and little staircases you can use to get into the river

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