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Amazing place made by Nature

There are so many places to visit in Iceland and all so lost in the wilderness that we came across... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom
Our favourite hot spring experience in Iceland

After a week of hot spring hunting we felt this was our favourite outdoor, free and natural hot... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ottawa, Canada
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Hellisheidarvirkjun, Hveragerdi, Iceland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are so many places to visit in Iceland and all so lost in the wilderness that we came across this one by luck and it was such a good thing to find because we experienced something that was truly still in-contaminated or just brand...More

Thank andrewolf79
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After a week of hot spring hunting we felt this was our favourite outdoor, free and natural hot spring. The hike to get there is nice. The water is both hot and clean. As it is a running river with new clean water coming in...More

Thank Stratus222
Reviewed 30 September 2018

We made this our day 1 hike and it was worth every minute of it. I would suggest to time it better than we did since on our way back to the car park, a lot of gnats had come out and made it a...More

Thank m s
Reviewed 22 August 2018

The hike in took us right around an hour, and we weren't stopping much at all. It is uphill. It IS worth the HIKE. We wore our suits under our hiking clothes. After we were done, we had to wait to get behind one of...More

Thank Lukeoline
Reviewed 18 August 2018

This place is magical. I loved every minute of our time there and would highly recommend a visit. The water temperature is perfect and the surroundings are gorgeous. A few words of warning though. The 45 minute hike out to the bathing area is uphill....More

Thank Jo R
Reviewed 18 August 2018

This is a can't miss attraction if you're in the Hveragerdi area. The hike out to the river is mostly uphill and steepest at the beginning, but eventually levels out; there are some beautiful scenic vistas of the valley, town and ocean along the way....More

Thank Scott R
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Are we there yet may constantly echo through your head (or ears with small children) as you hike towards the river. It is uphill for most of the three-kilometer trail. However, the trial is maintained nicely and the parking lot has free bathrooms. I went...More

Thank travilingpilot
Reviewed 26 July 2018

We wanted to avoid the group bath blue lagoon and this was a magnificent alternative. We went in the a.m. after a local bakery coffee and croissant trip. A one hour hike and only a few other bathers in the river. Nice hike with great...More

1  Thank globalhappy
Reviewed 15 July 2018

Beautiful but intense hike up the side of a mountain while viewing steam all around. Hot river was gorgeous and felt wonderful. Open dressing areas.

1  Thank SPooh
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

The hike in is 90% uphill for 2.3 miles; it’s a workout. But well worth it! You will see hot muddy springs and hot clear springs along the hike. And sheep too! And the great plus is the Hot River is free. Because you are...More

1  Thank Amy F
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13 July 2018|
Response from Amy F | Reviewed this property |
I just hiked to the Hot River in Hverigerdi the evening of July 10 at about 8:30pm. We hiked out at 11:00pm and people were still hiking in! Relaxing in the river was a great way to spend the evening! And it was not very... More
21 May 2018|
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Response from Rande H | Reviewed this property |
We were there in March. Not sure why they would close the trail up to the springs. I would think the answer is on the internet.
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9 April 2017|
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Response from Maggie H | Reviewed this property |
It’s hard to explain exactly, I would go into the Hveragerdi info center, they are super nice and will be happy to help you