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A Native’s Favorite Geothermal Areas in Iceland


Hverarönd geothermal area Krafla North-Iceland

My nation, Iceland, is usually known as The Land of Fireplace and Ice. It’s a nation of contrasts with all its glaciers, volcanos and geothermal areas. On this travel-blog, I’m going to indicate you a compilation of my favorite geothermal areas, with a hyperlink to the travel-blogs the place I’ve written about them intimately.

I’ve visited a lot of Iceland’s geothermal areas on my travels in my nation, and it’s otherworldly mountaineering in between the hissing vents, boiling mud swimming pools, and spouting geysers surrounded by the breathtaking geothermal colors.

Prime picture: Hverarönd by Mt. Námafjall in North-Iceland

1. Geothermal Areas in South and Southwest Iceland

The Geysir Geothermal Space

Strokkur eruptingThe bubble of Strokkur bursting

The perfect-known geothermal space in Iceland is, in fact, the Geysir geothermal space the place Strokkur erupts roughly with an 8-minute-interval – give or take a few minutes – some 25-35 meters within the air.

Nearly all of guests to my nation wish to see this space. It’s a large a part of the Golden Circle route along with Gullfoss waterfall and Þingvellir nationwide park.

Strokkur erupting

Strokkur erupting

The Geysir space is breathtaking, and I by no means tire of visiting it. Aside from Strokkur, which is the most well-liked attraction right here, you’ll be able to see a number of mud swimming pools and scorching springs.

Like Blesi scorching spring, which is split into two and appears like two blue eyes. One eye has acquired probably the most spectacular azure color, and the opposite one is nearly clear.

Blesi hot spring

One of many eyes of Blesi scorching spring

We even have Konungshver – King’s Sizzling Spring right here and Litli-Geysir – Little-Geysir and lots of many extra fascinating scorching springs.

I’ve written intimately about this, probably the most well-known geothermal space in Iceland, in my travel-blog:

The spectacular Geysir Geothermal Space – Strokkur and all the opposite Sizzling Springs

Seltún – Krýsuvíkurhverir Geothermal SpaceSeltún geothermal area

At Seltún geothermal space

The closest geothermal space to Reykjavík in southwest Iceland is the colorful geothermal space Seltún – Krýsuvíkurhverir scorching springs. It’s positioned some 40 km away from Reykjavík, which makes it a well-liked space to go to, by locals and vacationers alike.

The geothermal space at Seltún has acquired picket paths and two viewing platforms. On account of a few explosions, elements of this geothermal space have been restricted every so often.

Seltún SW-Iceland

One of many vibrant mud swimming pools at Seltún

I like the small print at Seltún and the extraordinary geothermal colors. I attempt to go to it when the solar is shining as then the colors come out and grow to be very vivid.

At a number of the geothermal areas, you’ll discover the overwhelming stink of sulfur – Seltún is certainly one of them. At Geysir, you do not discover the odor, however it may be overwhelming right here at Seltún.

A lot in order that one mud pool throughout the highway from Seltún is named Fúlipollur – or Foul Smelling Puddle.Seltún - the colourful Geothermal Area at Krýsuvík on the Reykjanes Peninsula in SW-Iceland

Fúlipollur or Foul Pool

The warmth on the Seltún geothermal space is 80-100 levels C, so let’s watch out right here, maintain on to the youngsters, and all the time preserve to the marked trails and pathways.

See additionally my travel-blog: Seltún – the colorful Geothermal Space at Krýsuvík on the Reykjanes Peninsula in SW Iceland.

Gunnuhver Geothermal SpaceGunnuhver geothermal area

Gunnuhver

Near Seltún, there may be one other fascinating geothermal space – this one is known as after a ghost – Gunnuhver geothermal space.

Right here on the Gunnuhver geothermal space, you’ll discover Iceland’s largest mud pool. The steam is so huge right here that you simply threat getting misplaced within the steam – however just for a short time. 

Gunnuhver geothermal area

Gunnuhver

Seeing that it is a volcanic space on the tectonic plates, then now we have a number of earthquakes right here, and every so often Gunnuhver goes amok, taking pictures clay in all instructions.

In my picture above, you will notice the outdated remark platform – proper in the midst of the mud pool. So let’s all the time be additional cautious right here.

Gunnuhver geothermal area

Gunnuhver

See additionally my travel-blog: Have you ever met the offended Ghost at Gunnuhver Mud Pool in Reykjanes in SW Iceland? 

Reykjadalur Geothermal SpaceReykjadalur valley geothermal area

Reykjadalur valley

My most generally learn travel-blog is a weblog I wrote about Reykjadalur valley the place you’ll be able to hike as much as a heat river, during which it’s heavenly to soak. 

This valley has all the time been standard amongst us locals and is now a favorite amongst our overseas guests as properly. A forty five km drive from Reykjavík will take you to the parking zone from the place the hike begins.

Reykjadalur valley geothermal area

Geothermal colors in Reykjadalur valley

The comparatively simple (a bit upwards) 3-km hike into the geothermal valley will take some 45-60 minutes to finish.

Within the scorching spring valley, you will notice a myriad of scorching springs and dirt swimming pools and this stunning heat river. Additionally, you will discover some vibrant geothermal crops, a few of them of endangered species.

Reykjadalur valley geothermal area - Regína soaking in the hot river

Soaking within the heat river in Reykjadalur

A bit of bit above the nice and cozy river you’ll discover a stupendous gorge, Klambragil, and a small geothermal space. One spot right here, particularly, is magical. It’s known as the press scorching spring contained in the rock. It’s fairly superb listening to the recent water boiling contained in the cliff!

I even acquired a letter from one traveller who requested if she may use this clicking sound of the recent spring in some music she was composing 🙂

See additionally my travel-blog: 

Reykjadalur Valley – Bathe in a Sizzling River in South Iceland! In my travel-blog, I’ve written an in depth description of the hike and valley.

Frost og Funi – The Frost and Fireplace ResortThe Frost and Fire hotel

The Frost and Fireplace Resort

After certainly one of my hikes as much as Reykjadalur valley, I stayed at Resort Frost og funi – the Frost and Fireplace lodge, which is mid-way between Hveragerði city and the beginning of the hike as much as the Reykjadalur valley.

We beloved our keep, and it was heavenly soaking within the scorching tub listening to the press sounds of the recent spring reverse the Varmá river. 

Hveragerði geothermal area

The geothermal space above Hveragerði

You may as well go to a geothermal space above the lodge. Cross the bridge on the Varmá river by the lodge and switch proper for the geothermal.

Be very cautious right here. After the earthquake Suðurlandsskjálftinn in 2008, this complete space modified, and new scorching springs and dirt swimming pools appeared.

The geothermal area above Hveragerði

The geothermal space above Hveragerði

Exterior the lodge, you’ll discover a hot-spring in which you’ll be able to boil eggs for breakfast. You get a fishing rod and a internet from the lodge and mushy boil an egg in 10 minutes and exhausting boil an egg in quarter-hour if my reminiscence serves me proper. 

Regína boiling an egg in a hot springBoiling an egg for breakfast – you’ll be able to see hverabrauð – scorching spring rye bread being cooked within the scorching spring.

You may see many extra photographs in my travel-blog: A improbable Keep on the Frost and Fireplace Resort on the Banks of Varmá River in South-Iceland 

Nesjavellir Geothermal SpaceNesjavellir geothermal area

One other stunning geothermal space near Reykjavík is the Nesjavellir geothermal space. It is vitally vibrant and various, and a hike on this space will go away no man untouched, particularly on a sunny day when the geothermal colors are very vivid.

The geothermal space at Nesjavellir; Nesjalaugar, and Köldulaugar, are as vibrant as these areas get, starting from a mess of shades of brown, yellow, and orange to the brightest crimson colors with probably the most vivid blue of the geothermal water.Nesjavellir geothermal area

Nesjalaugar geothermal space

I need to say that this hike is amongst my favorite hikes in Iceland. I’m not an enormous hiker, so this simple hike is simply up my alley, and it’s a feast for the eyes and the spirit.

Let’s all the time be very cautious right here and all the time persist with the paths and by no means take any dangers. These stunning areas are harmful, in any case.

Nesjavellir geothermal area - Regína by Köldulaugar

By Köldulaugar

Köldulaugar scorching springs actually translate into Chilly scorching springs, however this space is crammed with fumaroles and solfataras – mud springs, so do not get fooled by the title; it is a extremely geothermal space.

Right here you will notice extra brownish and yellow colors of silica and sulfur deposits with crimson veins within the small creeks – that’s the crimson color of the iron compound. 

See additionally my travel-blog:

A really vibrant Hike by means of the Hengill Geothermal Space at Nesjavellir in South-West Iceland the place I present you the hike intimately.

A Helicopter Experience to ÖlfusvatnslaugarÖlfusvatnslaugar geothermal area

Ölfursvatnslaugar geothermal space

I’ve solely as soon as flown in a helicopter, and I used to be in luck that the solar was shining brightly in Reykjavík. The pilot took us on a scenic tour of the town and landed simply east of Reykjavík in a stupendous geothermal space, Ölfusvatnslaugar additionally known as Hagavíkurlaugar.

I had by no means visited this stunning geothermal space earlier than, and the pilot informed us that it could take hours to hike as much as it.

Ölfusvatnslaugar geothermal area

Ölfursvatnslaugar geothermal space

Shortly after we had landed one other helicopter arrived from the identical firm Norðurflug.  It was fairly surreal seeing the helicopter hovering above and touchdown on this stunning space.

All in all, the helicopter journey with the cease at this stunning geothermal space took solely 1 hour. To me, although, it felt that it was a day tour as each the journey and the geothermal space have been so thrilling and had left me elated.

Extremely really helpful, particularly on a sunny day 🙂

Ölfusvatnslaugar geothermal area

Ölfursvatnslaugar geothermal space

See how the earth is boiling and cracking from the acute geothermal warmth? Let’s all the time keep on the paths and grassy areas, as these geothermal areas are hazardous.

However following all security precautions a go to to those geothermal areas is a delight and certainly one of my favorite actions in my nation.

See additionally my travel-blog: 

A improbable Helicopter journey with Norðurflug from Reykjavík to a Geothermal Space in South-Iceland

2. Geothermal Areas in West Iceland

Deildartunguhver – Europe’s Most Highly effective Sizzling SpringDeildartunguhver hot spring

Deildartunguhver

In West Iceland you’ll discover probably the most intensive geothermal scorching spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver. Deildartunguhver scorching spring gives 180 l/sec of 97° scorching water. The recent spring is harnessed, and the water is used for heating the homes within the close by cities of Akranes and Borgarnes.

Deildartunguhver is an enormous scorching spring, however solely 40% of the geothermal spring water may be seen on the floor. It’s a collection of scorching springs masking some 50 meters. It’s fenced off for our security because it has been recognized to indicate some motion and begin spouting scorching water in all instructions.

Deildartunguhver hot spring

Deildartunguhver

That is one other geothermal space like Gunnuhver in southwest Iceland, the place the steam can engulf you, making it exhausting to get a good picture.

Among the rocks are vibrant crimson in color, and one of many vents in Deildartunguhver acquired the title Sláturhver or Slaughter scorching spring! The gorgeous inexperienced moss enhances the redness of the lava, making for a stupendous picture.

Regína soaking in Krauma spa by Deildartunguhver hot spring

Soaking in Krauma

A brand new addition to this space is Krauma geothermal baths subsequent to Deildartunguhver, the place the water from the recent spring is used for 5 scorching tubs.

You may as well take a dip within the chilly water coming straight from the previous glacier Okay.

Krauma is such a stunning addition to this space. Deildartunguhver and Krauma are on the Silver Circle of Iceland.

Krauma spa by Deildartunguhver hot spring

Krauma

See additionally my travel-blog about Deildartunguhver, Krauma, and the spectacular Silver Circle of Iceland:

The dramatic Silver Circle of West-Iceland

Árhver/Vellir – The Sizzling Spring within the Center of a RiverÁrhver - Vellilr geothermal hot spring in a river

Árhver scorching spring 

Not removed from Deildartunguhver and Krauma you’ll discover a scorching spring in the center of the Reykjadalsá river. Most individuals overlook it. This scorching spring goes by 4 names; Árhver, Vellir, Vellindishver, and Vellineshver scorching spring. 

Árhver is named Iceland’s most peculiar scorching spring. Árhver is round 1 meter in diameter with about 100°C scorching water! It’s got a stream of 10-15 liters per second.

It’s pretty sitting by the recent spring on a moonlit summer time evening listening to the clicks of the recent spring and the sounds of nature.

Learn extra in my travel-blog: Árhver/Vellir in West Iceland – Have you ever ever seen a Sizzling Spring within the Center of a River?

3. Geothermal Areas in North Iceland

Hverarönd by Mt. NámafjallHverir geothermal area

Hverir geothermal space

The perfect-known geothermal space up north is named Hverir or Hverarönd by Mt. Námafjall. It is without doubt one of the largest sulfur spring areas in Iceland and could be very simply accessible as it’s proper by the ring highway.

The effervescent and hissing geothermal space covers some 4 km2. Right here you will notice some huge fumaroles and steaming vents, which have given a nick-name to this space; Eldhús djölfulsins or Hell’s Kitchen.

Hverir geothermal area

Hverir geothermal space – I used to be alone right here in the summertime of 2020

There’s a lingering robust odor of sulfur within the air – and the steam and fumarole fuel are in every single place, amongst them, hydrogen sulfide. 

That is the one space the place I’ve acquired sulfur poisoning! The wind was so robust that it blew the fumes proper into my face leaving me with a nasty headache and nausea for some days. Simply watch out and luxuriate in this marvellous geothermal space.

See additionally my travel-blog: 

Mývatn in North-Iceland – Half IV – Mt. Námafjall, Krafla & Leirhnjúkur Geothermal Areas

Leirhnjúkur Geothermal SpaceLeirhnjúkur geothermal area

Leirhnjúkur

Leirhnjúkur is one other very vibrant geothermal space within the Krafla space with pretty good geothermal colors. I all the time really feel like I stepped right into a moon-like panorama after I go to Leirhnjúkur.

There are such a lot of contrasts at Leirhnjúkur, the volcano itself is crimson, pink, and orange and the geothermal water is opaque blue and white.Leirhnjúkur geothermal area

Leirhnjúkur

Mt. Leirhnjúkur rises 592 meters above sea stage, however solely 50 meters above the bottom, so that you may not even discover that it’s an precise volcano. The title of the mountain means Clay Hill.

This space has acquired the WOW issue large time, each the vivid geothermal colors and the black, still-smoking lava. I’m positive {that a} go to to Leirhnjúkur will go away no man untouched, I can solely communicate for myself, however this space has all the time acquired an excessive impact on me each time I go to it.

Leirhnjúkur geothermal area

Leirhnjúkur

Right here you’ll hike amidst smoking lava with boiling springs and see a myriad of fumaroles and vibrant effervescent scorching springs.

The black lava takes on all types of types, and you will notice little balls of yellow sulfur in some areas.

Measures have been taken again in the summertime of 2019 to protect this delicate space and to maintain individuals protected.

Regína at Leirhnjúkur geothermal area

Leirhnjúkur – holding a bit of sulfur

See extra photographs in my travel-blog: 

Mývatn in North-Iceland – Half IV – Mt. Námafjall, Krafla & Leirhnjúkur Geothermal Areas

The Geothermal Space by Stóra-Víti and KraflaStóra-Víti and Krafla geothermal area

Stóra-Víti and Krafla geothermal space

When you have time to go to the Krafla space reverse the highway from Leirhnjúkur, then I might suggest it. There’s a stunning geothermal space behind the Stóra-Víti explosion crater with probably the most hanging geothermal colors.

To succeed in this space you’ll have to stroll on the rim of Stóra-Víti crater, simply be beware that it might get very windy up there.

Stóra-Víti and Krafla geothermal area

Stóra-Víti and Krafla geothermal space

The trail was closed in the summertime of 2019 to maintain individuals protected and to protect this space. Individuals have been straying from the paths and placing themselves at risk as you’ll be able to see in my travel-blog about this space:

Mývatn in North-Iceland – Half IV – Mt. Námafjall, Krafla & Leirhnjúkur Geothermal Areas

Þeistareykir Geothermal SpaceRegína at Þeistareykir Geothermal Area

Þeistareykir

There’s one other stunning geothermal space up north that’s a lot much less visited than Hverarönd and the Krafla space.

It’s known as Þeistareykir geothermal space and is properly value a go to if you wish to be comparatively alone in nature.

The Þeistareykir space is a fumarole space with solfataras and clay swimming pools.

Þeistareykir Geothermal Area

Þeistareykir

This space has been made very accessible now that Þeistareykir has constructed a brand new geothermal energy station. There are two methods of visiting this space; on a bumpy gravel highway from Mývatn and on a newly paved highway from Húsavík.

Right here at Þeistareykir, the earth is orange and vibrant crimson, white and yellow, with gray mud swimming pools and fumes rising out of the earth giving a mysterious really feel to this space. Particularly if you already know the outdated ghost tales.

There are additionally a number of tales of polar bear sightings at Þeistareykir, all of which you’ll be able to examine in my travel-blog about this space.

Þeistareykir Geothermal Area

Þeistareykir

You’ll discover the hanging yellow color – that is sulfur and there was sulfur mining right here at Þeistareykir for our Danish king, who wanted gunpowder for the Danish military.

Sulfur was additionally mined at the Mt. Námafjall space at Mývatn and the Krýsuvíkurhverir geothermal space in southwest Iceland, which I’ve informed you about earlier. 

I took this video throughout my first go to to Þeistareykir. It was raining closely, and you’ll hear the rain in my video. On my subsequent go to, the solar was shining making the geothermal colors vibrant and vivid 🙂

See additionally my travel-blog:

The colorful Þeistareykir Geothermal Space in North-Iceland

Baðstofuhver at Hveravellir in ReykjahverfiBaðstofuhver at Hveravellir North-Iceland

Baðstofuhver scorching spring

At Hveravellir in Reykjahverfi in North Iceland, you’ll discover a stupendous geyser known as Baðstofuhver scorching spring – however “baðstofa” means the lounge and bed room in the outdated Icelandic turf homes. Different names for this scorching spring are Ystihver and Norðurhver.

This scorching spring is so spectacular and if it have been nonetheless spouting prefer it used to, it could be a serious vacationer attraction on this space. It spouts a bit as you’ll be able to see in my video beneath.

There are numerous extra scorching springs right here at Hveravellir however they’ve been harnessed by the farmers, as the recent springs are actually of their yard.

Wondermondo has acquired an excellent description of this geothermal space in English. 

4. Geothermal Areas within the Highland of Iceland

Askja – Víti CraterAskja - Víti crater in the highland of Iceland

Víti explosion crater

Now, that is an distinctive space to go to, and it takes some doing! A day tour will information you thru the rugged Highland of Iceland till you attain an enormous explosion crater with white and opaque blue geothermal water. It’s fairly a particular geothermal space, certainly.

The 150 meters in diameter crater is crammed with a 22-26 levels C geothermal lake (stinking of sulfur), during which one can bathe. Right here you will notice geothermal colors and unusual lava formations in abundance

Askja - Víti crater in the highland of Iceland

Individuals struggling to go to the steep explosion crater

I’ve by no means had the time to dip into the recent water however took photographs of a myriad of individuals sliding down the edges of the explosion crater.

This space may be harmful as a result of landslides and earthquakes, which occurred right here in 2014, proper after I had visited Askja for the primary time.

Then the calm water wouldn’t have been this easy, and it could have been extraordinarily harmful bathing in it.Askja - Víti crater in the highland of Iceland

Taking a shower within the Víti explosion crater

See additionally my travel-blog: 

An incredible Tour to Askja and Holuhraun Lava Subject within the Highland of Iceland

Kerlingarfjöll – Hveradalir Geothermal SpaceKerlingarfjöll geothermal area

Kerlingarfjöll geothermal space

One geothermal space, particularly, all the time blows my thoughts; the Hveradalir geothermal space in Mt. Kerlingarfjöll, which is without doubt one of the largest high-temperature geothermal areas in Iceland.

This space has acquired the WOW issue large time, and irrespective of how usually I go to this extraordinary space, I’m blown away.

Kerlingarfjöll geothermal area

Kerlingarfjöll geothermal space

Right here we discover ourselves some 6-700 meters above sea stage in an enormous mountain vary which is nestled between the glaciers, Langjökull and Hofsjökull, that are Iceland’s 2nd and third largest glaciers. 

A number of trails lead by means of this huge high-temperature geothermal space, and you’ll take each lengthy and quick hikes right here. 

Regína at Kerlingarfjöll geothermal area

Kerlingarfjöll geothermal space

The entire geothermal space is hissing, boiling, and effervescent, and it’s considerably scary mountaineering on this space, witnessing the huge scorching forces of nature in motion.

Costume warmly as even within the summertime it might get fairly chilly being so excessive up within the Highland of Iceland.

See additionally my travel-blog with many extra photographs and descriptions of this space: 

An interesting Hike by means of the Geothermal Space of Hveradalir in Mt. Kerlingarfjöll

Hveravellir Geothermal SpaceHveravellir geothermal area Öskurhóll hot spring

Öskurhóll scorching spring 

Among the most stunning geothermal scorching springs in Iceland may be discovered at Hveravellr Within the central highland of Iceland.

This geothermal space is, for my part, one of many pearls of Iceland, an oasis 650 meters above sea stage. 

Right here you’ll discover a stupendous geothermal space with extraordinary stunning scorching springs, boiling mud swimming pools, and huffing and puffing fumaroles. Visiting this space makes it exhausting to consider that that is nature and never an artwork gallery.

Hveravellir - the beautiful Oasis in the Highlands of Iceland

Fagrihver scorching spring

Fagrihver – Pretty Sizzling Spring is without doubt one of the most stunning scorching springs I’ve seen in my nation, this pretty little azure blue eye is surrounded by probably the most stunning white geyserite. Is not it pretty?

And Öskurhólshver – Roaring Mound can also be a really distinctive scorching spring as sounds are coming from it like it’s roaring. It used to whistle, however has now stopped and solely roars. You may hear it roaring in my video beneath.

Hveravellir geothermal area - Regína soaking in the pool

The beautiful scorching pool at Hveravellir

At Hveravellir you’ll discover a heat pool within the river. It’s so pretty soaking within the heated pool at Hveravellir, simply heavenly. However be ready to get undressed and dressed solely carrying a towel.

Not less than that has been the scenario when I’ve visited Hveravellir; there have been no altering rooms.

See additionally my travel-blog with much more photographs and movies and tales concerning the outlaws Fjalla-Eyvindur and Halla: 

Hveravellir – the gorgeous Oasis within the Highland of Iceland

LandmannalaugarLandmannalaugar in the highland of Iceland

Landmannalaugar – the Pearl of the Central Highland of Iceland – is a improbable space to go to.

Right here you will notice probably the most stunning rhyolite mountains and hills and mountains in a mess of colors. 

Whereas taking a hike in Grænagil canyon and additional as much as Mt. Brennisteinsalda, we handed a small geothermal space.

Landmannalaugar in the highland of Iceland

Simply earlier than we reached the colorful mountain, the obnoxious odor of sulfur stuffed the air. It got here from a large mud pool on the hill.

Ever since I acquired sulfur poisoning on the Hverir geothermal space in North Iceland, this robust odor makes me nauseous.

Landmannalaugar - a Geothermal Tour with breathtaking Rhyolite Mountains

See additionally my travel-blog: 

Landmannalaugar the Pearl of the Central Highland of Iceland.

5. Geothermal Areas within the Westfjords of Iceland

Reykjanes within the Westfjords of IcelandKolahver hot spring at Reykjanes in the Westfjords of Iceland

Kolahver scorching spring

Whereas I stayed on the Reykjanes lodge within the Westfjords of Iceland, I visited the geothermal space behind the lodge, subsequent to the ocean. By the lodge is without doubt one of the greatest swimming swimming pools I’ve visited in Iceland, the lengthy and scorching swimming pool Reykjaneslaug (50 x 12.5 metres).

Friends on the lodge can use the swimming pool totally free, however there may be an entrance price for different guests. 

Gamla laugin old pool at Reykjanes in the Westfjords of Iceland

The outdated swimming pool behind the lodge – Gamla laugin

By the geothermal space, you’ll discover an outdated swimming pool “Gamla laugin” the place swimming classes occurred earlier than the swimming pool by the lodge was erected. The swimming pool by the geothermal space is not in use.

This outdated swimming pool was inbuilt 1889, however there was a good older swimming pool product of turf, erected in 1837. There aren’t any traces of that swimming swimming pools, however the molten swimming pool was probably constructed on the ruins of the older one (Ref. Rafhlaðan – Fornleifar Reykjanesi)

Reykjaneslaug hot swimming pool in Reykjanes in the Westfjords of Iceland

The beautiful swimming pool at Reykjanes by the lodge

For additional studying concerning the scorching swimming pools within the Westfjords of Iceland, try my travel-blogs:

A beautiful Go to to Reykjanes within the Westfjords of Iceland

 Sizzling Swimming pools within the Westfjords of Iceland – a Collection of the Pure Swimming pools I’ve visited.

Reykhólar Geothermal SpaceEynireykir hot spring at Reykhólar Westfjords

Einireykir scorching spring

I stayed on the pretty Reykhólar within the south a part of the Westfjords for 3 days and checked out the world.

Whereas strolling to Lómatjörn pond – the Pond of the Loom, I handed by a small geothermal space.

The title of the scorching spring in my picture above is Einireykir or Eini Reykir.

Einireykir hot spring Reykhólar Westfjords

The purple flower in my picture beneath is named vatnamynta in Icelandic – Mentha aquatica and is preserved. It could solely be present in three locations in Iceland. A German gardener cultivated flowers at Reykjanes by Djúp (see my earlier tip).

He introduced the vatnamynta to Iceland and despatched it to Svanshóll in Bjarnafjörður at Strandir and right here to Reykhólar. So this flower can solely be seen right here in these 3 places within the Westfjords of Iceland.

 Mentha aquatica - Vatnamynta in Reykhólar geothermal area

Vatnamynta – Mentha aquatica

See additionally my travel-blogs about this pretty space: 

Three days of enjoyable at Reykhólar within the Westfjords of Iceland – Half 1

Strandir – Krossneshverar Geothermal SpaceKrossneshverir geothermal area at Strandir

Krossneshverir geothermal space at Strandir

Within the distant Strandir within the Westfjords of Iceland, you’ll discover a small geothermal space, Krossneshverar scorching springs, and dirt swimming pools.

On the opposite facet of the highway, you’ll discover a stunning swimming pool, Krossneslaug, to which geothermal water from the geothermal space is directed. Krossneslaug is usually known as the best-kept secret within the Westfjords.Krossneslaug swimming pool at Strandir in the Westfjords of Iceland

Krossneslaug swimming pool

The rationale why it’s known as this title is that you simply can not go any additional by automotive within the Strandir space than at Krossneslaug (properly a few km additional on, however then you’ll have to flip the automotive round). It’s pretty soaking on this heat swimming pool at Laugarvík cove proper subsequent to the North Atlantic sea.

Icelandic folklore tells us about the sorcerer and poet Jón lærði Guðmundsson signing a contract with the satan within the seventeenth century to channel the water from the geothermal springs into the close by farm – with out success. I have never been capable of finding a supply for this folklore although.

Regína in Krossneslaug swimming pool

Soaking in Krossneslaug swimming pool

You may learn extra about Strandir in my travel-blog:

 The distant Strandir within the Westfjords of Iceland – Stillness & Sorcery.

6. Different Geothermal Areas Which I Have Visited on my Travels in Iceland

Skíðaskálinn í HveradölumHveradalir geothermal area South-Iceland

Hveradalir geothermal space South-Iceland

You can find a small geothermal space by Skíðaskálinn í Hveradölum – the Snowboarding Lodge in Hveradalir – Sizzling Spring Valley.

The snowboarding lodge was inbuilt 1935, and I’ve very fond recollections from right here since after I was a bit lady and stayed on the inn on a number of events.Hveradalir geothermal area South-Iceland

A effervescent mud pool in Hveradalir valley

This space is amongst probably the most energetic geothermal areas in Iceland, and only a stone’s throw away from Hveradalir valley you’ll discover the biggest geothermal energy station in Iceland, Hellisheiðarvirkjun

Once we have been little, we have been all the time informed concerning the risks of the geothermal areas, and I particularly bear in mind being informed by no means to go too shut to those mud swimming pools at Hveradalir.Hveradalir geothermal area South-Iceland

Hveradalir geothermal space 

That is simply how we locals are introduced up, and it is not uncommon data right here that geothermal areas are harmful. That’s the reason we by no means take any dangers right here.

I’ve observed that a few of our overseas guests do not respect the hazards of those scorching geothermal areas.

Many accidents have occurred in Iceland’s geothermal areas, so be additional cautious and by no means cross the boundaries. In some areas, there aren’t any boundaries, so watch out and by no means go too shut or step on the mud.

We by no means know the place there are boiling springs and dirt swimming pools beneath a skinny crust of mud.

Gamla Laugin – The Secret LagoonVaðmálahver hot spring by the Secret Lagoon

Boling an egg in Vaðmálahver scorching spring

Upcountry in south Iceland you’ll discover the oldest swimming pool in Iceland – Gamla laugin a.okay.a the Secret Lagoon, built-in 1891. By the pool, there’s a small geothermal space, and on one of many events after I visited the lagoon I boiled eggs for supper – within the hot-spring Vaðmálahver!

I had joined a guided tour of the Golden Circle, and on the finish of the day tour, we acquired to soak within the Secret Lagoon. After a stunning soak and a therapeutic massage, we got a fishing rod and a internet during which to boil eggs within the scorching spring. Cooking eggs in scorching springs takes eight minutes.

The title of the recent spring, Vaðmálahver, stems from garments being washed on this specific scorching spring within the olden days. A Fantastic Visit to the Ice Cave in Langjökull Glacier - Snowmobiling and a Dip in the Secret Lagoon

Steam coming from the geothermal space by Gamla laugin – the Secret Lagoon

The water on the Secret Lagoon is 38-40° Celcius (100° Fahrenheit). It’s pretty visiting this lagoon all yr spherical. Within the summertime, you’re going to get virtually infinite daylight, and within the wintertime, when you have got a superb likelihood of seeing the Northern Lights whereas soaking within the scorching lagoon.

There are a number of different scorching springs by Gamla laugin, and right here you’ll discover Litli-Geysir, which erupts roughly at a 5-minute interval.

Be additional cautious on this geothermal space, as regardless that it would not look harmful, then the recent springs are extraordinarily scorching and boiling.  In October 2016 a vacationer stepped into the boundaries of the closed-off geothermal space and acquired excessive burn wounds when he fell right into a scorching spring 🙁

See additionally my travel-blogs: 

The Golden Circle and Floating within the Secret Lagoon at Flúðir in South-Iceland and

 A Improbable Go to to the Ice Collapse Langjökull Glacier – Snowmobiling and a Dip within the Secret Lagoon

Regína at Nesjavellir geothermal area SW-Iceland

Now, that is my tackle Iceland’s geothermal areas. There are numerous extra geothermal areas, which I’ve proven you in my travel-blogs, however these are the areas that I like visiting.

I only recently added this travel-blog concerning the geothermal space by Ölkelduháls: The colorful Geothermal Areas by Mt. Ölkelduhnúkur and Ölkelduháls in South Iceland

I hope you have got loved studying my travel-blog, which is part of the collection of my favorite places in Iceland 🙂

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Have a stunning time in Iceland 🙂

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