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The colourful Geothermal Areas by Mt. Ölkelduhnúkur and Ölkelduháls in South Iceland

Considered one of my favorite issues to do in Iceland when the solar is shining is visiting the geothermal areas. There may be one geothermal space, by Ölkelduháls and Ölkelduhnúkur in South Iceland, which I had meant to go to for a few years.

See additionally: A Native’s Favorite Geothermal Areas in Iceland

However we have been all the time in a rush when both visiting the cities Hveragerði and Selfoss or going additional east and returning house late, so we all the time handed the signal Ölkelduháls on Hellisheiði heath saying: “We should go to this geothermal space quickly“.

The colourful Geothermal Areas by Mt. Ölkelduhnúkur and Ölkelduháls in South Iceland

The gorgeous new middle in Selfoss city

We lastly succeeded in visiting this stunning geothermal space on a sunny day in July. It was our wedding ceremony anniversary, and we had simply returned again house after visiting the brand new middle in Selfoss.

The solar barely units in June and July right here in Iceland, so it was nonetheless sunshine once we returned again. So we made a fast determination to lastly go to this geothermal space.

The colourful Geothermal Areas by Mt. Ölkelduhnúkur and Ölkelduháls in South Iceland

The knowledge signal by the start of the hike to Reykjadalur – we arrived there within the night at 19:15

We turned from ring-road 1 on Hellisheiði heath onto a gravel street. The street turned out to be a foul, coarse gravel street with many potholes, so one has to drive slowly.

After we had pushed on this street for a few minutes we noticed a giant truck approaching us from the other way. And it was driving fairly quick!

There was no approach that we may meet this truck with out being pushed off the street!

The colourful Geothermal Areas by Mt. Ölkelduhnúkur and Ölkelduháls in South Iceland

Klambragil gorge

I used to be each anxious and questioning what a giant truck like this was doing on this slim street.

However as we met, for some unusual motive, in that very spot, there was sufficient house for us to drive off the street in order that the truck may move. 

We stopped the automobile by the start of the hike to Reykjadalur valley, as we noticed within the distance that there have been many massive vans and filming in course of within the precise geothermal space, the place we have been headed.

The colourful Geothermal Areas by Mt. Ölkelduhnúkur and Ölkelduháls in South Iceland

There are lots of scorching springs on this geothermal space

So we selected going for a hike and have a peek into Reykjadalur valley from above and hoped that the filming crew can be gone quickly, because it was getting late.

The hike from the car parking zone to the Reykjadalur path is just one km and we noticed a few scorching springs on the best way. And we met a number of individuals coming from bathing within the valley.

I’ve proven you the extremely popular Reykjadalur valley the place you’ll be able to bathe in a heat river in one other travel-blog: 

Reykjadalur Valley – Bathe in a Sizzling River in South Iceland

The colourful Geothermal Areas by Mt. Ölkelduhnúkur and Ölkelduháls in South Iceland

Right here the movie crew was filming – see the distinction between visiting geothermal areas within the sunshine or within the shadow

And certain sufficient, once we returned from having a peek into Reykjadalur, we noticed that the crew was wrapping up and the vans have been leaving.

From a distance we observed males raking over the footsteps that they had left within the geothermal space.

And once we reached this space one Icelander was left nonetheless raking and tidying up. He advised us that that they had been filming a scene in a Viking movie, Icelandic and overseas cooperation. I ponder if it was a scene from the movie The Northman?

Now that we have been alone within the geothermal space, we hiked by means of a number of vibrant spots superbly lit up by the night solar. 

We began on this spot, the place that they had been filming. I do not know what it’s referred to as, however we have been engulfed in stunning orange colors.

Nearly in every single place I regarded the earth was hissing and boiling.

The colourful Geothermal Areas by Mt. Ölkelduhnúkur and Ölkelduháls in South Iceland

Shiny geothermal colors

Watch out right here, we do not need to step right into a scorching spring or a boiling mud pool.

Accidents generally occur in geothermal areas, if persons are not cautious and stray off the paths.

My mom advised me that when she was a woman she had witnessed a person by accident stepping right into a scorching spring, and the pores and skin peeled off instantly as if he had been carrying pantyhose!

The colourful Geothermal Areas by Mt. Ölkelduhnúkur and Ölkelduháls in South Iceland

Effervescent mud swimming pools

There are lots of hikes within the Hengilsvæði space, the place the large Hengill volcanic mountain vary covers an space of approx. 100 km².

The volcano final erupted some 2,000 years in the past, however you’ll be able to see from the boiling floor that it’s nonetheless energetic. And the Hengilsvæði space is a high-temperature geothermal space.

We Icelanders make use of this geothermal warmth and the 2 largest geothermal energy crops in Iceland, Hellisheiðarvirkjun and Nesjavallavirkjun, harness the power, and ship it f.ex. to Reykjavík, the place I stay.

See additionally my travel-blog: A vibrant Hike by means of the Nesjalaugar and Köldulaugar Geothermal Areas in SW-Iceland

The colourful Geothermal Areas by Mt. Ölkelduhnúkur and Ölkelduháls in South Iceland

Orange and yellow geothermal colors

There are some folktales related to this space, f.ex.: The temperamental Giantess Jóra in Jórukleif and the Lava Pots by Selfoss in South Iceland.

She terrorized this neighbourhood till the realm grew to become abandoned.

In my travel-blog I let you know her story and the way the best way she was killed gave a reputation to the Öxará river at Þingvellir nationwide park.

The colourful Geothermal Areas by Mt. Ölkelduhnúkur and Ölkelduháls in South Iceland

Climbing indicators at Ölkelduháls

By the point we reached this signal, we noticed that we have been solely lower than a km away from Klambragil in Reykjadalur, however we had regarded into that gorge from above. 

I’ve proven you Kambragil in my Reykjadalur travel-blog. It’s a stunning spot with a geothermal space, proper above the nice and cozy river in which you’ll bathe.

And contained in the gorge, you’ll hear boiling scorching springs contained in the rock, which make a really distinct sound.

We simply adopted the path which was marked with blue sticks. There was no arrow pointing in that course, however we may see some scorching springs additional on.

The colourful Geothermal Areas by Mt. Ölkelduhnúkur and Ölkelduháls in South Iceland

The gray colored scorching spring

The primary scorching spring that we visited had a metallic gray color. I do not know what it’s referred to as or if it has even received a reputation.

It’s unusual, however on the Icelandic maps, which I exploit for placenames, there are not any names for the person scorching springs on this space. I assume that they have been by no means given a reputation.

It’s a pity as names add worth to the panorama or as we are saying in Icelandic: “Landslag yrði lítils virði, ef það héti ekki neitt“.

However as you’ll be able to see in my Hveravellir travel-blog, then all the new springs have a reputation: Hveravellir – the attractive Oasis within the Highland of IcelandThe colourful Geothermal Areas by Mt. Ölkelduhnúkur and Ölkelduháls in South Iceland

The colorful outflow from the new spring

What caught my consideration when visiting this scorching spring was this vibrant spot in my picture above, so I zoomed in on it.

Right here was an outflow from the new spring, extra of a drizzle actually and there was a build-up of geothermal clay with many geothermal colors.

The colourful Geothermal Areas by Mt. Ölkelduhnúkur and Ölkelduháls in South Iceland

A gorgeous blue scorching spring

The following scorching spring we encountered was solely a stone’s throw away, a lovely powder blue scorching spring, and the entire space round it was hissing and boiling, and steam was coming from the bottom.

The silence on this space was eerie with solely the sounds of the boiling water.

Boiling water and melted clay create bubbles on the floor, which I’ve all the time beloved photographing. The small print in geothermal areas could be so stunning

Watch out when visiting geothermal areas because the sulfur fumes could be toxic and you will get a nasty headache and really feel dizzy.

That occurred to me as soon as within the Hverir geothermal space up north when the wind was so robust that it blew the fumes straight at me. I had a foul headache for two days afterward!

The colourful Geothermal Areas by Mt. Ölkelduhnúkur and Ölkelduháls in South Iceland

Bubbles within the blue scorching spring

The trail went on additional into the valley, however right here we returned again because it was getting late and the solar was disappearing behind the mountains.

And we do not need to be caught in geothermal areas on the nightfall or after darkish, that’s for certain. One false step at nighttime in geothermal areas could be deadly.The colourful Geothermal Areas by Mt. Ölkelduhnúkur and Ölkelduháls in South Iceland

Alone in a lovely geothermal space

My husband had left me to get the automobile, which we had left by the knowledge indicators in the beginning of the hike to Reykjadalur valley, so I wandered round alone and visited yet one more scorching spring.

This one was additionally powder blue, however a lot bigger than the opposite ones.

This was a lovely space, my favorite one on this hike. And naturally, the setting solar added magic to this geothermal space.The colourful Geothermal Areas by Mt. Ölkelduhnúkur and Ölkelduháls in South Iceland

Right here I can see 2 fairytale figures kissing – and my shadow

I used to be completely mesmerized by this sight and the stillness.

But, I used to be totally conscious that we have been dropping the sunshine and that I needed to hurry so I would not be caught there within the darkness.

I walked to the tip of this geothermal space as one thing drew me to this spot within the picture above.

I may see two faces and I can clearly see a girl in an extended gown and a person in a cape about to kiss. I do not know when you can see it.

This was the spotlight of my day and I sat down for only a second and breathed within the stillness and the sweetness. 

On my approach again to the street I noticed an outdated sheep pen referred to as Ölkelduhálsrétt.

This outdated pen was inbuilt 1908 and the knowledge signal says that it stands on the boundary line of Grafningshreppur and Ölfushreppur rural districts.

Right here sheep have been rounded up thrice within the spring from the encompassing mountains. The sheep pen was in use till 1930.

The colourful Geothermal Areas by Mt. Ölkelduhnúkur and Ölkelduháls in South Iceland

Ölkelduhálsrétt sheep pen

Ölkelda means mineral spring and the identify refers to a few mineral springs in Ölkelduháls.

I did not see them, as they have been on the other aspect of the street and it was getting darkish. I might like to spend a complete day on this space and discover it higher.

We hurried again on the coarse street and impulsively we noticed heavy fog creeping in on us!

There may be typically fog on Hellisheiði heath, however this regarded plain proper creepy. What if the fog would have reached us once we have been nonetheless visiting the geothermal space!

The colourful Geothermal Areas by Mt. Ölkelduhnúkur and Ölkelduháls in South Iceland

Geothermal panorama lit up by the setting solar – Ölkelduháls to the left

So we drove quick on the street leaping up and down as there are such a lot of potholes on this street. We needed to succeed in ring-road 1 earlier than the fog engulfed us!

We handle to succeed in ring-road 1 simply within the nick of time and drove within the fog all the best way to Hveradalir valley, the place the fog lifted as we descended from the mountain.

Visiting this geothermal was such a beautiful expertise, however as I’ve talked about then the street could be very unhealthy. Subsequent time round I’m going to hike as much as Reykjadalur valley and hike from there to Ölkelduháls.

The colourful Geothermal Areas by Mt. Ölkelduhnúkur and Ölkelduháls in South Iceland

I zoomed in on the knowledge signal – do you see all of the bullet holes which make it tough to see a few of the names 🙁

The placement of Ölkelduhnúkur and Ölkelduháls on Map.is

Right here is a map of the Hengill space to be able to see this space with out the bullet holes.

I’ve proven you different geothermal areas within the Hengilsvæði space, which has received so many fascinating hikes:

A vibrant Hike by means of the Nesjalaugar and Köldulaugar Geothermal Areas in SW-Iceland

Reykjadalur Valley – Bathe in a Sizzling River in South Iceland

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

And one other steaming space I visited at sundown: Stunning sundown at Eldvörp Row of Craters on the Reykjanes Peninsula in SW-Iceland

Have a stunning time in South Iceland 🙂

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