Just a 45 minute drive from Reykjavik lies the town of Hveragerði which houses a valley teaming with geothermal activity called Reykjadalur (“Smokey Valley”). This valley is a beautiful hiking area and has a hot river to bathe those tired muscles after some long walks. It is a nice alternative to bathing at the Blue Lagoon if you are looking to save some money. The Reykjadalur Trail is 45 min- 1 hour each way so give yourself at least 3 hours for the trip in total plus extra to bathe in the river.
Make sure you take in the other walks around the village of Hveragerdi and experience Geothermal Park- a park where you can try out the natural clay foot bath or see the famous black bread being bake usign the geothermal energy. The village is also known as the “Village in Bloom” where there is a love of gardening and a flower show every June.
If you have a car, you can drive to the start of the Reykjadalur hike. Upon arriving in Hveragerdi, turn left at the roundabout onto the main street (Breiðamörk) and continue north, towards the Reykjadalur valley. Continue on that road (which will veer to the left) until you reach the parking lot at the foot of the valley.
Alternatively, you can take a public bus from Reykjavik to Hveragerdi (straeto.is). You will then need to walk or hitchhike the 3km to the carpark where the start of the walk to the Reykjadalur hike is.
ADMISSION COST: Free of charge
MORE INFORMATION: Visit hveragerdi.is