Visit South Iceland´s most popular tourist attraction, the Golden Circle, and try a selection of the country´s mouth-watering delicacies along the way. After all, a country´s traditional food and drink do provide intriguing cultural insights.
If you’re in the Reykholt area, check out the biggest hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver, which lies near the village of Kleppjarnsreykir, west of Reykholt on the side of Route 50. From the car park, a footpath leads to the spring
This bubbling hot spring situated on a beautiful farm is the largest and most powerful in Europe with a flow rate of 180 litres (50 gallons) of water per second at a piping hot 97°C (200°F). The scalding water bubbles out of an algae covered rocky outcrop creating a steamy source of power. If you take a shower anywhere within a 65 km radius of the spring, you have already bathed in the hot water from this powerful spring!
Most of the water heating homes and businesses in the towns of Borgarnes and Akranes comes from Deildartunguhver. It travels through a 64 kilometre (40 mi) pipeline, the longest of its kind in Iceland.
Adjacent to the hot spring is a small stand where visitors can purchase organic tomatoes grown in the nearby greenhouses using the geothermal heat.
A fern called the "deer fern" or "hard fern" grows near Deildartunguhver. This fern grows nowhere else in Iceland.
Just 70 meters north of the natural hot spring, the KRAUMA geothermal nature baths is now under development.