Day 1: Arrival:
Geothermal Lagoon – Flower Village – Geothermal Greenhouses
Approximate distance: 100km / 62miles
Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience.
From Keflavik International Airport, we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerdi. This village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and, because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs it is often called the “flower village.”
If your flight arrives early in the day, you might stop at the Blue Lagoon (a short distance from the airport) for a chance to relax in the soothing geothermal mineral waters.
Important: Please note that admission to the Blue Lagoon must be booked in advance.
Reykjadalur Hot Spring Hike- If you arrive earlier in the day, you might consider getting acquainted with Iceland’s landscape on the popular Reykjadalur hiking trail. The trailhead is near Hveragerði. Hike through a colorful valley with steam vents on well-marked trails leading to a hot spring river. The naturally heated water is ideal for a hot spring bath. It’s truly unique to bathe in a hot river in the middle of wilderness! Admission is free for the hiking trail and hot spring bathing
Good to know:
- The hike to the hot spring is about 3 km (1.8 miles) each way and takes 1-1.5 hours each way. The trail does continue to other points of interest if you would like a longer hike
- Hiking level- easy to moderate. There is some steep uphill walking in the beginning; the trail is well-marked
- There are no changing rooms but there is a primitive changing area
- Do your part to save nature by staying on the boardwalk around the hot spring pool
- Hiking boots strongly recommended
- Take some water and a snack- and don’t forget your swimsuit
- Bring a bag to keep your clothes dry while you bathe.
- Bring a bag to store your trash during the hike
Overnight stay in Hveragerdi