Hveragerði is a beautiful and picturesque town 45 km east of Reykjavik and 10 km west of Selfus on Ring Road. The town’s population numbers 2300 people. Quargardi is known as the greenhouse town, and nowhere in Iceland can such a concentration of greenhouses be found, and much about the geothermal activity there. The greenhouses are powered by hot water flowing from a geothermal spring and many vegetables and flowers are grown on the spot and marketed throughout the state.
In the heart of the town you can find the Reykjafoss waterfall, which flows from the Varmá river to the settlement in two. The Reikapos waterfall is not high, but it is another quandary in one of the most beautiful villages in Iceland.
By far, the most prominent feature of the city and the main reason for visiting the place is the much geothermal activity. When hiking in the town you can see smoke (which is actually steam) coming out of the homes of the residents. Wonder what it feels like to live with a little geyser under the house? Seemologically unstable Quargaridian area and weak earthquakes often occur. In 2008, after a massive earthquake felt in all of southern Iceland, a new hot-water spring was erupted next to Quargardei, with bubbling mud swells giving a first idea of what is really going on underground.
The local geyser
Visitors to Quargardi are recommended to cross it and reach the golf course located on the outskirts of the town, where the local geyser, Grýla, is located in the Ölfusdalur valley. Try to find the steam rising from the ground. Caution! Don’t get too close to the pits.
The excellent geothermal swimming pool at Quargardi is open all year round.
A trip to the warm river in Rikadalur Valley
At the end of the town of Quargardi, one of the most magical hiking trails in southern Iceland begins. A 3-mile walking path in each direction leads to the valley of the Reykjadalur Hot Springs means ‘smoking valley’. This beautiful valley ends in a river where hot water flows at an ideal temperature for bathing. There are wardrobes for changing clothes.
Geysir is one of Iceland’s most famous attractions and the source of the natural phenomenon known as the “springs springs”. Geysir was discovered and received its name in the 13th century as its eruptions rose to 80 meters. But today he is very calm, lazily bubbling and barely catching attention, even though since the big earthquake of 2000 he has erupted several times. So what about all the geyser pictures you’ve seen? These are pictures of Strokkur right next to Geysir, which erupts impressively every five minutes, sometimes reaching a height of 40 meters.
Today the attraction of the park is the geyser Strokkur which means in Icelandic “Mabhutsa”. Strokkur is a few meters from the big geyser and it erupts at regular intervals of about 5 minutes. A fierce jet of boiling water rises to the sky and reaches up to 40 meters high, much to the delight of the spectators around. It is speculated that Geyser was created in the late 13th century when a series of strong earthquakes that accompanied a deadly eruption of the Hekla volcano hit the Haukadalur Valley and caused geothermal activity in the valley. The entire Geyser Valley is a geo-thermal park that sits atop a vast cauldron of boiling water. On all sides water, mud and sulfur bubbling develop in the ground and steam whistles are occasionally heard. The colored mud is the result of the bacteria and primitive plants that thrive under these harsh conditions. Some, like the fertilized bacterium, live at a temperature of 60 ° in the vicinity of hydrogen sulfide, which causes the smell of stinking eggs and gives the soil its gray color.
A little to the west is Laugarfjall Hill, a small hill with spectacular panoramic views overlooking the Geyser Park area. King of Denmark Christian IX, visited the area in 1874 and while leaning on one of the rocks in the hill its guests tried to impress it by boiling eggs in the hot springs. Since then, these rocks have been called the “King’s Stones”.
How to get there?
Geyser can be reached as part of the “Golden Circle” route starting from Reykjavik and passing through the Gulffoss Falls and other stops along the way. Admission is free. Visiting the place is highly recommended!
Seljavallalaug Pool is an outdoor pool in southern Iceland. Built in 1923, the pool is considered to be one of the oldest swimming pools in Iceland. The oldest pool is the ‘Secret Lagoon’ in Flúðir which has been operating since 1891.
History of Seljavallalaug
The rectangular pool is 25 meters long and 10 meters wide, making it the largest pool in Iceland until 1936. Its construction allowed the children of the environment to learn to swim. Although Iceland is a fishermen nation, swimming was not an extensive skill back then. Nowadays, every child learns swimming in school as part of compulsory classes.
Admission to the Seljavallalaug pool is free. There are replacement wardrobes but no showers. The place is maintained and cleaned only once a year by volunteers as many people bathe in the pool every day. Bathing should be shared with other travelers and taken into consideration. The water in the pool is not very clean. The water temperature ranges from 30 degrees to 40 degrees.
How to get there
The pool is about an hour and a half drive from Reykjavik. When traveling on the ring road heading east to reach Seljavallalaug turn left onto Route 242 until reaching the car park. The pool is just a mile north until you reach the pool. The southern coastal area is one of the most beautiful in Iceland and only a few kilometers further from the pool you can also visit the impressive Skógafoss waterfall.
Picture this, soaking yourself in a pool that’s 48 degrees Celsius .Surrounded by rock formations made of molten lava, away from civilization and the hustle and bustle of city life. Every five minutes a spouting geyser shoots hot gas nearly 20 feet into the air. The steam that rises from the surrounding terrain into the air gives the place its distinct and magical atmosphere.
Book Your Tickets to the Lagoon
The Secret Lagoon is a warm geothermal spring from a natural water source located in Hveraholmi, the geothermal area near the village of Flúðir in southern Iceland. It is the oldest pool in the country, and one of the most popular for locals and tourists alike.
Although the name “The Secret Lagoon” is not so secret and although it is not packed with visitors like the Blue Lagoon, it is still required to pre-order tickets especially in the summer – you can place tickets at the bottom of the page.
The spring location is on the famous “Golden Circle” route, close to the Gullfoss waterfall, within the village of Fludir Flúðir. This lush green village is known for using natural energy from the soil, used for agriculture through greenhouses. Thus Iceland produces fresh food throughout the year. Another major advantage of this geothermal activity is the natural and old thermal pools located in the area.
The “secret lagoon” uses geothermal energy to heat the water to a temperature of 38-40 ° C all year. Ideal for bathing.
The area around the hot spring is made up of mossy lava fields and geothermal hot spots, including a small geyser that erupts every 5 minutes, which can be seen from the pool. A trail by the pool allows you to easily tour the area. The steam rising from the surrounding area into the air gives the place its magical and distinct atmosphere.