Krysuvik Geothermal Area

 

Krýsuvík is a geothermal area located in southern Rykans in the middle of the rift region of the Atlantic ridge that diagonally crosses Iceland from west and south, to the northeast of the island. Kirswick is one of the high-temperature areas in Iceland. Visitors to the site hike on tree tracks between fiery sulfur springs and bubbling pits of boiling mud.




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Fontana Spa

 

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Fontana Spa in the town of Laugarvatn is a complex of geothermal pools and moist and dry saunas on the edge of Lake Lugarvatn. It is a popular stopover for visitors to the Golden Circle area and is relatively close to the Geyser and Thingvellir Park sites.

The wet saunas

The local inhabitants of the village know and enjoy the healing properties of the geothermal springs in the lake from the beginning of the last century. The Fontana Pond utilizes this natural bath and brings in warm steam and healers that curl directly from the ground to the three saunas. The temperature of the steam varies and ranges from 40-50 degrees depending on the temperature of the steam and the weather. The humidity in the saunas is very high. Saunas floor networks allow guests to hear and smell the natural hot spring boiling beneath them, creating a unique and natural experience.




The geothermal pools

Three mineral pools connected together with varying depth, size and temperature. The pools and hot tubs are perfect for relaxation and fun, and feature stone sculptures made by the Icelandic artist. The top hot tub provides panoramic views of the beautiful surroundings, while the healthy water feeds both body and mind.

Finnish sauna

The Fontana complex also features a Finnish-style sauna room. The temperature is between 80-90 degrees, with low humidity. You can sit and enjoy the beautiful lake view through the large window. The Finns enjoy sauna rooms for centuries, this is a place for them to relax with family and friends, as well as a place for physical and mental relaxation.

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Vok Bath Egilsstadir

 

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n the summer of 2019, Vök geothermal baths opened in Lake Urriðavatn, northwest of Egilsstaðir, the main town in eastern Iceland. Agilstadir is an important stopping point in the fascinating land region of the eastern fjords and the member springs site opened the opportunity for a great opportunity for quality time to dip in the hot water in a stunning landscape. The water in the Vök pool comes from hot springs flowing deep under the lake. Years ago, during the long Arctic winters, existing residents noticed that a rudder covering the lake always melted in point water and indeed there was the natural fountain above which the pool was built. The name of Pool Wok is the Icelandic word for the hole in the melting ice. In the past, these hot springs provide all the hot water throughout the region.

GeoSea Husavik

 

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Geothermal water springs in the area of ​​Husavík have been known for many years to the inhabitants of Northern Iceland.
They used it mainly for bathing. Further drilling in the area in the later period found that it resulted from a place of mineral-rich warm seawater to be suitable for home heating.
Instead of letting the hot water flow aimlessly to the sea, the residents of Hosavic could enjoy the health benefits of bathing in warm sea water.
People suffering from psoriasis have been relieved by bathing in water at an optimal temperature of 38-39 ° C.

The water in the GeoSea baths comes from two wells. A constant flow of the pool through the ponds eliminates the need for any cleaning or disinfection and ensures clean and fresh water regularly.




GeoSea GeoSea Geothermal Baths allow visitors to enjoy nature in a unique way. Regarding natural underground drowning, the water is warm and pleasant to wash naturally and gives a pleasant feeling to the skin and relief for people suffering from skin problems. While bathing, you can enjoy the mountainous scenery around the cliffs just a short distance from the Northern Arctic Circle.

Drangsnes hot tubs

 

Drangsnes, A small fishing village in the western part of the western fjords of Iceland. A total of 70 residents live there. The village sits at the mouth of Fjord Steingrímsfjörður not far from the town of Hólmavík. Drangensens got his name from a high and famous rock named Kerling who according to local folklore represents one of the three troll women who tried to separate the western fjords from the rest of Iceland.




Hot tub on the water line

Perhaps the thing that Drangsnes Village is most famous for is its excellent geothermal pool, along with three wonderful jacuzzis located on the coastline. The pools are very easy to find and there are wardrobes close by. This is a great place to take a dip in the hot water and relax in the stunning scenery facing it. Drangsnes is the gateway to the wild and fascinating region of the Strandir region, a dirt road leading from the village to one of Iceland’s most fascinating and least-toured tourist areas. The famous Krossnes pool and the abandoned village of Djúpavík are in the same remote land.

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שיט לאי Grímsey

Drangsnes יש נמל טבעי טוב, מול הכפר נמצא האי Grímsey, יש באיסלנד איים נוספים אחרים בעלי אותו שם ולכן לא להתבלבל עם האי גרימסיי בצפון איסלנד המפורסם יותר. בין האי גרימסיי הנמצא סמוך לדראנגסנס לכפר מפריד 10 דקות של שיט קצר. האי הוא מקום נהדר לצפות במיני ציפורים כמו פאפינים ואף ניסיון לגידול של שועלי קוטב.

Landmannalaugar hot springs

 

Landmannalaugar

One of the most beautiful areas in central Iceland is undoubtedly the Landmannalaugar Colored Mountains. The name “the ponds of the people” is probably the most popular destination in Iceland’s mountainous center and is considered by many to be the crown of the crown.




The Landmannalaugar area is located in the south-center of the island, not far from the Hekla volcano among impressive mountains and combines Iceland’s most spectacular sights. The area is fascinating and rich in contrast, mountain ridges made of riolite (volcanic rock resembling granite) are carved with black stripes of volcanic ash, colorful peaks of red, green, orange and yellow, wide lava fields and steam jets bursting with cracks in the ground.

The geothermal pool in Landmannalaugar

Near the visitor center there is a geothermal pool which has been popular with locals for many years and in recent years also by many tourists visiting the place. The pool is just steps away from the visitor center at the end of the Laugahraun lava field. The natural pool is fed by warm, cold streams that flow beneath the lava layers and mix in the pool. The water temperature is very pleasant for bathing and there are neat wardrobes instead. Travelers make sure to bring swimsuits and towels and change clothes if needed.

How to get to?

Landmannalaugar is a very popular area for travelers arriving in the summer between June and September, after which the access road to the area is closed. There are three ways to get to Landmannalaugar: The easiest way is to get on the F208 road north from the power station, this way there is no river crossing, but the road is a bit bouncy. The second difficulty road is F225 west (close to Relief Mountain) and the third is F208 from the south. It is important to ascertain in advance the weather forecast before departure, the water level in the rivers can change from day to day.

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Bus trip to the Landmannalaugar Reserve

If you are not traveling in a 4X4 vehicle, you can visit the Landmannalaugar Reserve on a bus adapted for mountainous dirt roads. For details and registration click here.

Weather in the area

The mountainous roads that reach the Landmannalaugar Reserve only open towards the end of June to mid-September. Only in the summer season between July and September the temperature reaches 5 to 14 degrees.

Fjallabak and Eldgjá Canyon

The road that connects the Landmannalaugar Reserve to Highway 1 in the south is called Fjallabak. The road is considered one of the most beautiful in Iceland. One of the most interesting sights in this part of the country is the Eldgjá Canyon. Instead, nature created a unique split in the mountains during which a huge 30 km long incision was created in the soil, in some places reaching up to 600 meters wide and 200 meters deep. The volcanic crack is considered to be the largest of its kind in the world. Further down the valley a footpath leads to the Ófærufoss waterfall, considered one of the most beautiful in the country, the waterfall was formerly framed by a natural bridge that collapsed a few years ago.




Ljótipollur Lakes Crater

Ljótipollur is a crater in which a lake is adjacent to the Landmannalaugar Reserve, in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. The meaning of the name from Icelandic is the “ugly puddle”, despite the fact that it is an incredibly beautiful site. The crater is easily accessible for a 4 hour walk from Landmannalaugar and back. You can also reach a large jeep near the crater.

The lakeside crater is easily accessible from the Fjallabak Nyrðri F208 mountain road just a few miles from Landmannalaugar and only accessible during the summer. One of the advantages of driving a short distance from F208 to the edge of Ljótipollur is the scenery. The crater’s height from the road is a little less than 100 meters and about 1.5 km long, with a fairly high margin. The view from the top of the crater is spectacular and well worth the effort.

Hveragerði – Reykjadalur valley

 

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.

Geothermal activity

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.

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Grjotagja hot Spring Cave‬‏

 

Grjotagja hot Spring Cave‬‏ located at the area of Mývatn. Mývatn is a shallow lake located in the area of active volcanic activity in northern Iceland, not far from the Krafla volcano. Mother Nature’s violent masterpieces are found throughout the lake area: giant craters, bubbling sulfur springs, mud pools and frozen scraps of fresh volcanic eruptions give the feeling of a trip to another planet. The name Mývatn is sometimes used not only as a nickname for the lake but also for the uninhabited environment around it.




Grjotagja hot Spring Cave

Grjotagja is a hatch in the soil that has been filled with warm water. In the past it was a popular bathing site but geothermal activity made the pool too hot (50 degrees) for bathing. You can watch the pool through the cracks in the ceiling and also go down to the water. The site is located between Reykjahlíð and Hverfjall volcano.

How to get there

To get there, take road # 1 towards Agilstadir and after about a kilometer drive from Lake Myvatn take exit 860 towards Grjotagja.

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Viti in Askja

 

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Somewhere in the mountainous area of Iceland, just north of Vatnajökull Glacier, there is a special place where real astronauts once practiced landing on the moon. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, the Apollo 11 team that first landed on the moon. A place in Iceland where ordinary humans can follow giants.




Due to the region’s typical lunar landscape, the area served as a temporary base for NASA’s Apollo space program. When NASA sought a place to train their astronauts, the Askja area was chosen as the ideal location. In a remote spot in the middle of the mountainous region of Iceland, away from any settlement, there is a unique and unparalleled landscape in the world.

Askja is a caldera, which means a huge muzzle of a volcano that collapsed into the core of the magma beneath it. The height of the mountain is 1510 m and its area is 50 km. Askja is located just north of Vatnajökull Glacier and is a testament to Mother Nature’s strength. The eruption that created the original muzzle occurred in 1875, when stones were thrown from the mountain and reached as far as continental Europe more than 1000 km! The volcanic activity lasted thirty years, culminating in another massive collapse of the top of the mountain. The resulting pharynx was filled with water, becoming the deepest lake in Iceland 217 m deep, colored sapphire blue and frozen most of the year. In the younger crater near Askja north of Askjavatn lake is the small Víti muzzle, which contains a thermal lake. The place is considered a popular tourist attraction, although it is only accessible during the summer months and in a 4WD car.




How to get there?

Two main roads come to Askja from the north. Via F88 and F910. Both are mountainous dirt roads that cross several streams, all roads leading to Askja require a 4WD vehicle. Another option to visit Askja volcano is to take a daily hike in a special vehicle / bus with a guide. The road takes around three hours in each direction and it is important to fill the vehicle’s fuel tank before leaving.

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Hveravellir geothermal pool

 

In the central highlands of Iceland, you will find a beautiful geothermal area, called Hveravellir or the Hot Spring Fields. It is one of the pearls of Iceland, a nature reserve 650 meters above sea-level. After driving through the vast, barren highlands it is absolutely refreshing to encounter such an oasis.




Hveravellir is a unique nature reserve situated on the Kjolur route in the middle of the west highlands between the glaciers Langjökull and Hofsjökull. Hveravellir is one of the most beautiful geothermal areas in the world with smoking fumarolees and beautifully shaped with sky blue, boiling water. It is a special experience to have a look around, whether it is in the summer or winter. Hveravellir is located on the Kjolur route (number F35), which runs across the middle highlands from Gullfoss in the south to Blondudal in the north. The length of the route is 200 km. The distance from Gullfoss to Hveravellir is about 90 km but the distance to Blöndudal is about 110 km. Hveravellir lies about halfway between Reykjavik and Akureyri, but there are about 200 km in either direction. We can drive you to Hveravellir almost every day of the year.

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To reach Hveravellir one has to continue on road no 35, Kjalvegur road, and pass Iceland’s most famous waterfall, Gullfoss in the south of Iceland. This road will then take you for some 168 km across Iceland to Blöndudalur in North-Iceland, where you will then merge with ring road 1. It is a shorter route to the north on an unpaved road through some rugged landscape – an alternative to driving on the paved ring road 1. This road is a highland road and it is a very bumpy gravel road so a 4×4 is preferred, but it can be done with a 2WD, but not the smallest of cars, as after rain the potholes are very big. This area can onlybe accessed in the summertime.Halfway through, or ca 90 km away from Gullfoss, you will encounter Hveravellir, which makes driving through this rugged landscape so worthwhile.

The geothermal pool at Hveravellir is unique and breathtaking . Both hot and cold water flows to the pool, which makes it easy to regulate the temperature of the water in the pool. The water flows quickly, which means that the water is clean at all times and the medicinal qualities of the water are scientifically proven. Over 20 people can comfortably bathe in the pool at the same time.

The pool and its entire surroundings are magnificent, offering a beautiful view of the geothermal area, Kjalhraun lava field and Langjökull. There feeling of sitting in this hot pool in the wilderness of Iceland, in between two of Iceland’s glaciers, Langjökull and Hofsjökull glaciers is very serene and relaxing .The hot pool at Hveravellir is located in a warm stream and the temperature varies from 18,6-39,3 degrees C. The water in the intake pipe is much hotter though 80-90 degrees C, so caution is advised .It is therapeutic sitting in this hot pool after a long hike in the area, unfortunately there are no changing facilities in this area.

Close to the hot pool, a beautiful geothermal area with multi-coloured boiling mud pools, huffing and puffing fumaroles and beautiful azure hot springs will take your breath away. There is such beautiful geyserite, which has accumulated around some of the hot springs. It is such a delight walking around this beautiful geothermal area, looking at the various hot springs. The water in the hot springs is very hot, 70-100 degrees C, so be careful, especially if you are visiting with young children. This beautiful geothermal area has been protected since 1960.




Hveravellir is located on the edge of the 8000-year-old Kjalhraun lava field and taking a walk through the lava field is amazing, as the lava takes on all kinds of form and structures. In places, it looks like the earth has just cracked and opened up. And there is steam coming through fissures in the ground. Tourists can also visit Kjalhraun is an enormous lava field (10–12 cubic kilometers) not far from Hveravellir. The lava reaches the geothermal area. It covers a total of 180 square kilometers through which one can find many fascinating walking routes as for example to the circular crater which measures 900 meters in diameter. Kjalhraun was formed in a gigantic eruption around 8000 years ago. There was an old route through this area, which is referred to in the Viking Sagas with the first references being from around year 900. This road is called Kjalvegur road. The geothermal area here has been called the most beautiful geothermal area in Iceland.