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.
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.