Secret ‘steam valley’ in Iceland

Drops were gently falling from the sky. I looked up, the views kept changing. A river appears in the distance, steam is hovering over the water. We are getting closer.

Hveragerði – Reykjadalur

If you want to experience something amazing, something that brings you close to nature. Makes you feel or see things you have never seen or felt before. Then this is a place you HAVE to visit when going to the south of Iceland.

Reykjadalur, also called the ‘Steam Valley’, is a place hidden in the middle of the hills. After about a 3 km hike witnessing the most beautiful views you find yourself getting closer to the water and slowly getting surrounded by clouds of steam. At the end of the path you find hot water streams flowing down the hill. When you finally arrive after the challenging hike you will want nothing more than to strip down and relax in the hot water.


Hveragerði – Reykjadalur

Of all the amazing places we visited in Iceland I believe this was one of the most memorable places we have been to. I am honestly telling you to go and experience it for yourself, and you will know exactly what I mean!

While we were hiking up the rain got heavier and heavier, but even when the rain is pouring down it creates something magical. While you are enjoying the hot water and your body is warm you can feel the cold water drops dripping on your face. The contrast between the two creates a balance that is beautiful. It’s truly a magical place.

Hveragerði – Reykjadalur
Hveragerði – Reykjadalur
Hveragerði – Reykjadalur


A small tip on how to get there: Drive straight through the town of Hveragerði to reach a gravel road that leads to Reykjadalur. Once you park the car, it’s about a 50 min hike to reach the first spots warm enough for dipping in. The further you follow the stream, the warmer the water gets! When you get to the end of the path you will find an untouched natural hot stream in which you can lean back on the edge in the water and enjoy the view of the beautiful and pure mother nature!