Time passes so quickly and this is already our last day in Southern Iceland. We still have an entire day ahead of us before heading to the US. Today we plan to go for a hike in the Reykjadalur Valley to reach the hot spring river of Hvergardi, then have a short visit of Reykjavik and finally end up in Gardur, at the most western part of the Reykjanes Peninsula.
This is the fourth in a series of stories devoted to my trip to Iceland. For a complete overview of all sightseeing’s, I invite you to read:
- Day 1: Dyrhólaey, Reynisfjara, Vík, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss
- Day 2: Keldur, Friedheimar and Thingvellir
- Day 3: Geysir, Gulfoss, Skálholt, Brúarfoss, Kerid and Stokkseyri
- Day 4: Reykjadalur, the hot spring river of Hveragerdi, Reykjavik and Gardur
The itinerary of our fourth and final day in Iceland
- Hvergardi to reach the Reykjadalur Valley and Hot Spring River.
- Reykjavik to get a short impression of the the capital city and do some shopping
- Gardur for our last evening an enjoy from a 360° panorama over the ocean.
Where to find Reykjadalur ?
Reykjadalur Valley and the Hot Spring River of Hvegardi
We leave early enough to avoid the forecasted rain and drive to Hvergardi after a short stop at Kaffi Krus in Selfoss for breakfast. The hiking trail starts right of the parking lot at the end of the road after you drove through Hvegardi.
The trail is an easy hike up and the landscapes are absolutely spectacular. If it takes an hour to reach the hot spring river, you may want to take more time to enjoy the views on the smoking hills and observe the numerous boiling mud pots. Be prepared to smell sulfur on the heights.
A sign warning us about the boiling mud pots
Smoke (steam) on the mountain
More and more steam evaporates from the mountains
Swimming in the hot spring river of Hvergardi
The river is already crowded when we arrive
Hello Reykjavik! We still have half a day to spend and with this terrible weather, we decide to make a short stopover in the capital, have lunch (we loved Osta Búdin) and do some shopping. Reykjavik didn’t leave that many impressions but it feels good to see people, a normal city life, shops and restaurants.
A good place to go out for lunch: Osta Budin
Gardur, Reykjanes peninsula
We arrive in Gardur late in the afternoon, just a few kilometers from Keflavik airport from where we will fly the next morning. This is an excellent town to stay and ideally located for a final night. The village is pretty small and despite a nice little lighthouse from which you can enjoy an almost 360° view over the ocean there’s not much to believe. Oh yes, I forgot … there’s the Röstin burger restaurant you definitively should try. It was a great trip to Iceland and we hope to come back one day for a longer trip round the island.