Deildartunguhver hot spring, west Iceland

GPS POINTS N64° 39′ 47.058″ W21° 24′ 40.348″

Deildartunguhver hot spring, west Iceland

Location: West Iceland
Directions from Reykjavík to Deildartunguhver on Google maps.
Duration: Cirka 2 hours drive from Reykjavík to Deildartunguhver hot spring.

If you’re looking for a unique and surreal hot spring experience, Deildartunguhver in Iceland might be to your likings. This hot spring is located in the Bláskógabyggð municipality and is famed for its high levels of geothermal activity.

Deildartunguhver is one of the most powerful hot springs in Iceland, with water temperatures reaching up to 97 degrees Celsius. The spring produces an impressive 180 liters of water per second, making it the largest hot spring in Iceland. Once you arrive at the hot spring, you’ll be able to see (and smell) the steam rising from the ground.

There are several things to keep in mind if you’re planning on visiting Deildartunguhver. First of all, the ground around the hot spring is very fragile, so it’s important to stay on the paths at all times. Secondly, because of the high water temperature, you cannot bathe in the spring itself. However, there is a public swimming pool nearby that is fed by the hot spring water, so you can still enjoy a dip. Actually, If you take a shower anywhere within a 65 km radius of the spring, you have already bathed in the hot water from this powerful spring.

So if you’re looking for an otherworldly hot spring experience, Deildartunguhver is definitely worth a visit. Just remember to stay on the paths and be careful not to get too close to the water.

From Reykjavík take Road 1 towards Borgarnes. Before Borgarnes turn right onto Road 50, this will lead to Road 518 to Reykholt. Stay on Road 518 driving past Hotel Húsafell. Shortly you will see a sign that leads you to Deildartunguhver hot spring.

There are several attractions to be found nearby Deildartunguhver hot spring. One of the most obvious ones is Vidgelmir Cave. Víðgelmir in Borgajford is the largest of all caves in Iceland, 148,000 cubic metres, and one of the largest lava caves in the world.  It has beautiful ice formations and deep inside there are lava stalactites and stalagmites.

Another attraction nearby is Reykholt. Reykholt is a fascinating place to visit in Iceland. It was the home of several bishops and an important cultural center site over the years. Today, it is open to visitors, and there are plenty of things to see and do there.

And while you are in the neighborhood, so to speak, why not check out Hraunfossar lava falls? It is made up of a series of rivulets that flow over a distance of about 900 meters from under the Hallmundarhraun lava field. What makes Hraunfossar so unique is that the water seeps out of the lava, giving it a special appearance. Hraunfossar lava falls and the nearby area has been protected since 1987.