Hveravellir beautiful geothermal area
Hveravellir is a gorgeous 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 astonishing geothermal areas in the world with smoking fumaroles, 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.
Housing and dining
Hveravellir has 2 houses for accommodation. One has room for 33 people in sleeping bags, the other sleeps twenty people and is split into 3 separate rooms.
It offers both made-up beds and sleeping bag accommodations. During the summer months Hveravellir operates a small restaurant seating 25 people. During the winter the restaurant is only open for groups with advance reservations.
At Hveravellir we have a good camping area, WC and shower facilities.
Hveravellir is located on the Kjölur route (number F35), which runs across the middle highlands from Gullfoss in the south to Blöndudal in the north. The lenght of the route is 200 km. In the summer months one can reach Hveravellir in almost any car. We do not, however, recommend using low vehicles.
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.
Over the summer months, the bus company SBA-Nordurleid offers regularly scheduled bus services over the Kjölur route. There are daily departures from both Reykjavik and Akureyri at 8:00 am. The bus from Reykjavik stops in Hveragerdi at 8:45, in Selfoss at 9:00, at Geysir geothermal area between 9:45 and 10:15 and at Gullfoss between 10:30 and 10:50. Arrival in Hveravellir is at 13:10.
You are welcome to spend a night or two at Hveravellir before heading further north. The bus leaves Hveravellir at 13:55 and arrives in Akureyri at 17:00.
The bus leaves Akureyri at 8:00 am and arrives in Hveravellir at 11:15. From there the bus continues on to Reykjavik at 12:00 and arrives there at 17:00 after short stops at Gullfoss and Geysir. Hveravellir can thus be reached on a daily basis during the summer months and is an ideal place for a visit due to its remarkable and unique nature.
There are a number of other walking routes in the vicinity, for example to Rjupnafell, Thjofadalir, Jökulkrok and up to or on to the glacier Langjökull. Longer routes, for example to Hvitarvatn in the south as well as over the old route over Kjalhraun or along the borders of the glacier Langjökull, are also available. A fascinating route is also along the northern part of Langjökull and through Hallmundarhraun to Husafell. A further nice route leads around Hrutfell from where one can enjoy an extraordinary view over the area. There are an almost endless number of routes to choose from and everyone is sure to find something to suit their taste.
There is a horse rental at Hveravellir. A number of horse riding trails can be found in the surrounding area. One can choose between tours lasting a few hours, a whole day or even a number of days. The Icelandic horse is used to this rough terrain as it was the only mode of transportation over this route when the first settlers arrived in the country.
The geothermal pool at Hveravellir is unique. Both hot and cold water flows to the pool, which makes it easy to regulate the temperature of the water in the pool. 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 is nothing that can compare to a dip into the pool after a days hike in the highlands.
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