BLOOMING DAYS: Hveragerði’s annual flower festival

The big flower festival is an annual gardening and flower event in Hveragerði. Conditions are very good in Hveragerði for all kinds of gardening because of the active geothermal area.

Exhibitions, markets, art and entertainment during all the festival days.

Tour Operators around Hveragerði and in South-Iceland

Many companies specialize in organizing tours. Most of them have accessible websites where you can browse and book.

Midgard Adventure

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Midgard Adventure is a premier travel agency and a tour operator.

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Glacier Lagoon Boat Tours

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Jökulsárlón is a natural wonder with huge iceblocks floating on the lagoon.

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Arctic Adventures

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Arctic Adventures is the largest tour operator in Iceland offering the greatest variety.

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Laugarvatn Adventures

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Laugarvatn Adventure offers exciting cave-exploring tours all year round.

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Local Travel South Iceland

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Local Travel is a day tour and event service company founded by Addi and Magga.

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Iceland South Coast Travel

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Iceland South Coast Travel is a young family company.

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Reykjadalur Hot Springs

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Reykjadalur Hot Springs where you can swim in a hot spring river in the middle of the mountains.

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Reykjadalur natural hot springs

Truly memorable Icelandic experience

If you are visiting Iceland and want to get a true Icelandic experience, it doesn’t come any better than this. The trail is breathtaking (both for its views and hills) and takes you past beautiful pools of scalding hot water and steaming vents.

When we finally got to the stream, there were a fair number of people right near the “changing wall” (provided to block the wind more than for privacy). I’d recommend walking a couple hundred yards down where there are fewer people but the water is still nice and warm.

For full disclosure: yes, you do need to get undressed in the open. Just wrap a towel around the bits you don’t want to show. No one cares anyway. 🙂 Getting into the water on a cold, windy day is an experience and one that I highly recommend. We soaked for about an hour, but could have gone longer.

Some tips that we took away:

  • Bring beer (we didn’t)
  • Plan on getting up there with a picnic lunch and stay for a while
  • Bring something to stand on while you are getting dried off and dressed (in case the ground is muddy)
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Geothermally-heated Swimming Pools in and around Hveragerði

Laugaskard Swimming Pool

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Laugaskard Swimming Pool includes hot tubs, whirlpools, gym and a natural steam bath.

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Address: Reykjamörk, Hveragerði, Iceland
Hours: Open 6:45AM–9PM
Phone: +354 483 4113
GPS Points: N64° 0′ 6.934″ W21° 10′ 46.626″

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Selfoss Swimming Pool

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Selfoss Swimming Pool is in the center of town, about 15 minutes drive from Hveragerdi.

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Address: Tryggvagata 15, Selfoss, Iceland
Hours: Monday – Friday: 06:30 – 21:30, Saturday – Sunday: 09:00 – 19:00
Phone: +354 480 1960
GPS Points: N63° 56′ 7.699″ W20° 59′ 51.691″

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Thorlakshofn Swimming Pool

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Thorlakshofn Swimming pool has an outdoor and an indoor swimming pool.

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Address: Near the camping site in the south part of town
Phone: +354 483 3807
GPS Points: N63° 51′ 8.833″ W21° 22′ 55.335″

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