Hveravellir, Iceland

Hveravellir hot water pool
Midnight bath
Sunrise at Hveravellir
Geothermal field
Hveravellir Blahver hot spring

Hveravellir at a Glance

Located in the interior of the island on the Kjölur route, half-way between north and south and around 30 km (19 miles) north of the turn-off for Kerlingarfjöll, Hveravellir is a hot spring highland oasis with several geysers and hot pools. It is an ideal place for swimming and for water lovers in general. Amongst these you will find fascinating multi-colored pools such as Bláhver, Bræðrahverir, Eyvindarhver and öskurhólhver. The latter is the largest hot spring in the area and is white in color, Bláhver is a marvelous blue-colored pool, and Eyvindarhver is a yellowish color.

At the northern end of the Kjalhraun lava field, Hveravellir is popular amongst tourists. There are a number of tourist huts with basic facilities where visitors can stop over and enjoy the man-made bathing pool, a meteorological watch, and the natural habitat. Known as the Hot Spring Fields, this low temperature area is of great interest and can be accessed through a route across the lava field from whence thermal activity can also be seen in the form of steaming chasms. The hiking trail from Hveravellir to Hvitarnes, which has the oldest hut capable of housing thirty people, is popular with tourists. With a distance of around 42 to 44 km, this hike can take three days.

Hveravellir is one of Iceland's best known geothermal areas and has been protected since 1965. Near to the Eyvindarhver spring there are the ruins of a shelter said to have been used by Fjalla-Eyvindar, an 18th century outlaw, and his wife Hella. Banishment to the Icelandic highlands was one of the country's strictest punishments in the 17th century, but those who survived life here for twenty years were granted a pardon. By living part-time at Hveravellir, where they could remain warm and boil meat in the hot springs, Eyvindar and Hella succeeded in withstanding the harsh elements. A memorial to the famous couple was erected at the site in 1998.