Hveradalir (The valley of hot springs) is one of the largest and most fascinating geothermal and hot spring area in Iceland. The area is quite vast and exciting both from a geological perspective as well as a unique place for photography. It is a place where you can concentrate on both micro and macro photography. Small items in colorful hot springs and large scale landscape with glaciers in the background.  It is located in Kerlingarfjöll in the Highland and is one of the main attraction when driving the Highland road Kjölur (F35) of Kjalvegur. It is a place you don't want to miss if you are traveling in the Highland on your tour to Iceland.  There is a good camping site at Ásgarður in Kerlingarfjöll approximately 10 kilometers from Kjölur road. From Ásgarður it is ideal to hike the five kilometers to Hveradalir geothermal area.  You can also drive to a parking lot near the geothermal area. Hveradalir is only accessible during summer from late June until the middle of September, or possibly the end of September, deepening on the arrival of King Winter. It is a well-maintained area with good trails and neatly built steps to all the main hot springs and interesting sights. The variety in color and landscape is just stunning, and you will defiantly feel like entering another world when you arrive at the colorful, smoking, boiling or even glacial valleys that the area offers. 

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Below is the location of Hveradalir on the map of Iceland

Hveradalir (The valley of hot springs) is one of the largest and most fascinating geothermal and hot spring area in Iceland.

If there is a place with apparent "wow" factor in Iceland, it has got to be Námaskarð. Located a short distance from the spectacular volcanic mountain, Krafla, Námaskarð, Hverarönd, is an expanse of hot springs, fumaroles, mud pools and mud pots. Everything is at a boiling point in the stunning arctic desert. No vegetation in sight. The constant emission of fumes has made the ground completely sterile and acidic, thus unfit to sustain flora and fauna. But, the colorful minerals defy imagination.

Námaskarð is a short distance from Lake Mývatn where you can enjoy rich vegetation and refreshing spring water. At Námaskarð, you will be hard to find pure spring water. Everything is imbued with sulfur, even the air, making the smell from the area quite distinct. Those who dislike the smell will tell you the area smells like rotten eggs. Those who do like it will maintain it has the fragrance of living, breathing earth constantly on the move.

This barren beauty is definitely a place to visit. You can spend hours gazing in amazement at the ever-changing patterns and hues. But, be mindful of the sulfur. Too much of it is not only harmful to vegetation, but also to humans.

Below is the location of Námaskarð / Hverarönd on the map of Iceland

boiling mud at Námaskarð Hverarönd