In the Highland northeast of the glacier Langjökull, and between the two glaciers Langjökull glacier and Hofsjökull glacier, is a fascinating geothermal area Hveravellir right on the Highland Road F35 Kjalvegur. Kjalvegur is a route that Icelanders used for centuries to travel between the north region and south region. So Hveravellir is a place with a long history and probably one of the best-known spots in the Highland. Probably because during summer you could travel on a horse in one day to Hveravellir from Skagafjörður in the north and the second day south to the area around Gullfoss. It is a place most Icelanders know, and many have visited. Another reason is, according to folklore, the highly admired outlaw couple Eyvindur and Halla had their home in Hveravellir for a short time. It is also a beautiful area with a variety of hot springs that have interesting names and an endless spectrum of activity and colors. And we should not forget that Hveravellir has one of the most famous natural geothermal pool in Iceland.
Kjalvegur is the best option to travel in the Highland in Iceland
For anyone planning to see and visit Hveravellir, one of the best options is to driver Kjalvegur. Here you need to keep in mind while preparing a trip to the Highland that the road is only open from the end of June until the middle of September. In the winter it is covered with snow. Although possible to drive the road in a small vehicle it is not recommended. The road is often tough to drive and the road usually not maintained to standards. It is a rough gravel road, so a 4X4 vehicle is highly recommended. The route is enjoyable with a magnificent view of glaciers, mountains, and highland lakes.
Access to Hveravellir is easy both from the south and the north
The Highland Road F35 practically runs from Gullfoss and Geysir, two of the most famous landmarks and natural wonders in Iceland, to the Ring Road in the north. The whole drive is about 170 kilometers, but the drive from Gullfoss to Hveravellir is approximately 80 kilometers. This is the easiest way to drive to Hveravellir, from the South to the North.
Nearby interesting places
Kerlingarfjöll - Hvítárvatn lake - Gíýjarfoss waterfall - Hveradalir hot springs - Nýjifoss waterfall - Jarlhettur