Hveravellir Nature Reserve is a geothermal hotspot situated within absolutely stunning landscapes. This is a true hot spring oasis in the Icelandic Highlands, set between the Langjökull and Hofsjökull glaciers, surrounded by high mountains, lava, and wilderness.

Hveravellir can be reached by a gravel track just off the Kjölur mountain road. The Kjölur route was used in ancient times to cross this highland desert, the track is mentioned in the Icelandic Sagas. In the 18th century a famous Icelandic outlaw, Fjalla-Eyvindur (Mountain Eyvindur), fled to this hot spring area and lived there with his wife, Halla, for twenty years. One of the hot springs has been named after him. This route was forgotten about for around one hundred years then rediscovered in the 19th century.

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This is a fascinating area with astonishing blowing fumaroles and hot springs wafting their mystical clouds of steam, colorful mountains, and glaciers. Bathe in a geothermal hot pool as the Icelandic people did in the time of the Icelandic Sagas. Marvel at their pioneering spirit and the sheer courage of those people who crossed this desert terrain on foot or horseback one thousand years ago. Will your sense of adventure mirror theirs? In winter the dancing surreal bright colors of the northern lights may bless you with their presence. This is an experience which we highly recommend.