Reykjadalur geothermal river attracts thousands of visitors

New walking paths in Reykjadalur, South Iceland.

New walking paths in Reykjadalur, South Iceland. Golli / Kjartan Þorbjörnsson

 The warm streams of Reykjadalur are exremely popular with tourists who hike to the area in all seasons of the year. The area has now undergone some changes to meet the needs of such a large number of people. 

Mbl.is visited the valley last week and met numerous tourists from all parts of the world. Most of them were in Reykjadalur for the first time. A couple from Austria said that they were amazed by the water temperature and that they'd never seen a warm river before. 

Two Swedes said that this was their second visit over a space of some years and that he was surprised at how much the area had changed. 

A new parking lot is being constructed as the site cannot hold any more cars, who park instead all along the road. Walking paths have been constructed as well as small footbridges to help to protect the delicate vegetation. 

Changing rooms have also been put up and wooden platforms for guests to walk and relax on. 

The tiny parking lot cannot hold any more cars so ...

The tiny parking lot cannot hold any more cars so they park all along the road. A new parking lot is being constructed. Golli / Kjartan Þorbjörnsson

Golli / Kjartan Þorbjörnsson

Tourists, well prepared in the rainy weather last week.

Tourists, well prepared in the rainy weather last week. Golli / Kjartan Þorbjörnsson

Golli / Kjartan Þorbjörnsson

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