In the town of Hveragerði , there is a hot river that will easily be the highlight of any Iceland trip. This is the only thing we did on Day 7, and we don’t regret one second of it. It took us about two hours to hike in, and the trail was easy to follow and well maintained. It’s easy to find, as there are herds of people going the same direction you are, and if you do get stuck, everyone in town knows how to direct you there. The Hot River is a natural phenomenon that occurs when water running over volcanic rocks meets water from glacier runoff, creating the perfect steaming temperature for a hot tub (river). Just mark off a day on your calendar for this- you won’t want to leave. We met 2 individuals from France, 2 from Canada, and 1 from Finland in our little section of the river and we were able to chat with each other with very little difficulty (this was thanks to their excellent linguistic skills, not ours). Dehydration finally pulled us away from the river, and we headed back down to town, grabbed some food, and headed back to Reykjavik.
We splurged on our last night in Iceland and stayed at Hotel Reykjavik which is beautiful and clean and felt so wonderful after a week of camping. The next day, we regretfully flew out of Reykjavik and headed home. This was a spectacular trip and I’m so glad we took the time to do it.
I’ll be writing more informational articles later, and hope to cover food costs, gas, cars, restaurants, finances, etc. For now, I just want anyone planning a trip to have an outline for the best way to cover the ring road in a very limited period of time.