Excellent hiking trails
Walkways and footpaths within town limits are excellent, and work is ongoing to mark and connect them into a coordinated whole.
Magnificent walking and hiking paths to suit all preferences lie in and around Hveragerði. Short walks in the vicinity can be made along the riverside and mountain slopes and onto the cliff overlooking the town. Signposted walking routes through the Mt. Hengill area lead to places including the lakes Ölfusvatn and Úlfljótsvatn, and over Mt. Hengill to Nesjavellir geothermal power station. The three valleys above Hveragerði are called Reykjadalur, Grændalur and, farthest east, Gufudalur. Grændalur takes its name (”Green Valley”) from the rich colours of its landscape. In Reykjadalur, Reykjavík Energy maintains a public shelter for walkers. Nearby, you can bathe in warm pools where hot springs flow into the river Reykjadalsá. Reykjavík Energy has signposted many walks through this area of geothermal springs and rich flora, and publishes a map showing the routes. Visit the Reykjavík Energy website for information about the Mt. Hengill area
Somewhat to the north of town is one of the country’s largest geothermal areas, Hengill, where plumes of steam can be seen for miles. Hiking and riding trails stretch from the town throughout Ölfusdalur valley, into the Hengill volcanic area and all the way to the Nesjavellir geothermal area and Þingvellir National Park. Along the way are warm springs where bathing is possible. Read about a hiking trip that started in Hveragerði!