Deildartunguhver: Most Powerful Hot Spring In Europe


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Known as Europe’s most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver is located in West Iceland. With the flow of 180 liters of hot water per second, this hot spring gets the attention of visitors around the world. The water flowing at the temperature of 97°C is used to heat the nearby cities of Akranes and Borganes. All the water in the range of 65 km reaches from this thermal spring. So if you take shower at any place within the range of 65 kilometers, you will experience the hot water of Deildartunguhver powerful spring. The piping hot water comes out of a rocky outcrop covered with algae, creating a steamy surface above the base. If you love to explore the natural beauty, this hot spring is worth to visit.  

While making a trip to West Iceland, you can visit the nearby places including Hraunfossar Waterfalls, and Barnafoss waterfall. Get a glimpse of an ice tunnel in Langjökull glaciers while your visit to the Deildartunguhver hot spring.

Deildartunguhver geothermal area in west Iceland, largest hot spring in the world

You can find variety of interesting attractions nearby the hot spring. Krauma geothermal bathe and greenhouses with organic vegetables and fruits is to be found next to the hot spring. The warm water in the baths comes from Deildartunguhver. 

Drive for 20 mins towards East, and witness the Hraunfossar waterfalls. Running down the brims of Hallmundarhraun lava field, Hraunfossar waterfalls falls into the river Hvítá. You will be amazed by the blue glacier water, coming from the Langjökull Glacier. If you are traveling with a group of friends or family, you can add these travel sites to your itinerary. While visiting the Borgarfjörður region, you will witness the beautiful landscape; nature and culture of this place reflect the heritage and history. If you like to be adventurous, you can also enjoy horse riding and lava caving in the most accessible lava cave in Iceland, Víðgelmir

Reaching Deildartunguhver Spring

Deildartunguhver is located at a distance of around 100 kilometers North from Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland. It is situated near the village of Kleppjarnsreykir, west of Reykholt. If you are starting from Reykjavik, follow the Route Number 1 to drive through the towering Mt. Esja and under-sea tunnel of Hvalfjörður. When you are about to pass the bridge to Borgarnes, take a right turn towards Borgarfjörður valley. Drive on Road 50 until you see the signboard of Deildartunguhver. Traveling from Reykjavik to this thermal hot spring takes around one and a half hours.

We recommend that you visit the town of Reykholt. Reykholt was home to Snorri Sturluson, Iceland’s well known historian. There are many restaurants and hotels around this hot spring that offer excellent food and other services.

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