How hot is the water in Reykjadalur?

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How hot is the water in Reykjadalur?

Q: The story on the French tourist suffering burns after slipping into a hot spring in Reykjadalur near Hveragerdi neglected to mention how hot the water is up there. So, how hot is the water?

Jim Slocum, Dousman, Wisconsin, USA


A: The news story we translated didn’t specify how hot the hot spring in which the tourist fell was, but according to, hot springs in Iceland can reach temperatures of up to 100°C (212°F) so tourists are asked to be careful in geothermal areas.

According to Reykjavík Energy, all the hot springs in Reykjadalur are 100°C at the source but then they flow in streams down the valley and are mixed with cold streams, making the temperature comfortable for bathing.