“ City: Hveravellir / Country: Iceland / World Region: Europe „
Hveravellir is located in the middle of nowhere between Iceland's two biggest cities Akureyri and Reykjavik, it can be found on the Kjolur overland route - a road with very little traffic over rough terrain.
Hveravellir is a warm spring oasis, a pleasant bit of heat in the chilly, blusttery Iceland interior. I'm not sure if the weather was particularly bad for the summer when we visited - below 0, raining and windy but it didn't seem so. Hveravellir was once the famous hideout of Icelandic criminal Fjallur-Eyvinder who escaped to the interior in the 1800's and lived there for 20 years, he spent about 2 years here with his wife. A lot of the names of the springs revolve around his visit.
Living out here for 20 years, I can't imagine what a tough character this guy was - this was the warm part and even I found that nipping from the hut to the warm springs in the freezing (it is a few hundred metres) to be quite a test of character and I certainly don't consider myself sissy! The springs are warm and there is a mud bath but nothing in particular stands about them other than their barren location and that the admission is considerably cheaper than any of the nature baths (about 400kr as I recall)
There are two huts which have basic beds and work as hostels and there is a campground (god forbid!), the first being far from comfortable but warm, cheap and standard hiking fare, the latter endurance test in the wind is a definite no no for anyone other than someone planning an Arctic adventure.
The staff were warm and welcoming and the tea and cake was a nice touch. There are also several hiking routes from which this is a base - the shortest is 4 hours and the longest is 3 days, that is of course if you don't just start it and come back after an hour! This place is wild and untouched but there's not a lot going on and the weather makes it hard to relax unless you are a polar bear.
One of the many amazing natural resources in Iceland. Its positioned between two glaciers, Langjökull and Hofsjökull. At Hveravellir there are both steam and water hot springs.