Reykjadalur Hot Spring River Hike

Reykjadalur Hot Spring River

I figured it was time for me to write a post about one of my favorite hikes to date. Big surprise, its in ICELAND. This hike to a hot spring river through the Reykjadalur Valley is an experience that you do not want to miss.

If you’re looking for a quick hike that you can do while staying in Reykjavik, i would highly recommend this one.

This is not a very difficult hike. I would say that it is accessible to people of most fitness levels.
Its about an hour drive from Reykjavik, and the closest town is Hveragerdi.

The name Reykjadalur translates to “Steam Valley”

Which is a very literal description of what you will experience on this hike.

Also, Be prepared to be smelling sulphur for the duration of this journey.

Most of the ascent is in the first kilometer of the trail, and then it levels out which makes for a lovely leisurely hike through the valley. It takes roughly 45 minutes to an hour one way.

After completing the initial ascent of the treck, you will come across a beautiful canyon to your left. Make sure to stop here and check out the beautiful waterfall in the valley.

Then, after meandering through these beautiful mountain valleys, you will begin to notice lots of little bubbling hot springs along side the trail. This means you’re very close to the river. Once you finally reach the river, and after you’ve adjusted to that yummy sulphur smell, you are rewarded with the best bathing experience ever!

As you can see in the image above, there are small stalls that you can change behind for a bit of privacy.

It was very cold and windy for the duration of the hike

And after stripping down to change in the cold wind, jumping into this hot river was the best reward.
It is a pretty indescribable feeling, being able to bathe in a completely natural hot river, surrounded by mountains. It is definitely an experience that you will never forget.

Though this isn’t a very lengthy hike at all, i would highly recommend taking your time once you arrive at the river. Pack a lunch and take time to enjoy the amazing natural surroundings.

Before doing this hike, I read a fantastic blog post by a lady named Regina – who posts for a site called “Guide to Iceland”.
Guide to Iceland is an excellent site with lots of great deals on tours/excursions etc. As well as lots of very helpful and informative blog posts. I highly recommend taking a peak before your visit to Iceland!

For more information on this hike, click the link below to read Regina’s Post on the Reykjadalur Valley!

Ucluelet is Never A Bad Idea

Life is swell, on the west coast

Taking time to reflect on that beautiful weekend we spent in Tofino last week.

Click the Link below to read my previous post about the amazingly adorable place that we stayed in.

After completing a small hike overlooking the beautiful Cox Bay, we began to take a little drive out to Ucluelet. We decided to stop at the Wild Pacific Trail to stretch our legs and give Nala a bit more of a walk. And what a fabulous choice that was.

We walked out to the lighthouse and were greeted with the some of the most magnificent waves. I was completely in awe of the turquoise colour of the water, and watching these massive waves crash behind the lighthouse.

It was every photographer’s dream conditions.

Not only were the waves mesmerizing, the sun was also peaking through the big thick navy blue clouds creating god-like sunbeams shining down on the ocean. I was in heaven. What started off as just a 15 minute break to stretch our legs, quickly turned into a 3 hour wave watching session until the sun went down.
Ucluelet is never a bad idea.

There really are no bad days on the west coast.

A road trip is not complete without a sweet playlist. So, I figured i’d leave you with the song and playlist that I had on repeat for this weekend.
What is your go-to music for road trips? Let me know in the comments below!

All images found on this blog have been shot & edited by Steph Gaul

How it all began

I first picked up a camera at the age of 10, and havent really put one down ever since.

Growing up on a tiny island off the coast of Vancouver Island, Canada, gave me such a keen sense of adventure, and an immense love for nature. For as long as i can remember, I’ve been infatuated by waterfalls, glaciers, volcanos, beaches, you name it. (No wonder i fell in love with Iceland so much)

I feel the most inspiration when I’m outdoors. Which is why shooting landscapes gets me so thrilled.

That being said, i also love photographing people.
I love getting to know new people and learning about their stories.

Photography, travelling and writing are of my favourite things in the world. Being able to combine these 3 aspects of my life gives me nothing but joy.

Anyway – i am tired of talking about my self. But id love to get to know you.

If you read all of this, I’m glad you’re here.
Now let me know, what inspires YOU?

All images found on this blog have been shot & edited by Steph Gaul