"Deildartunguhver - the largest geothermal spring." M ras sla Things to Do Tip by Regina1965
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Deildartunguhver geothermal spring is the largest geothermal spring in Iceland and in Europe. It provides 180 l/sec of 97% hot water. Only 40% of the geothermal spring water can be seen on the surface.
Deildartunguhver geothermal spring is a series of hot springs covering an area of 50 meters. The main area is by a clay hill, which is called either Laugarhˇll or Hverahˇll.
There is a hard fern (blechum spicant) by Deildartunguhver which can not be found elsewhere in Iceland. Deildartunguhver is harnessed and used for heating the houses in the nearby towns Akranes (64 km away) and Borgarnes (34 km away).
Be very careful while visiting Deildartunguhver, as it is boiling hot and it bubbles and boils and spurts a whole lot. You can walk right up to it, but there is a small fence right in front of it. There is so much steam here that once my mother and I lost one another in the steam ;)
The hot spring gets its name from a farm, Deildartunga, which is up on a hill close by.
There are a lot of green-houses in this area and in summer time you can buy brand-new tomatoes there, which are grown on the spot. They are left there on a small carriage and you leave your money in a money box there. The farmers trust us with leaving the money in the box and I find it really cosy finding the tomatoes waiting for you there.
Address: Reykholtsdalur, Borgarfj÷rur, West-Iceland
Directions: From ring-road 1 turn right on road 50 just before you reach the bridge by Borgarnes town. Fossat˙n is on your left hand side. Pass road 518 leading to Reykholt and on your left hand side is Deildartunguhver.
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