Þeistareykir Geothermal Area

Þeistareykir geothermal field @ Christin Irma Schröder
Þeistareykir geothermal field @ Christin Irma Schröder

Þeistareykir is Húsavík´s closest active geothermal field. Similar to the Krafla area by Lake Mývatn, Þeistareykir is a geothermal area with a range of unusual geological attributes, including boiling pools of sulfuric acid, volcanic craters, lava fields and table-top mountains.

Keep your eyes peeled for ghosts, monster dogs and large furry white things with teeth – supposedly, 12 polar bears once visited the farm here and chewed the farmers to pieces before being hunted down by the remaining son.

Just watch out not to step on the pale colored clay, it might well melt the soles of your shoes or burn your feet.

Getting There

Þeistareykir power station in winter @ Gaukur Hjartarson
Þeistareykir power station in winter @ Gaukur Hjartarson

Take the junction up the hill next to the post office in Húsavík in the direction of Þeistareykir. Follow the road about 30km until you reach the geothermal power plant Þeistareykir.

GPS: 65°52’52.0″N 16°58’18.4″W