Seltún is a geothermal area in Iceland located close to Reykjavik and the Blue Lagoon. Seltún offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Mud pots and fumeroles
- Hot springs
Reykjavik is within an hours driving distance of Seltun but you could also stay at a hotel in nearby Grindavik.
Seltún Krýsuvík is a geothermal area full of mud pots and fumeroles. The area is extremely colorful due to mineral deposits from geothermal solutions. Seltún is relatively quiet for Icelandic attractions which makes it more fun, almost having the place to yourself. Personally I enjoyed Seltún more than the famous Geysir, it’s more beautiful with the colors and mountainside views and you see the same bubbling mud pots. All Geysir has that Seltún doesn’t is the geyser which erupts every 5 minutes.
Parking is free and plentiful at Seltún. You can walk around Seltún Krýsuvík in about 30 minutes, it’s perfect for a short walk as there is a boardwalk to follow around the area. Seltún is located on the side of a mountain so the weather can be pretty wild, I experienced, sun, snow, rain and wind in the 30 minutes I visited!
The view from the top of Seltún boardwalk is worth the stop by itself! You’ll see a beautiful colored landscape with a river winding through it. If you are driving to the Blue Lagoon on a day trip from Reykjavik, then Seltún is a small and worthwhile detour. On this detour you’ll also pass Kleifarvatn Lake, Eldborg and the town of Grindavik.
From Seltún I headed south towards Grindavik and the Blue Lagoon. As you head south you’ll pass some incredible scenery. Watch out for any lakes or melted snow at the side of the road as you can use this to make wonderful reflection photography of the surreal landscape.