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Leppaluði borehole

Leppaluði borehole
Leppaluði borehole. / Chris 73, Wikimedia Commons / BY-SA 3.0

WorldBlue  In short

Often tourists mix up two hot springs or geysers – the artificial and more active Leppaluði borehole and dormant Grýla – once impressive geyser which is located just some 500 m to the south.

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GPS coordinates
64.0136 N 21.1888 W
Location, address
Europe, Iceland, Suðurland, approximately 45 km drive west from Reykjavík, approximately 1.6 km north from Hveragerði town, at the right side of the road leading to the north, to Reykjakot, at the bridge over Varmá River
Thermal springs, Geysers (not a real geyser)
Artificial spouter, around 2007 it was some 10 – 12 m high

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WorldYellow In detail

Both hot springs are located near Hveragerði town – an unusual town which is built over such springs.

Leppaluði is not a natural spring – this is a borehole that was constantly erupting hot water up to 10 – 12 m high. There is concrete around the borehole – thus it even does not look too natural.

This borehole is named after the husband of legendary ogress Grýla – Leppaluði.

Since the formerly active Grýla geyser is inactive today, some tourists happen to confuse the recently active Leppaluði with the nearby Grýla.

  1. Dirk Niemann, Hveragerði and Grændalur, Volcanic Springs. Accessed on April 17, 2019.
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