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Hot springs near Reykjavik

Hot springs near Reykjavik
Hot springs are found all over Iceland, but they are rare in the eastern basalt area. There are about 250 low-temperature geothermal areas with a total of about 800 hot springs. The average temperature of their water is 75° Celsius. The largest hot spring in Iceland, Deildartunguhver, has a flow of 150 liters of boiling water per second. Some of the hot springs are spouting springs or geysers. Springs charged with carbon dioxide are to be found in some districts, mainly in Snaefellsnes, but have not yet been utilized. Since the last Hekla eruption, springs rising from under the new lava have also been found to be charged with carbon dioxide.