Seltún

Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland
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Seltún is a geothermal area in Krýsuvík, next to the main road with a medium size parking lot and small basic toilet facilities for visitors. The area is known for its bubbling mud pots, hot springs and steam vents. The landscape is colourful as a result of the mineral deposits that have been brought to the surface by the geothermal activity. The steam vents are particularly impressive with small plumes of steam randomly situated in the mountain hill and grounds. Visitors can walk along wooden boardwalks that wind through the area, allowing them to get close to the geothermal features while also protecting them from hot and unstable ground. It is possible to go off the path but for that, a specialist is needed and a special permit. The views from the boardwalks, however, are spectacular and the area is highly interesting at all hours of the day.

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Accessibility

The location is just beside the main road so access is easy and could be closed off for your production.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Excellent phone coverage
Great phone coverage without interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

Close to Reykjavík, so hotels, gas stations and convenience stores are in abundance. Nearest hospital is also in Reykjavík.
Accommodation
< 50 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
< 50 km
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 30 km
Shopping
< 30 km

Permits

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This area needs a two-way permit, which the production service company can get for you.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit

Basecamp and facilities

The area has a big parking lot and small toilet facilities for visitors, perfect for tech base, offloading or a small basecamp. Phone coverage is good at this location.

Risk factors

The area poses significant dangers to visitors who don’t take proper precautions. The high temperatures of the water and steam can cause serious burns. The ground around the hot springs can be unstable with thin crust that you could easily break through while walking and step into boiling water below.

Visitors

The area is very popular with tourists but can be managed with PAs or park rangers.

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