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HELLA

Inhabitants in Rangárþing ytra (westen Rangárþing) are 1526 (year 2016). The borders of the district are by Ásahreppur district, from the river Þjórsá in the west, to the glacier Vatnajökull in the north. The south borders are from the glacier Mýrdaljökull to the river Eystri-Rangá. In Rangárþing ytra are extensive agricultural productions. In the area you can find many well known nature resources and historical places for example Hekla, Landmannalaugar and the sagatrail of Njáls saga. The district's most populated area is the town Hella with 823 inhabitants(year 2016). Hella's primary businesses are service for the agriculture, inhabitants and the tourism industry. At Hella you can find, a bank, a post office, a tourist information center, a hotel, guesthouses, camping sites, restaurants, shops, a pharmacy, a healthcare center, a sport center, a swimming pool, primary school, car services, rescue team, gas stations and other businesses and public services.

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HELLA
GPS Points N63° 50' 2.338" W20° 23' 35.774"
Postal codes

850,851

Population

1526 in municipal

Travel directory for HELLA

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Others

Toptours / Erlingur Gíslason
Tour Operators
  • Þrúðvangur 36a
  • 850 Hella
  • 861-1662
Hella Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Strönd
  • 851 Hella
  • 487-8208
Sagnagarður Visitor Centre
Museums
  • Gunnarsholt
  • 851 Hella
  • 488-3000
Local Travel, south Iceland
Tour Operators
  • Stóri Klofi
  • 851 Hella
  • 692-8992
South Tour ehf.
Tour Operators
  • Bogatún 26
  • 850 Hella
  • 788-9700
Keldur - An Old Farmhouse
Museums
  • Keldur, Rangárvellir
  • 851 Hella
Íslenskar hestaferðir ehf.
Travel Agency
  • Ás 1
  • 851 Hella
  • 897-3064
Hraun Hestar, Landmannalaugar Riding Tours
Tour Operators
  • Lýtingsstaðir
  • 851 Hella
  • 868-5577
CrossRoads.is
Tour Operators
  • Baugalda 5
  • 850 Hella
  • 862-9366
Hella Horse Rental
Tour Operators
  • Gaddstaðaflatir
  • 850 Hella
  • 864-5950
Eiríkur Vilhelm Sigurðarson
Tour Operators
  • Baugalda 23
  • 850 Hella
  • 866-2632
Miðás
Farm Holidays
  • Miðás
  • 851 Hella
  • 894-6566, 863-3199
Horsetravel.is
Tour Operators
  • Hrólfsstaðahellir
  • 851 Hella
  • 772-8883, 862-8101

Others

Uxahryggur - Cottage
Cottages
  • Uxahryggur
  • 851 Hella
  • 517-7333
Miðás
Farm Holidays
  • Miðás
  • 851 Hella
  • 894-6566, 863-3199
Unastadir cottage
Cottages
  • Unastaðir í landi Reynifells lóð F-2
  • 851 Hella
  • 566-8914, 849-1216, 822-7055
Mountain Mall
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Landmannalaugur
  • 851 Hella
  • 618-7822
Árhús - Árhús Information Center Hella
Guesthouses
  • Rangárbakkar 6
  • 850 Hella
  • 487-5577
Skeidvellir Villa
Cottages
  • Skeiðvellir
  • 851 Hella
  • 896-6890, 487-6572
Álfasteinn Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Þjóðólfshagi 25
  • 851 Hella
  • 772-8304
Selalækur Country Guesthouse
Farm Holidays
  • Selalækur 3
  • 851 Hella
  • 848-9220
Raudholl
Bed & Breakfast
  • Rauðhóll
  • 851 Hella
  • 844-8538
Guesthouse Heimaland
Farm Holidays
  • Landssveit
  • 851 Hella
  • 487-5787
Laugaland Camping Ground
Camping
  • Laugaland í Holtum
  • 851 Hella
  • 895-6543
Nefsholt
Cottages
  • Nefsholt
  • 851 Hella
  • 487-6514, 899-6514
Kanslarinn
Hotels
  • Dynskálum 10c
  • 850 Hella
  • 487-5100
Fjarkastokkur
Farm Holidays
  • Fjarkastokkur
  • 851 Hella
  • 893-3837
Laufas
Guesthouses
  • Laufás
  • 851 Hella
  • 867-3505
Undraland
Cottages
  • Þjóðólfshagi 6
  • 851 Hella
  • 894-0835, 554-6636
Ketilhus
Cottages
  • Ketilhúshagi 33
  • 851 Hella
  • 564-5510
Rangárflúðir
Cottages
  • Ægissíða, Rangárstígur
  • 851 Hella
  • 487-5070, 895-6915
Holavangur 7
Bed & Breakfast
  • Hólavangur 7
  • 850 Hella
  • 487-5143, 862-5143
Guesthouse Nonni
Bed & Breakfast
  • Arnarsandur 3
  • 850 Hella
  • 894-9953
Hotel Hella
Hotels
  • Þrúðvangur 6
  • 850 Hella
  • 487-4800
Hotel Selið
Hotels
  • Stokkalæk
  • 851 Hella
  • 867-5574
Galtalækur 2
Cottages
  • Galtalækur 2
  • 851 Hella
  • 861-6528, 487-6528
Þjodolfshagi 3
Farm Holidays
  • Þjóðólfshagi 3
  • 851 Hella
  • 867-7005
Áning Camping Ground
Camping
  • Stóra-Klofa
  • 851 Hella
  • 487-6611, 894-4991
Árbakki
Farm Holidays
  • Árbakki 47
  • 851 Hella
  • 562-0032, 699-8764

Others

The icelandic chicken
Farm food direct
  • Landnámshænsnasetrið, Þykkvabæ
  • 851 Hella
  • 581-3348, 861-3348
Olis - Service Station - Quiznos
Cafés
  • Þrúðvangur 2
  • 850 Hella
  • 487-5180, 840-1806
Hotel Hella
Hotels
  • Þrúðvangur 6
  • 850 Hella
  • 487-4800
Hrolfsstadahellir
Farm food direct
  • Hrólfsstaðahellir
  • 851 Hella
Árhús - Árhús Information Center Hella
Guesthouses
  • Rangárbakkar 6
  • 850 Hella
  • 487-5577
Kaldbakur
Farm food direct
  • Kaldbakur
  • 851 Hella
Hotel Lækur
Tour Operators
  • Hróarslækur
  • 851 Hella
  • 466-3930
Kanslarinn
Hotels
  • Dynskálum 10c
  • 850 Hella
  • 487-5100
History and Culture
Heklacentre

The Hekla Center houses a contemporary, multimedia exhibition on Mount Hekla, its history, and its influence on human life in Iceland from the time of the island's settlement until now.

The exhibition emphasizes the influence of the volcano on the inhabited areas close to it, that is, the districts of Landsveit, Holt, and Rangárvellir. The history of these districts is traced and the story of people's struggles with sandstorms and eruptions told. The Center has an outstanding restaurant and facilities for meetings and conferences.

The Hekla Center strongly supports cooperation with scientists, organizing and sponsoring conferences and exhibitions where the latest scientific research and findings can be presented. In addition, the Center has special educational materials for the schoolgroups that visit from all over the country, as well as for other visiting groups of Icelanders or foreigners.


The restaurant
Leirubakki has a first-class restaurant run by chefs who have earned excellent reputations at popular restaurants in Iceland and abroad.

A splendid specialities menu is available for guests, as well as special group menus on request. The highest standards are met in choice of ingredients and preparation. The ingredients are purchased locally, such as lamb from the Landmanna pastures and trout from Veiðivötn and Ytri-Rangá.

The morning and lunch menus focus on lighter dishes, while dinner menus are more extensive and varied. Coffee, cakes, bread and rolls are served all day until 6 pm, when the dinner menu takes over.

The dining room is in the Hekla Center, where a unique view of Hekla through its large windows underlines the proximity of the mighty volcano and Iceland's highlands.

The restaurant is open every day in the summers from 10 am until 10 pm, and in the winters according to a flexible schedule and special arrangements.

The Hekla Center is a working tourist information center, providing tourists advice about all of the surrounding area, including Mount Hekla, and organizing numerous trips to the mountain from Leirubakki.

Other attractions
Oddi church

Oddi, in the fields of the Rangá, is a major historic site. It first became famous around the middle of the 11th Century, when a church was built there, and thus is one of the oldest church sites in Iceland. It was a scholar, political and cultural center for centuries. In the year 1078, Sæmundur the Learned became priest of Oddi. Saemundur the Learned was a chieftain and the first important person to reside at Oddi. Saemundur is believed to have brought some Latin books from Paris, where he studied at the 'Black College', the forerunner of the present Sorbonnne. In one of the folktales about Saemundur the Learned and the Devil, Saemundur hits the devil on the head with a book which contained King David's Psalms, after he'd sat on the Devil's back across the Atlantic, on his way from France to Iceland. Although this may be more myth than reality, one thing is certain, that there must have been a fairly good collection of books in Latin at Oddi which Saemundur had other people write on skin for him and also various study books in Latin. Sæmundur established a school at Oddi, which is believed to have stood for two centuries.


Among other eminent Icelanders who studied at the Oddi school was Snorri Sturluson, the father of Icelandic historiography. Snorri Sturluson (1179 - 1241) was a poet and historian, born in Oddi, Iceland. Snorri acquired a deep knowledge of Icelandic tradition and a European breadth of outlook. His main works were the Prose Edda, a handbook on poetics, and Heimskringla, a series of sagas of the Norwegian kings down to 1177. Snorri also retold old Norse myths within stories of his own creation. His genius was his ability to present historical facts with the immediacy of drama. In 1215 he was elected law-speaker, or president of the Icelandic high court. He became involved in a plan for the king of Norway Haakon IV to rule Iceland, but when the plan failed he fled to Norway. After his return to Iceland against the wish of Haakon, the king took revenge and had him murdered. Some other known famous men of Oddi include Eyjolfur Saemundsson, Loftur Saemundsson and Jon Loftsson.

The most famous of the Oddi priests in more recent centuries was one of the national poets: the Rev. Matthías Jochumsson, who served at Oddi from 1880 to 1886. His poems and psalms are among the best 19th Century Icelandic literature has to offer and include the text of the national anthem Ó Guð vors lands ("Our Country's God", 1874).

The current Oddi church was erected in 1924 and has recently been comprehensively restored to a very intimate and romantic place of worship... The settings and surroundings here are simply too beautiful to describe with a clear view of the panoramic landscape of South Iceland. The Church in Oddi was chosen by GMTV in UK (Europes largest morning television program) as one of the 3 best locations in the world for an "Island Wedding" in a global viewer competition (alas - came in 2nd place closely after Mauritius). From Oddi - it is well worth climbing the hill Gammabrekka and enjoying the beauty of the countryside.

South Iceland

Towns & Villages

The south of Iceland has several towns and villages, each with its own style, charm and points of interest. Selfoss is the largest town and has a variety of shops, services, many restaurants and fast food places. Most towns are close to the main route, making them accessible and enjoyable.

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Map Höfn Kirkjubæjarklaustur Vík Vestmannaeyjar Hvolsvöllur Flúðir Laugarvatn Reykholt Laugarás Borg Brautarholt Hveragerði Árnes Selfoss Hella Stokkseyri Eyrarbakki Þykkvibær Þórlákshöfn