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HVERAGERÐI
Great numbers of people pass through or by Hveragerði each year. With a population of about 2300 and located only 45 km from Reykjavik, Hveragerði may be viewed from the vantage point of the Kambar mountain slope, as it spreads out across a 5000 year-old lava field. Throughout the year, pillars of steam may be seen rising up from the town – and in summer it is truly a green community, abounding in trees. A green revolution is taking place as areas of woodland in and around Hveragerði expand, with the locals working together in order to further develop their blossoming town. Certainly, the most precious gem of the town of Hveragerði is its geothermal area – indeed, there are not many communities in the world with hot springs literally in their back yard. The geothermal area is securely fenced off for safety reasons but can be visited during opening hours listed on the park's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/Geothermalpark or by emailing tourinfo(at)hveragerdi.is for more information and groupbookings.   A new hot spring area emerged from the ground in the earthquake that shook Iceland´s southern part on 29th May 2008. It is situated on the hillside rising above the town.Several very active hot springs throw colorful mud and clear water up into the air and are a spectacular sight. Besides the hot springs, Hveragerði has much to offer. Trout and salmon swim in the Varmá river, berries are for the picking on the heath to the west of the town, and the area abounds in excellent walking routes. Not to mention the swimming pool, hot baths, whirlpools, a natural sauna, and a fitness center. Also, the NLFÍ Health and Rehabilitation Clinic offers opportunities to seek health and happiness.
ÖLFUS
The main town in Ölfus is Þorlákshöfn, west of Eyrarbakki. The town is important as a port because the only viable harbour on Iceland's southern coast between Grindavík in the west and Höfn in the east is situated there. The town has a population of about 1500 people. The industrial foundations in Þorlákshöfn are ship-outfitting and fish processing factories, with business and service industries growing fast. Leisure opportunities for tourists are excellent, with an outdoor swimming pool with hot baths, a steam bath and a brand new waterslide. A good campsite is next door to the pool, with indoor cooking facilities and spaces for mobile homes. From the swimming pool you can select many walking routes in the surrounding area and longer walks along the coast, leading all the way to Selvogur and Herdísarvík, and along the beach leading to Óseyrarbrú and Eyrarbakki. In the Egilsbúð library and museum items that tell the story of the development of the town are to be found. The town church in Þorlákshöfn is built in a unique style, and Strandarkirkja church in Engilsvík in Selvogur is famous as a place for vows. Anyone wishing to go caving has the Raufarhólshellir caves, which are some 1360 metres long. Duggan in Thorlákshöfn and Skíðaskálinn in Hveradalir offer many services to travellers, among them food and drink. Many scenes in the epic blockbuster movie "Flags of our Fathers" (directed by Clint Eastwood and produced by Steven Spielberg - 2005) were filmed on the black beaches close to Þorlákshöfn. There are also plans to construct a big international golf course close to Þorlákshöfn.
STOKKSEYRI
STOKKSEYRI Stokkseyri, pop. 559, is a charming village renowned for its beautiful seashore, breaking ocean waves and birdlife as well as being rich in handicraft and culture. Workshops, galleries, Ghost Center, and the Elves and Northern Lights Museum are all located in a Cultural Centre, Menningarverstöðin, an old fish processing factory that has found a new role due to changes in the fishing industry. The Wildlife Museum is dedicated to hunting and wildlife and contains a large number of mammals and birds. The bunkhouse Þuríðarbúð provides an excellent example of how fishermen had to make use of what nature provided. Stokkseyri also offers one of the most famous seafood restaurants in Iceland, an outdoor swimming pool, kayak tours, and a campsite. East of Stokkseyri is Knarrarósviti Lighthouse, built-in 1938 and put into operation a year later. For further information, visit the tourist information at the local Café, Gimli Kaffihús. ÁRBORG The Municipality of Árborg was established in 1998. It consists of the town Selfoss, the villages of Eyrarbakki, Stokkseyri, and the Sandvík area. This region offers great options for recreation and relaxation including a wide selection of restaurants, cafés, art galleries, museums, and swimming pools, as well as a 9-hole golf course in Selfoss. A perfect location for any visitor who wants to stay closer to nature and explore unique landscapes such as large lava fields and black sand beaches.  The Árborg area has a population of 10.346 people (September 2020).
EYRARBAKKI
Eyrarbakki, pop. 585, is a friendly village that used to be the largest commercial community and main harbor on the South Coast of Iceland. A large number of preserved houses from 1890 - 1920 are situated in Eyrarbakki and a visit is therefore like going 100 years back in time. Other great attractions are The Eyrarbakki Maritime Museum and the Árnessýsla Folk Museum which is located in a building constructed in 1765, famously known as “The House”. Here you can also find a campsite, hostel, guesthouses and a great restaurant. On the rocky shoreline is an amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean where you can watch the surf break. It is an ideal spot for hiking and bird watching. Passing the beautiful recreational forest Hallskot northwest of Eyrarbakki you enter the Flói Bird Reserve. It is an important nesting area, especially for wetland birds, and is listed as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by Bird Life International. ÁRBORG The Municipality of Árborg was established in 1998. It consists of the town Selfoss, villages of Eyrarbakki, Stokkseyri and the Sandvík area. This region offers great options for recreation and relaxation including a wide selection of restaurants, cafés, art galleries, museums and swimming pools, as well as a 9-hole golf course in Selfoss. A perfect location for any visitor who wants to stay closer to nature and explore unique landscapes such as large lava fields and black sand beaches.  The Árborg area has a population of 10.346 people (September 2020).
BORG
Borg is a growing small village. There you will find a swimming pool , campsite, grocery store and coffee house.
SÓLHEIMAR ECO-VILLAGE
Sólheimar is considered the oldest Eco-Village in the world. Sólheimar were established as a children's home 80 years ago, but today Sólheimar focuses onoffering people with special needs varied and creative employment opportunities, jobs in organic horticulture and forestry in a close-knit community that focuses on environmental issues and vivid cultural life. Sólheimar workplaces include six creative art workshops, Naerandi - an organic bakery, Ölur - organic forestry, Sunna – organic horticulture, Brekkukot Guesthouse and catering service, and Graena Kannan – organic café. All products are sold in the Vala grocery store and art gallery.
LAUGARVATN
Laugarvatn is a shallow lake, about 2 km2 in size, and is located in the inlands of Árnessýsla, midway between Þingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir, 100 km from Reykjavík. Under its floor there are hot springs heating the lake so it is warm and suitable for bathing all year round. On its bank rests a village of over 300 inhabitants, also named Laugarvatn. The Laugarvatnsfjall mountain with its birch-covered slopes on the west shelters the village and also adds to the charm and beauty of the place. Between the mountain and the lake, north of the village, there is a panoramic point (hringsjá) providing a good view over the lake and its surroundings. In addition, amongst the green hills and woods north of the lake the area is suitable for camping, pony-trekking and hiking. Nearby you will find a lot of marked hiking routes. It is possible to hire a boat or a sailboard to use at lake Laugarvatn. Just outside Laugarvatn there is a golf course and possibilities of angling in lakes and rivers in the area. Laugarvatn is a popular tourist resort for Icelanders, and it is also the site of educational institutions, as for example the Grammar School of Laugarvatn. There are two Edda Hotels located there as well.
REYKHOLT
The development of the small village Reykholt started in the first half of the 20th century, when geothermal activity was discovered in the area. There are numerous horticultural farms in the region and increasing services; grocery store, swimming pool, guesthouse, camp site, horse-shows and greenhouse visits for groups. Here is video from Reykholt in South Iceland. 
LAUGARÁS
The development of the small village Laugarás started when geothermal activity was discovered in the area. There are numerous horticultural farms in the region and various services; camp site, hotel, greenhouse visits and the Domestic Animal park. The Health Care Clinic for the area is located in Laugarás.
FLÚÐIR
Flúðir is a rapidly growing community in the center of Hrunamannahreppur district, about 25 minutes off the main Ring Road. The area is considered to be very fertile and beautiful. Litla-Laxá, a clear spring river runs through the village in an attractive basin. Miðfell, a small mountain, towers over Flúðir, and gives the surrounding area a distinctive look. Good walking and riding paths lie to the top of Miðfell. Up there you will find an impressive lake and from the top, there is a great view over the area.  The main sources of employment in Flúðir are services, industry, and horticulture. Geothermal heat is utilized for greenhouses, and there is the biggest mushroom factory in Iceland. The surrounding area is a popular location for summerhouses. Flúðir has excellent services available for visitors. Among those are accommodation, restaurants, grocery store, camping ground, swimming pool, golf course, football golf, horse rental, and The Secret Lagoon.
ÁRNES
One of Iceland’s most popular tourist areas, inland Árnessýsla boasts a wealth of natural wonders and well-marked historical sites. Hot springs and geothermal heat characterise the region and make their impact on the culture of the area, as well as on the historical sites marking milestones in the history of the country and society of Iceland. The inlands in Árnessýsla stretch from Þingvellir to the Þjórsá river and into the central highlands. The inhabitants are abut 2600 and live in four municipalities: Bláskógabyggð, Grímsnes- og Grafningshreppur, Hrunamannahreppur and Skeiða- og Gnúpverjahreppur.
BRAUTARHOLT
A small village. Swimming pool, shop, community center and camp site.
ÞYKKVIBÆR
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