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HVOLSVOLLUR

Hvolsvöllur - Rangárþing eystra with a population of about 1800, is a vast district in central South Iceland and ranges from the highlands to the sea. It boasts a great number of geological wonders, a fact which led the area to be a part of Katla UNESCO Global Geopark along with two other districts to the east; Mýrdalshreppur and Skaftárhreppur. Rangárþing eystra is known for its many beautiful nature scenes like the waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, Þórsmörk which is a paradise for hikers and the famous volcano Eyjafjallajökull.

The district's most densely populated area is the town Hvolsvöllur with about 900 inhabitants. Hvolsvöllur's primary businesses are services for the agriculture, their surrounding areas and the tourism industry. Hvolsvöllur is in fact the only town in Iceland which has not been established by the sea or a river, but entirely as a center of service for the area. Only about 100 km from Reykjavík, Hvolsvöllur is an excellent location from which to base for exploration of South Iceland. Its central location makes it ideal for day trips in the region and then back for a good night's sleep in one of the area's many types of accommodation. You can find a lovely green area in the center of town where you can stretch your legs, let your kids play and enjoy a picnic and each summer you find there an outdoor exhibition by local area photographers. Only 30 minutes from Hvolsvöllur you can find Landeyjahöfn from where you take the ferry to Vestmannaeyjar.

At Hvolsvöllur you can find the Njál's Saga Center which is fitting since all around town is the scene of action for one of the most famous Icelandic Saga, The story of burnt Njal. In the spring of 2017 LAVA, Iceland volcano and earthquake center will open in Hvolsvöllur with new and exciting possibilities for travelers.

At Hvolsvöllur there is a bank, a post office, a tourist information center, a hotel, guesthouses, camping sites, restaurants, shops, a pharmacy, a healthcare center, a fully equipped sports center, a swimming pool, car services, a rescue team, gas stations and other businesses and public services.

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HVOLSVOLLUR
GPS Points N63° 45' 2.842" W20° 13' 25.995"
Postal codes

860,861

Population

1750 in municipal

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Ársæll Hauksson
Tour Operators
  • Skálakot
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 867-3535
Geirlax
Tour Operators
  • Skógar
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 660-3858
TG TRAVEL
Tour Operators
  • Skógum
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 869-0093
Southcoast Adventure
Travel Agency
  • Ormsvellir 19
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 867-3535
House of the potter
Crafts & Design
  • Austurvegur 2
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 482-1011, 691-3033
Stóra-Mörk 3
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Stóra-Mörk III
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8903, 866-7587
Skogar Guesthouse
Tour Operators
  • Skógar
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 894-5464
Ytri Skógar
Horse Activities
  • Skógar
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8832, 844-7132
RiverHorses.is
Tour Operators
  • Bakkakot
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 896-9805
Sveinn Kristján Rúnarsson
Tour Operators
  • Króktún 5
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 557-5651, 892-7592
South Iceland Chocolate
Shopping
  • Stóragerði 10
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 847-3555

Others

Nupur 3
Farm Holidays
  • Núpur 3
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 867-6023
Heim ad Holti
Farm Holidays
  • Holt
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
Barkarstaðakot
Cottages
  • Barkarstaðakot
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
Staðurinn
Guesthouses
  • Breiðabólsstaður
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8010
Fossbúð
Restaurants
  • Ytri Skógar
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8843
Fagrahlíð Guesthouse
Farm Holidays
  • Fljótshlíð
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 863-6669
Hrútafell Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Hrútafell
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 862-4968, 487-8804
The Garage Apartments
Apartments
  • Varmahlíð
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8962, 896-5727
Hvolstun 15
Bed & Breakfast
  • Hvolstún 15
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 866-6101
Hvolsvöllur Guesthouse
Bed & Breakfast
  • Hlíðarvegur 17
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 696-0459
Slyppugil camping site - Thorsmork
Camping
  • Þórsmörk
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 575-6700
Skógar Camping Ground
Camping
  • Skógum
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 863-8064, 487-8892
Básar Camping ground
Camping
  • Básar á Goðalandi
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 893-2910
Nicehostel Seljalandsfoss
Hostels
  • Seljalandsskóli
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 787-0100
Spoi Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Hlíðarvegur 15
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 861-8687
Bergþórshvoll
Guesthouses
  • Bergþórshvoll 2
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-7715, 863-5901
Hvolsvöllur Camping Ground
Camping
  • Austurvegur 4
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 866-8945, 898-2454
Ásgarður
Cottages
  • Ásgarður
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-1440
Eg homestay
Bed & Breakfast
  • Stóragerði 1a
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 772-2929
Skogar Apartment
Apartments
  • Kennarabústað 2
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
Hlíðarvegur 17
Bed & Breakfast
  • Hlíðarvegur 17
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
Ásólfsskáli
Farm Holidays
  • V-Eyjafjöllum
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8989
Vestri-Gardsauki
Guesthouses
  • Vestri Garðsauki
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8078, 867-3440
Stóra-Mörk 3
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Stóra-Mörk III
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8903, 866-7587
Kross farmhouse
Farm Holidays
  • Kross 1a
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 859-3515, 487-8515
North Star Cottage
Cottages
  • Lambafell
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-1212
Oldubakki
Bed & Breakfast
  • Öldubakki 31
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 891-8291, 567-8291
Gilsbakki 2
Bed & Breakfast
  • Gilsbakki 2
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
Hótel Skógar
Hotels
  • Ytri Skógar
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-4880, 487-8843
Hotel Edda Skogar
Hotels
  • Skógar
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 444-4830
Guesthouse Húsið
Guesthouses
  • Fljótshlíðarvegur
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 892-3817
Eystra Seljaland camping site
Camping
  • Eystra Seljaland
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 894-1595
Fishing lodge at Eystri Ranga
Guesthouses
  • Eystri Rangá
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 531-6100, 774-7589
Langbrok Café
Camping
  • Kirkjulækur
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 863-4662
Guesthouse Mid-Mork
Guesthouses
  • Mið-Mörk
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-5050
Hamragarðar Camping Ground
Camping
  • Gljúfrabúi base, road 249
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 866-7532, 867-3535
Welcome Hotel Lambafell
Guesthouses
  • Lambafell
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-1212
Kornhóll
Cottages
  • Sámsstaðir 1 - lóð nr. 4
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
Drangshlíð
Farm Holidays
  • Austur-Eyjafjöllum, Rang.
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8868, 568-8869
Edda's B&B
Bed & Breakfast
  • Hlíðarvegur 15
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8687, 861-8687

Others

Heimamenn
Restaurants
  • Skarðshlíð
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 651-1010
Drangshlíð
Farm Holidays
  • Austur-Eyjafjöllum, Rang.
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8868, 568-8869
Fossbúð
Restaurants
  • Ytri Skógar
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8843
Langbrok Café
Camping
  • Kirkjulækur
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 863-4662
Hótel Skógar
Hotels
  • Ytri Skógar
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-4880, 487-8843
Vestra-Fiflholt
Farm food direct
  • Vestra-Fíflholt
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 898-4992
Hotel Edda Skogar
Hotels
  • Skógar
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 444-4830
Gallerý Pizza
Cafés
  • Hvolsvegur 29
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8440
Slyppugil camping site - Thorsmork
Camping
  • Þórsmörk
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 575-6700
Armot Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Ármótum, Rangárvellir
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-5131
Nature
Efra-Hvolshellar caves

The caves in Efra-Hvol (Upper Hvol) have histarically been referred to as "the Irish Caves" which are set into the so-called, "Irish Heath". It was originally thought that many of these man-made or artificial caves were madein the 19th century, but in fact, their histofical names appear to confirm they originated even beforr the settlement period.

More geosites in the neighbourhood: www.katlageopark.com

Nature
Dimon

Great Dímon is the name of a landmark that landmark East Landeyjar, Fljótshlíð and West Eyjafjöll. Great Dimon has a sister mountain called Litla Dimon or Little Dimon. The name is thought to come from Latin, meaning twin mountains or two alike. It has also been said that the word means haystack and it certainly is reminiscent of a haystack surrounded by golden fields. Near the mountain a sign has been erected by the Saga Center of Hvolsvöllur which tells of battles fought in the area during the times of the settlement of Iceland in the most famous of Icelandic sagas, Njálssaga. The mountain is only 178 meters high and is a fun hike for both adults and children.

Nature
Eyjafjoll

Eyjafjöll is a beautiful region of south Iceland, which is easily accessible and popular with visitors.

Check out www.eyjafjoll.is Eyjafjoll's website aims to provide a wide range of useful information for visitors to the area: we tell you about walking routes, places of interest, and tourist services in the Eyjafjöll region.

Nature
Skogafoss - Waterfall

Only a few kilometers away from the south shores of Iceland, lies the village of Skógar along the Southern Ring Road. It is a popular summer-resort centre surrounded by unusual scenic beauty. The breath-taking view of Skogáfoss waterfall and scenic surroundings and the snow-capped heights of two towering glaciers are Skógar's major summer attractions. There are two settlements by this name. One is Ytri-Skógar (outer or western Skógar) and the other Eystri-Skógar (eastern Skógar), located at a short distance from each other. Ytri-Skógar, commonly referred to as Skógar, is the main settlement. It is an old farm and has a church from 1890. It is located between the Skógá and Kverná rivers.
The greatest attraction of Skógar is of course the beautiful 60-metre high Skogáfoss waterfall in the river Skógá. Like the legends of buried treasures of Egill Skallagrímsson in Mosfell near Reykjavík and Ketilbjörn in Mosfell near Skálholt, there is a similar legend about the settler Þrasi who is believed to have buried his chest of gold under the Skogáfoss waterfall.
If the sun conditions are favourable - one can see a vivid rainbow in front of the waterfalls. The river below the falls holds a large salmon and char population and fisherman are seen here fishing July - October. The path leading to the top of the waterfalls continues following the river upstream - where numerous more dramatic waterfalls of sheer beauty are to be found. A great hike - to say the least!
One of the finest folk museums in Iceland is situated in extraordinarily beautiful natural surroundings. The interesting local folk museum has a collection of over 6000 artifacts and examples of various types of dwellings in Iceland since the early times. The collection of tools and equipment used at land and sea is outstanding. The museum also has an old turf farmhouse, where guests can experience the standards of living in Iceland in past centuries.
From Skógar the Ring Road runs eastwards along the foot of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, across the southern sandy plains and over glacial rivers, passes Seljavellir and continues along the soaring glaciated massive of Eyjafjöll and the two waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Gljúfrabúi. From here runs a 10 km long trek along the river Skógá over the Fimmvörðuháls Pass between the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers to the mountain oasis of Þórsmörk.
Skógar is a place to explore the natural diversity of the south or, if the weather is good, to spend a holiday amid beautiful and rugged landscapes. It is also very close to the ocean and the unique black bea

Nature
Merkjárfoss / Gluggafoss

The Merkjá River has several beautiful waterfalls, but the most outstanding is Gluggafoss or Window Falls. (also known as Merkjárfoss) The upper half of the cliff is palagonite or tuff rock and the lower ledge is basalt. The river has formed tunnels and grooves through the soft rock and a series of 'windows' in the tunnels, thereby earning the name 'Gluggafoss'. At the very top of the falls, the river passes under a stone arch. As the rock is rather soft, the waterfall has changed over time. Around 1947 the upper half of the waterfall could hardly be seen, as the water flowed into a vertical tunnel behind the cliff. It was only visible through three different openings or 'windows' one above the other. The water came out through the bottom 'window', forming a beautiful arch, except when the water rose in the river, forcing it through all three windows. Further changes occurred when Hekla erupted in 1947, causing a 20 cm thick layer of volcanic ash to be carried downstream by the river. The vertical tunnel formation nearly disappeared as it filled with ash. It has taken nearly 50 years for the falls to return to its former glory.


More geosites in the neighbourhood: www.katlageopark.com

History and Culture
Skogar church

Skógar was a church site from shortly after the adoption of Christianity in Iceland around 1000 AD; the first church was built by about 1100, dedicated to St. Nicholas. In the early centuries Skógar Church was wealthy, but after the Reformation of 1550 it went into decline. The last church at Skógar was a modest wooden church, built in the mid-19th century, and demolished in 1890.
The present Skógar Church at the museum site was designed by architect Hjörleifur Stefánsson and consecrated in 1998. The exterior structure is new, while most of the interior fittings are from Kálfholt Church, built in 1879. The windows, which date from 1898, are from Gröf Church. One of the bells, which dates from about 1600, is from Höfðabrekka, the other from Ásar, Skaftártunga, from 1742. All the ecclesiastical goods date from the 17th and 18th centuries. The altarpiece is from Ásólfsskáli Church (1768), the candelabra from Steinar Church and Eyvindarhólar Church (16th century). Various religious ceremonies take place each year in Skógar Church. The church is non-denominational, and welcomes all Christian ceremonies.

The present Skógar Church at the museum site was designed by architect Hjörleifur Stefánsson and consecrated in 1998. The exterior structure is new, while most of the interior fittings are from Kálfholt Church, built in 1879. The windows, which date from 1898, are from Gröf Church. One of the bells, which dates from about 1600, is from Höfðabrekka, the other from Ásar, Skaftártunga, from 1742. All the ecclesiastical goods date from the 17th and 18th centuries. The altarpiece is from Ásólfsskáli Church (1768), the candelabra from Steinar Church and Eyvindarhólar Church (16th century). Various religious ceremonies take place each year in Skógar Church. The church is non-denominational, and welcomes all Christian ceremonies.

History and Culture
The Saga Centre at Hvolsvollur, The story of Burnt Njall

At the Saga Centre in Hvolsvöllur, guests are invited into a medieval world of Icelandic culture in the early centuries of Iceland's history. The exhibition covers such subjects as ocean travel and navigation, religion, Viking cosmology, and the literary art of the sagas, Iceland's most important contribution to world literature. Prominence is given to Njáls Saga, the masterpiece of Icelandic sagas, which takes place in the Rangárvellir region. The saga tells of the close friendship between the hero, Gunnar of Hlídarendi, and the sage, Njáll of Bergthórshvoll; and it tells of their wives, who are sworn enemies and think nothing of sacrificing the lives of slaves and labourers in the service of their own virulent disputes, it tells of powerful love, conflicts and deceit, battles and holy reconciliation. The pagan way of thinking and complicated intrigues, gives Gunnar´s enemies the right to kill him and the sage Njáll and his wife are burned to death in their home with their sons. In the Viking Hall, a replica of a medieval longhouse, its walls paneled with timber, and the benches are clad with horsehide, the guest can sit down or continue to the model of the assembly site at Þingvellir around 1000 AD. The Centre also houses an interesting exhibition on the history of commerce and the cooperative movement in South of Iceland.


Open summer 09:00 - 19:00 from June 1. - Septemer 1.

Nature
Seljalandsfoss and Gljufrabui Waterfalls

A unique waterfall in the river Seljalandsá, about 30 km west from Skógar. It is 60 meters high with a foot path behind it at the bottom of the cliff, but with a thin cascade. It is the only known waterfall of its kind, where it is possible to walk behind it. The waterfall is very picturesque and therefore its photo can be found in many books and calendars.

Access to the waterfall is from the farm of Seljaland along the Ring Road, Iceland's main highway. A little further to the west there are several other falls, among them the interesting Gljúfrabúi which is partially masked by its own canyon. Access to it is from Hamragarðar farm along the road, east of Markarfljót.

Both of these "do-not-miss" attractions lie very close to the main Ring Road at the base of the Eyjafjallajökull Glacier, on the road leading in to Thorsmörk.

History and Culture
Folk Museum and Museum of Transport in Skogar

Situated next to the stunning Skógafoss waterfall in extraordinarily beautiful natural surroundings, the Skógar Folk Museum preserves the cultural heritage of southern Iceland through its collection of tools and equipment, handicrafts, old buildings, books, manuscripts, and documents. A key part of the Museum's work has been the reconstruction of several old farmhouses, so visitors can see how Icelanders lived in the past. In 2002 the Museum opened a new Museum of Transport. It not only explores the history of transportation, communication, and technology in Iceland in the 19th and 20th centuries but also includes a history of Icelandic postal services and electrification.During the summer the Café Skogar, with its delightful selection of Icelandic soups, sandwiches, and home-baked cakes, is a charming place for lunch or just a snack. (In winter, the Café is available only for group lunches.) The Museum shop, located in the Museum of Transport, offers an excellent selection of books and Icelandic memorabilia, all at reasonable prices.

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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