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Hvolsvöllur

Vallarbraut

GPS Points N63° 45' 13.370" W20° 13' 48.554"
Telephone

+354 488-4295

Opening period All year
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Laufas
Cottages
  • Laufás
  • 851 Hella
  • 867-3505
Undraland
Cottages
  • Þjóðólfshagi 6
  • 851 Hella
  • 894-0835, 554-6636
Ásgarður
Cottages
  • Ásgarður
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-1440
Fishing lodge at Eystri Ranga
Guesthouses
  • Eystri Rangá
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 531-6100, 774-7589
Hotel Selið
Hotels
  • Stokkalæk
  • 851 Hella
  • 867-5574
Midholl guest house
Guesthouses
  • Miðhóll
  • 851 Hella
  • 898-5828
Álfasteinn Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Þjóðólfshagi 25
  • 851 Hella
  • 772-8304
Selalækur Country Guesthouse
Farm Holidays
  • Selalækur 3
  • 851 Hella
  • 848-9220
Hlíðarvegur 17
Bed & Breakfast
  • Hlíðarvegur 17
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
Þjodolfshagi 3
Farm Holidays
  • Þjóðólfshagi 3
  • 851 Hella
  • 867-7005
Fagrahlíð Guesthouse
Farm Holidays
  • Fljótshlíð
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 863-6669
Ketilhus
Cottages
  • Ketilhúshagi 33
  • 851 Hella
  • 564-5510
Árbakki
Farm Holidays
  • Árbakki 47
  • 851 Hella
  • 562-0032, 699-8764
Kross farmhouse
Farm Holidays
  • Kross 1a
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 859-3515, 487-8515
Guesthouse Arnarhvoll
Apartments
  • Hvolsvegur 30
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 666-2211
Staðurinn
Guesthouses
  • Breiðabólsstaður
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8010
Langbrok Café
Camping
  • Kirkjulækur
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 863-4662
Guesthouse Nonni
Bed & Breakfast
  • Arnarsandur 3
  • 850 Hella
  • 894-9953
Vestri-Gardsauki
Guesthouses
  • Vestri Garðsauki
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8078, 867-3440
Grandavor
Camping
  • Hallgeirsey, Austur-Landeyjum
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 898-8888 , 864-6486
Gilsbakki 2
Bed & Breakfast
  • Gilsbakki 2
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
Oldubakki
Bed & Breakfast
  • Öldubakki 31
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 891-8291, 567-8291
Hamragarðar Camping Ground
Camping
  • Gljúfrabúi base, road 249
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 866-7532, 867-3535
Árhús - Árhús Information Center Hella
Guesthouses
  • Rangárbakkar 6
  • 850 Hella
  • 487-5577
Barkarstaðakot
Cottages
  • Barkarstaðakot
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
Kornhóll
Cottages
  • Sámsstaðir 1 - lóð nr. 4
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
Bergþórshvoll
Guesthouses
  • Bergþórshvoll 2
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-7715, 863-5901
Eystra Seljaland camping site
Camping
  • Eystra Seljaland
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 894-1595
Welcome Riverside Guesthouse
Apartments
  • Þrúðvangur 32
  • 850 Hella
Hótel Dyrhólaey country hotel
Hotels
  • Mýrdalur
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1333
Kanslarinn
Hotels
  • Dynskálum 10c
  • 850 Hella
  • 487-5100
Hvolsvöllur Guesthouse
Bed & Breakfast
  • Hlíðarvegur 17
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 696-0459
Dægra Cottages
Cottages
  • Dægra I
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
Hvolsvöllur Camping Ground
Camping
  • Austurvegur 4
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 866-8945, 898-2454
Nicehostel Seljalandsfoss
Hostels
  • Seljalandsskóli
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 787-0100
Welcome Riverside Guesthouse
Apartments
  • Þrúðvangur 34
  • 850 Hella
Rangárbakki
Cottages
  • Langanesi
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
Unastadir cottage
Cottages
  • Unastaðir í landi Reynifells lóð F-2
  • 851 Hella
  • 566-8914, 849-1216, 822-7055
Uxahryggur - Cottage
Cottages
  • Uxahryggur
  • 851 Hella
  • 517-7333
Welcome Riverside Guesthouse
Apartments
  • Þrúðvangur 37
  • 850 Hella
Fagrabrekka
Guesthouses
  • Syðri-Rauðilækur
  • 851 Hella
  • 696-6004, 487-5051
Kátakot
Cottages
  • Miðkot
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
Edda's B&B
Bed & Breakfast
  • Hlíðarvegur 15
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8687, 861-8687
Miðtún
Apartments
  • Miðtún 2
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
Hvolstun 15
Bed & Breakfast
  • Hvolstún 15
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 866-6101
AtvTravel.is
Tour Operators
  • Lambalækur
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 661-2503, 661-2504
Eg homestay
Bed & Breakfast
  • Stóragerði 1a
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 772-2929
Hotel Hella
Hotels
  • Þrúðvangur 6
  • 850 Hella
  • 487-4800
Spoi Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Hlíðarvegur 15
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 861-8687
Nature
4.15 km
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
16.58 km
Ægissíðufoss waterfall

The Ægissíðufoss waterfall in Ytri-Rangá is a few kilometres further down the river from Hella. The waterfall is a well-known fishing location on the river and has a salmon ladder. The waterfall is magnificent all year round, as the flow is quite steady throughout the year given that Ytri-Rangá is a spring-fed river. Any changes to its flowrate can for the most part be attributed to spring thaws.

When thoughts turned to bridging the Ytri-Rangá river, Jón Þorláksson, the then Chief Civil Engineer and later Prime Minister, examined the option of building a bridge just above Ægissíðufoss. This construction did not materialise, and the bridge was ultimately built where the village of Hella stands today.

A popular hiking trail lies from Hella down to Ægissíðufoss along the Ytri-Rangá river and is much used by both locals and visitors.

Nature
13.39 km
The Ægissíða Caves

Many believe that the man-made caves in Ægissíða date from before Norse settlement in Iceland and that Celtic monks resided there. One of those who believed this theory was poet Einar Benediktsson, who recruited painter Kjarval to sketch the etchings on the wall. He also got Matthías Jochumson, the parish pastor at Oddi, to conduct a mass in Kirkjuhellir.

A total of twelve caves are known in the Ægissíða farmland. Several are currently accessible, but most are either closed or dangerous to access. All the caves are privately owned, so they cannot be accessed without the permission of the occupants.

For years, the caves have been a popular destination for travellers, with the most popular of them being Fjóshellir. Fjóshellir consists of a tall and wide dome. The ceiling is higher at the end of the cave, and its shape is reminiscent of an altar or chapel. There is an embossed cross on the middle of the cave wall, an indication that Christians dwelt there.

The caves have not yet been dated with any accuracy, and scholars disagree as to whether the caves can reasonably be assumed to pre-date the settlement period.

For years, the caves were used as shelter for livestock or to store hay. Fjóshellir was used as a barn for the Ægissíða cowshed. The cave was linked to the cowshed by rail, and the hay was pulled in a cart along the tracks.

Nature
13.04 km
Self guided walk in Hella

The archaeology app takes you on a self-guided tour in the village of Hella. Hella does not have a very long history but there has been a farm, Gaddstaðir, at Hella for few decades. The first inhabitant to move to Hella which didn 't have the goal to be a farmer was Þorsteinn Björnsson. He moved in in 1927, he opened a store which he named Hella. From that moment that village started to develop and the name Hella grew to the village. The app will take you for an approximately 1 1/2 hour walk around the village where you will get to know a lot more. To download the "wapp" app search in app store or google play, it's free.

Nature
17.65 km
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
16.19 km
Keldur at Rangárvellir

Keldur is a historic settlement where Jón Loftsson, the chief of the Oddaverjar clan, lived during the last years of his life. Keldur also had a Catholic monastery. There is a medieval-type turf farm at the site, the only large turf farm that has been preserved in South Iceland. There is an underground tunnel leading from the hall, thought to date from the 12th or 13th century, which was probably built as an escape during a time of conflict.

Although most of the houses date from the 19th century, the oldest part of the farm building is the oldest preserved part of a turf farm in Iceland. A number of outhouses have also been preserved at the farm. There is also a church there, built by constable Guðmundur Brynjólfsson in 1875.

The church is built of timber and clad with iron. The pulpit, altar and candle arms were built by Hjörtur Oddsson, joiner and farmer at Eystri-Kirkjubær. The altarpiece illustrates the Last Supper and is by Ámundi Jónsson, joiner in Syðra-Langholt. The church underwent repairs in 1956-1957. Gréta and Jón Björnsson painted and decorated the church, like they did with the church at Oddi.

Keldur derives its name from the springs that can be found in the farmland. The farm and its occupants are mentioned in many works of medieval literature, including Njal's Saga, Sturlunga Saga and the Saga of Saint Thorlákur.

The old farm at Keldur is managed by the National Museum of Iceland and can be visited daily during the summer.

Nature
13.17 km
Ytri Ranga river

Ytri-Rangá flows past Hella. Its source is to the north of Mount Hekla, in Rangárbotnar at Landmannafréttur, where it surfaces in several places from under the lava fields. The river is 55 km in length and one of the richest salmon fishing rivers in Iceland. The river is fed by run-off and springs.

There are several waterfalls along the river, Fossabrekkur, Gutlfoss, Árbæjarfoss and Ægissíðufoss. Approximately 10 km below Hella, Þverá joins the river and is called Hólmsá until it runs into the sea.

There has been considerable fish farming in the river for many years, which means that the river is more often than not at the top of the list of Icelandic salmon fishing rivers and is extremely popular as such. The farming operations in the river are in the hands of the Ytri-Rangá Fishing Association.

History and Culture
13.04 km
Hella

Hella is the municipality's main population centre, with over 800 residents. The economy of Hella consists mainly of services to the agricultural sector. The town hosts a slaughterhouse for large livestock, a meat processing plant, chicken slaughterhouse and adjacent processing plant, veterinary centre, incubation station, automobile workshop, electrical workshop, woodworking shop and various other smaller agricultural service providers.

Hella also has a grocery store, restaurants, hotel and guesthouses, nursing and retirement homes, swimming pool, laundry, healthcare centre, glass workshop, fish processing and seafood store, electrical appliance and gift store, bank, post office, camping ground, pharmacy, tyre shop, gas station, sports facilities, primary and nursery schools, as well as various other services and public bodies. In addition, the town hall and service centre for the municipality are located in Hella.

Hella's history began in 1927, when a shop was opened at the location. It was later replaced by the co-operative society Þór, and as the co-op grew and prospered, Hella became the main trading centre in the western part of the Rangárvallasýsla region, extending across the farmlands Gaddstaðir, Helluvað and Nes at Rangárvellir.

The village grew considerably in the sixties when many of the people working on the development of power plants in the area built homes and settled there. Growth slowed down after that, but since the turn of the century, Hella has grown steadily, with new apartments being constructed every year.

One of the best-known equine sports facilities in Iceland is located in Hella: Gaddstaðaflatir, also known as Rangárbakkar. The facilities include competition pitches for riding sports as well as an indoor riding arena. Five national meets have been held there, in 1986, 1994, 2004, 2008 and 2014, and the sixth is planned in 2020.

Nature
23.68 km
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.

History and Culture
7.82 km
Strönd at Rangárvellir

Strönd at Rangárvellur is now best known for its 18-hole golf course, run by the Hella Golf Club, but there is also an excellent restaurant there, located in the golf club's club house. The restaurant is open to the public year-round, where the emphasis is on local produce.

The Hella Golf Club moved to Strönd in 1972 after operating for two decades at Gaddstaðaflatir at Hella. Since then, the club has put much work into improving and expanding the area, and it is now one of Iceland's best golf courses.

Strönd has a much longer history, however, and from 1933 to 1970, a boarding school for the district was located there. Strönd was also the district assembly site for Rangárvellir and had a post office, central telephone office and an assembly hall, where many of the district's biggest events were held.

Nature
22.11 km
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.

Nature
13.45 km
Ægissíðuhellir

Many believe that the man-made caves in Ægissíða date from before Norse settlement in Iceland and that Celtic monks resided there. One of those who believed this theory was poet Einar Benediktsson, who recruited painter Kjarval to sketch the etchings on the wall. He also got Matthías Jochumson, the parish pastor at Oddi, to conduct a mass in Kirkjuhellir.

A total of twelve caves are known in the Ægissíða farmland. Several are currently accessible, but most are either closed or dangerous to access. All the caves are privately owned, so they cannot be accessed without the permission of the occupants.

For years, the caves have been a popular destination for travellers, with the most popular of them being Fjóshellir. Fjóshellir consists of a tall and wide dome. The ceiling is higher at the end of the cave, and its shape is reminiscent of an altar or chapel. There is an embossed cross on the middle of the cave wall, an indication that Christians dwelt there.

The caves have not yet been dated with any accuracy, and scholars disagree as to whether the caves can reasonably be assumed to pre-date the settlement period.

For years, the caves were used as shelter for livestock or to store hay. Fjóshellir was used as a barn for the Ægissíða cowshed. The cave was linked to the cowshed by rail, and the hay was pulled in a cart along the tracks.

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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