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The Quake 2008

Quake 2008
Earthquakes in the south of Iceland in may 2008.
A powerful earthquake (6, 3 Richter scale) struck the Southern part of Iceland at 15:45 on the 29th of May in 2008. The epicenter of the quake was about two kilometers southeast of Hveragerði. The earthquake was widely felt across Iceland, from Reykjavík all the way to Ísafjörður in the West fjords. The Civil Protection Department immediately announced highest alert (distress phase) in Hveragerði and neighboring area as a huge after quake was expected. The area closest to the epicenter of the quake suffered severe damage of houses and contents as this was being thrown around in the earthquake.
The exhibition in Hveragerði presents the causes and the huge impact the earthquake 2008 causes in Hveragerði. The exhibition shows the experience of residents, how it affected the buildings, local environments and other damage. Television screens show the recordings from surveillance cameras, photographs taken by the locals and information from The Earthquake Engineering Research Centre. At the exhibition visitors can experience a powerful earthquake (+6 Richter) in an earthquake simulator. An earthquake crack that was encountered at the building site in 2003 is visible in the floor and is illuminated up for visitors.
Access to the exhibition is free but fee is taken for the earthquake simulator.

The Quake 2008

Sunnumörk 2

GPS Points N63° 59' 43.514" W21° 11' 22.468"
Telephone

+354 483 4601

Opening period All year
Service Open year round Public lavatory Tourist information center
Categories Museums , Exhibitions

Travel directory for The Quake 2008

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Others

Cora´s House and Horses
Guesthouses
  • Bjarnastaðir
  • 816 Ölfus
  • 844-6967
Travel North
Jeep- & Glacier Tours
  • Sunnuvegur 5
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 776-8707, 770 0034
Sveitagarðurinn - petting zoo and activity park
Mini-Zoo & Open farm
  • Stóri-Háls
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 898-1599, 697-9461
Þorlákshöfn Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Hafnarsandi
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 483-3009, 844-5756
Eat in Iceland Scenic Food Tours
Day Tours
  • Ástjörn 7
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 697-9280
Iguide
Travel Agency
  • Móland 3
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 699 5777
Bakkahestar
Day Tour Provider
  • Stekkjarvað 5
  • 820 Eyrarbakki
  • 823-2205
Selfoss Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Selfossi
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-3335
Between the Rivers
Day Tour Provider
  • Norðurbraut 33
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 822-3345
Garun Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Skólavellir 7
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 864-3250
Laugaskarð Swimming pool
Swimming Pools
  • Laugaskarð
  • 810 Hveragerði
  • 483-4113
Iceland South Coast Travel
Winter adventure
  • Lambastaðir
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 777-0705
The Botanical Garden – Hveragerði
Family & Fun Parks
  • Breiðamörk
  • 810 Hveragerði
  • 483-4000
Alhestar
Horse Activities
  • Faxabraut
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 650-6200
Nskt destination
Day Tour Provider
  • Tryggvagata 13
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 898-6463
SPS-ferðir
Day Tour Provider
  • Stekkholt 1
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 856-5255
Hveragerði Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Gufudalur
  • 810 Hveragerði
  • 483-5090, 483-5091
L.F.C Island
Day Tours
  • Egilsbraut 4
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 690-1111
Bifreiðastöð Árborgar
Taxi
  • Eyrarvegur 2
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-3800
Reykjavík Private Cars
Travel Agency
  • Gjáhella 3
  • 221 Hafnarfjörður
  • 892-0888
Paintball
Paintball & Lasertag
  • Kálfhólar 21
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 857-2000
Ride With Locals
Travel Agency
  • Strokkhólsvegur 7
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 699-5777
History and Culture
12.89 km
Selfosskirkja - church

Selfoss Church was built from 1952 to 1956 and consecrated on Palm Sunday, 25 March 1956. It was designed by the headmaster of the Technical College in Selfoss, Bjarni Pálsson (1912-1987). The building was expanded between 1978 and 1984; a tower, porch and congregation hall with a kitchen and facilities, which now serve the purpose of a convention center, was added to the structure.

History and Culture
14.77 km
Laugardælir

Laugardælir is a small hamlet near the town of Selfoss. Laugardælir was one of Iceland's busiest ferry sites until a bridge was built across Ölfusá in Selfoss in 1891. The church at Laugardælir was built in 1965 using mainly concrete and it is 300 m2 in total. In the church cemetery is the burial site of former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer (1943-2008).

Nature
9.30 km
Arnarbæli

Arnarbæli is a district in Ölfus and from the 12th century up until the beginning of the 20th century it was one of the best fields in Iceland to produce hey. Now there are large ruins from the old farm at Arnarbæli that are protected. Due to the wetlands around Arnarbæli you will find many interesting bird species in the area such as a Eurasian Oystercatcher, a Red-necked Phalarope and a Eurasian Wigeon.

History and Culture
22.54 km
Árnesinga Folk Museum - The House at Eyrarbakki

Húsið (The House) at Eyrarbakki is one of Iceland's oldest buildings, built in 1765 when Danish merchants were allowed to overwinter in Iceland for the first time. Merchant families lived in the House for almost two centuries and over that period the House was the center for art and European culture in Iceland; fashion, music and literature spread from there throughout the country. Eyrarbakki village was at that time one of the largest harbours and trading places in Iceland, serving farmers along the coastline from the extreme west to the extreme east.

At the Árnesinga Folk Museum's varied exhibitions in The House, visitors can experience past times and learn about the remarkable history of the building.

Opening hours:

15th May - 15th Sept. Daily: 11-18. And by arrangement

16th Sept - 14th May: By arrangement.

History and Culture
21.56 km
Hraungerdi church

Hraungerði is a church manor and former assembly site. The land once belonged to Hróðgerður the Wise, one of the first settlers and progenitor of the clan Oddverjar. The first mention of a church in Hraungerði is in Bishop Páll's records from around 1200 AD and since then there have been numerous churches built in Hraungerði. The current church, established in 1902, was designed by architect Eiríkur Gíslason from Bitra and is now preserved.

Nature
18.95 km
Ölfus black sand beach

Ölfus has a black sand beach that stretches from Thorlákshöfn to Ölfusa river. A long walk on the beach surrounded by black sand and lyme grass is the perfect way to unwind from the day to day stress.
The beach is also a popular surfing spot and the waves are suitable for those taking their first steps at surfing. For more advanced surfers the waves by the lighthouse in Thorlákshöfn are superb.

Nature
11.78 km
Stóri-Hellir cave in Hellisskógur

The cave was formed at a latter glacial period by sea erosion. Sea levels have been higher than now several times and signs of sea erosion can be seen on more cliffs in the area which are made of around 0, 7 - 3, 1 million year old basalt. The cave was previously used to store hay in the back and as a sheepcote in the front. It was once believed that the cave was haunted by a ghost wearing a blue scarf. The story tells of a young man who was broken hearted and hung himself in the cave using a long blue scarf.

Nature
0.88 km
Geothermal area in Hveragerdi

Right inside the town of Hveragerði is an area of hot springs from which the community derives its name (hver = hot spring). The hot springs of Hveragerði are among the most remarkable natural attractions og south Iceland. Visitors to the Geothermal Area can learn about geothermal energy and the springs, which include Eilífur, a geysir which erupts regulary, Ruslahver which has an interesting history. You can also boil an egg in the area and try the hot spring bread."

April May June July August September
Weekdays 09:00- 17:00 09:00- 17:00 09:00-18:00 09:00-18:00 09:00-18:00 09:00-17:00
Saturdays Closed 09:00- 17:00* 09:00-18:00 09:00-18:00 09:00-18:00 09:00-17:00
Sundays Closed Closed 10:00-16:00 10:00-16:00 10:00-16:00 Closed
*From 15th May
During winter we welcome groups upon request

Telephonenumber: +354 4835062

https://www.facebook.com/Geothermalpark/

For the Children
0.95 km
Reykjafoss in the Botanical Garden in Hveragerði

The Botanical garden in Hveragerði is in the center of the town. Since 1983 it has given people the chance to relax and enjoy nature amongst the trees and the wonderful river Varmá with the waterfall Reykjafoss right next to the garden. Further along the river a hiking trail goes past ruins of an old wool factory and ruins of a hydro-electric powerplant surrounded by colourful hot-spring areas.

Nature
21.23 km
Hafnarnes lighthouse and viewpoint

Hafnarnes is an area on the edge of the town Thorlákshöfn where you are surrounded by beautiful cliffs and the majestic ocean. A viewpoint is located in the area and from there you have panoramic views over the mountains surrounding the area such as the volcanoes Mt. Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. This area is also very popular amongst surfers and usually you can spot a few surfing. There is a small lighthouse on the cliffs, it is not open for visitors but is very picturesque with the waves banging against the cliffs.

History and Culture
12.28 km
Ölfusárbrú - suspension bridge

A suspension bridge over Ölfusá River was first built in 1891 and became the largest bridge in Iceland at the time. In September 1944, when the bridge had been in use for 53 years, the eastern bearing cables broke due to the weight of two trucks. A new suspension bridge was built in 1945 which only took five and a half months but while it was being constructed the old bridge had been fixed for temporary use. The bridge is 84 meters long and is in the town Selfoss.

Nature
3.46 km
Reykjadalur valley

Reykjadalur valley is the most popular and arguably the most beautiful hiking area in Ölfus. Hot springs and colourful areas full of geothermal activity entertain along a hiking trail which leads to a hot river. For some of the length of the river the temperature in it is perfect for bathing and that's a wonderful natural experience.

Nature
21.66 km
Flóaáveita - canals

Flóaáveitan are canals that run through the entire Flói region, from Ölfusá in the west to Þjórsá River in the east. This monumental construction consisted of 300 km long canals and 900 km of embankments. The Flói irrigation system reached over 12 thousand hectares of land and became a major transition in farming and production in the area at the time. The construction of Flói irrigation system began in 1922 and irrigation began its activities in 1927. When the irrigation was inaugurated in 1927 it was one of the greatest structures in Europe and to this day it plays an important role in transferring water between farms. Beside the sluice gate you will find an information board with more details about the Flói irrigation system. To the east of the sluice gate is a marked hiking trail along Hvítá (about 4,4 km, one way).

History and Culture
1.14 km
LÁ Art Museum

LÁ Art Museum (Listasafn Árnesinga) welcomes you. It runs ambitious and various shows of contemporary as well as modern art in its four spacious exhibitions rooms. The exhibitions reflect our cultural heritage and our contemporary change.

The bright seating area offers visitors the chance to relax in a peaceful setting whilst browsing through art related reading material supplied. The Museum also houses a small café and the children´s corner gives the museum´s younger visitors a chance to enjoy themselves.

The Museum is owned by the eight Municipalities in Árnesinga County and supported by the Museum Council of Iceland.

LÁ Art Museum on Facebook

Nature
23.46 km
Kerið Crater

Kerið, is a 55 m deep volcanic crater, about 3000 years old. It is a part of a group of volcanic hills called Tjarnarhólar, and is now filled with water, creating a lake whose steep circular slopes resemble an ancient amphitheatre.

Nature
16.28 km
Hengill area and Geothermal energy exhibition

Mt. Hengill is a dormant volcano which erupted around 2000 years ago. The geothermal area around the dormant volcano Mt. Hengill is perfect for hiking. There are numerous marked hiking trails coloured after difficulty.
The Geothermal Energy Exhibition at Hellisheiði Power Plant is an exploration into the utilization of geothermal energy in Iceland. The Hellisheiði Power Plant is a great example of how geothermal energy can be utilized in a sustainable manner and is a showcase for geothermal' s global role in a renewable and sustainable future. The exhibition is located at Hellisheiði power plant by road no. 1.

History and Culture
24.73 km
Eyrarbakki Maritime Museum

The museum takes the visitor back to old times in a small Icelandic fishing village. On display is a fine collection of artifacts connected with fisheries, crafts, social and cultural life of the common people durning the last 100 years.

History and Culture
21.44 km
The Icelandic Farmhouse

At Austur-Meðalholt is the Icelandic Turf House exhibition and where one of Iceland's best preserved turf farms can be found. It is a great example of houses built using natural materials, a subtle and almost seamless extension of nature itself. The farmhouse tradition embodies an important element of Icelandic history and the Icelandic way of life over the centuries.

Nature
23.71 km
Timburhóll - Grove

Timburhóll is a beautiful grove where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings. You could even barbecue using the barbecue facilities provided but use caution with the fire and make sure not to leave any litter. This is also a memorial site of the great Icelandic artist and painter Ásgrímur Jónsson as well as the farmers Guðfinna Guðmundsdóttir and Stefán Jasonarson.

Others

Turf house
Museums
  • Asutur-Meðalholt
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 694-8108, 864-4484, 892-2702
Listgjáin
Exhibitions
  • Austurvegur 2
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-1467
Hveragerdi - Stone & Mineral Museum
Museums
  • Fákasel, Ingólfshvoli í Ölfusi
  • 816 Ölfus
  • 847-3460

Others

Matkráin
Restaurants
  • Breiðamörk 10
  • 810 Hveragerði
  • 4831105
Dalakaffi
Cafés
  • Reykjakot 2
  • 816 Ölfus
  • 862-8522
GK Bakarí
Cafés
  • Austurvegur 31b
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 847-4273
Krisp restaurant
Restaurants
  • Eyrarvegur 8
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 845-4252, 482-4099
KFC - Kentucky Fried Chicken
Restaurants
  • Austurvegur 46
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 570-6763, 570-6763
Bókakaffið / Book-coffee
Cafés
  • Austurvegur 22
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-3079
Þrastarlundur
Restaurants
  • Þrastarlundur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 8667781
Vor restaurant
Restaurants
  • Austurvegur 3
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-3330
Subway
Diners
  • Eyrarvegur 2
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 530-7071
Hotel Selfoss
Hotels
  • Eyravegur 2
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 4802500
Félagsheimilið Borg / Borg Community Hall
Restaurants
  • Grímsnes
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 480-5500
Rósakaffi
Cafés
  • Breiðamörk 3
  • 810 Hveragerði
  • 4833301
Domino’s Pizza
Diners
  • Eyravegur 2
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 581-2345
Svarti Sauðurinn
Restaurants
  • Unubakki 4
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 483-3320
Surf & turf
Restaurants
  • Austurvegur 22
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-2899, 896-1250
Café Sól
Cafés
  • Selvogsbraut 41
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 8228998
Skálinn in Þorlákshöfn
Gas station
  • Óseyrarbraut 15
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 483-3801, 8943858
Bakery Almar
Cafés
  • Sunnumörk 2-4
  • 810 Hveragerði
  • 483-1919
Tommi's burger joint
Restaurants
  • Eyravegur 32
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 8955010
Reykr
Restaurants
  • Hverhamar
  • 810 Hveragerði
  • 8459193
Meitillinn
Restaurants
  • Selvogsbraut 41
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 483-5950, 892-2207
Þingborg camp site
Camping
  • Þingborg
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 691-7082
HVER Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Breiðamörk 1c
  • 810 Hveragerði
  • 483-4700
Fiskverslun Hveragerðis
Shopping
  • Breiðumörk 2
  • 810 Hveragerði
  • 851-1415
Hot Dog Stand
Diners
  • Tryggvagötu
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-1782
Kebab
Restaurants
  • Eyravegur 3 neðri hæð
  • 800 Selfoss
Krían - Bar & Pub
Restaurants
  • Kríumýri
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 897-7643 , 899-7643
N1 - Service station Selfoss
Gas station
  • Austurvegur 48
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-1005
Tryggvaskáli Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Tryggvatorg
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 4821390
GÖ Bistro
Restaurants
  • Öndverðarnes
  • 805 Selfoss
  • 698-6918
Hveradalir restaurant
Restaurants
  • Skíðaskálinn í Hveradölum
  • 110 Reykjavík
  • 8948060, 567 2020

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