Grýta or Grýla as it is sometimes called is just outside of Hveragerði - above the town. The reason for it to have 2 names is due to a typo. Icelanders use either name, I use Grýta.
Grýta is Hveragerði´s best known hot spring, which used to erupt up to 15 meters in the air 24 times a day, i.e. every hour. Then it cooled down, as it were, and now one would hardly notice it.
There is now a picnic area by Grýta. One can only see the hot air coming from the ground, but we visit it while in Hveragerði, if only to pay it respect for what it used to be.
Hveragerði is in the main area where the tectonic plates meet and on the 29th of May 2008 there was an earthquake 6,3 on the Richter scale right under Mt. Ingólfsfjall. It caused a lot of damage in Hveragerði, Selfoss and surrounding areas.
There is now an exhibition next to the Hveragerði library on what damage the eartquake did to the houses in Hveragerði. And an eartquake simulator where you can walk into a shed and feel what it felt like during the earthquake.
Eden went bankrupt in December 2008 and was bought by another company who believe in the old Nordic gods "Ásatrúarmenn" and was reponed in May 2009 by the name of Iðavellir. It went bankrupt also and now (March 2010) it is closed. I hope it will reopen as this is a must stop while in this area.
On June 25th Eden was reopened in its original form - I am very happy about this as it is a must to stop there, buy some flowers and have a coffee. The owner is looking into buying 3 primates from Germany to keep in Eden - the kids will love it.
The Viking ship has gone from Eden, I guess it must have belonged to the former owners.
ON THE 22ND OF JULY 2011 EDEN BURNT DOWN :(