Hveragerði Travel Guide

  • View from No. 1 road
    View from No. 1 road
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  • The hot spring
    The hot spring
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  • The hot spring
    The hot spring
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Hveragerði Things to Do

  • AN EARTHQUAKE FOR 300 KRONER

    Hveragerdi is a town that is built on top of Iceland's geothermal area and we had a brief stop here at Sunnumörk shopping center (a few shops only) on our Golden Circle Tour. Before you reach the town you will be able to see on your left steam rising from the ground. This is where the geothermal plant is located. Hveragerdi has many green houses...

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  • A hot spring beneath a house.

    In 1977 a house in Hveragerði started rising and elevated a couple of cm. A rift appeared in the floor, so big that one could put an Icelandic "króna" down the rift.Earlier a hot spring had opened up and started erupting in the kitchen of one house. This is a risk factor for the habitants living in Hveragerði. And during earthquakes when new hot...

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  • How to make use of a hot spring in...

    Hveragerði is named after its numerous hot springs and the inhabitants of Hveragerði have found many ways to make use of their natural resources.In Hveragerði there has been a geothermal swimming pool since 1938, making it one of the oldest swimming pools in Iceland and this swimming pool was once the biggest swimming pool in the country. The...

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  • Reykjafoss waterfall and the wool...

    The first sign of the development of the town of Hveragerði was back in 1902 when a wool factory was built by Reykjafoss waterfall in Varmá river. The wool factory was in operation from 1902-1914 or when the wool factory went bankrupt. The water from the river Varmá was harnessed to power the factory engines. There was another wool factory like...

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  • The Geothermal area in Hveragerði -...

    Hveragerði is a pure geothermal town and "hver" means hot-spring. There is a geo-park inside of the town, Hveragarðurinn, much like other towns have parks. In the big earth-quake on the 29th of May 2008 new fissures opened and others closed, making it dangerous to hike on some hiking-trails above Hveragerði. On the day I visited the geo-park a...

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  • Grýta - hot spring.

    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...

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  • An earthquake simulator in Hveragerði.

    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...

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  • Eden - Hveragerði - and continues and...

    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 -...

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  • Eden - Hveragerði - the saga continues.

    Eden is in Hveragerði and the drive from Reykjavík is about a 45 minutes. There are a lot of hot-springs in Hveragerði (hver=hot spring). Eden is a green-house with all kinds of plants for sale and banana-plants with real bananas, a souvenir shop with a wide variety of woolen goods and a sheep (which has paid a visit to the taxidermists) called...

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  • The Geothermal area above Hveragerði.

    There is a geothermal area with hot springs just outside of Hveragerði town by the roots of the mountain Reykjafjall. When in Hveragerði it is well worth visiting this area. It is just a couple of minutes further up the main-road in Hveragerði and ca a 7 minutes' walk from the main road.There was an earthquake here in May 2010 and it played havoc...

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  • The Flower festival "Blómahátíð" in...

    The Flower festival in Hveragerði was held for the second time on the 25th-27th of June. This is such a good idea as Hveragerði, literally "Hot-spring Fence" goes by another name, Blómabærinn or "The Town of Flowers". Hveragerði comes alive in the last weekend of June, the inhabitants do a very good job of decorating the town with flowers and there...

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  • An earthquake-rift inside a library in...

    Inside the library in Hveragerði there is an earthquake-rift in the middle of the library. When construction work was started on the foundation of the shopping complex in Sunnumörk in 2004 they came across an earthquake-rift. The construction had to be stopped, but then it was decided to build the library on top of the chasm and cover it with glass...

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