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Hveragerði

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Hveragerði is a town in South Iceland.

Understand[edit]

Hveragerði [6] is uniquely located in a geothermally active area. Even its name is derived from an Icelandic word for hot spring - hver. The hot springs are the main tourist attraction and they also provide heat for local famous greenhouses which are used mainly for flower production.

Get in[edit]

Hveragerði is located 45 km from Reykjavik and can be easily reached by car along the Route 1.

Bus number 51 from Reykjavik is an alternative. It leaves from Mjodd bus station and the line schedule can be found here: [7].

Get around[edit]

In Hveragerði everything can be reached on foot.

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  • Geothermal park, [1]. In Summer: Mon-Sat 9:00-18:00, Sun 9:00-16:00 - 15th May to 15th September. In Geothermal park visitors can explore hot springs and mud pools and the use of geothermal energy is demonstrated. As a bonus, geothermal bread is baked using the Earth's heat and eggs (100 króna each) can be boiled in hot steam. entrance 200 króna.  edit
  • Exhibition The Quake 2008, Sunnumörk 2-4, Hveragerði (In the shopping center Sunnumörk). A powerful quake hit south Iceland on May 29th 2008. The exhibition is devoted to this event in Hveragerði. For a closer experience, visitors can try an earthquake simulator. A fissure created by another strong quake a long time ago can be explored through the glass in the floor of the information center located in the same building.  edit


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  • Laugaskarð swimming pool, Laugaskarð, Hveragerði. Take a bath / swim in a geothermally heated outdoor swimming pool. It is open all year round.  edit
  • Hike & soak. For a pleasant outdoor experience take a hike to nearby Reykjadalur area located north uphill from Hveragerði. Get informed in the tourist office where maps with marked trails and distances are available. The trail leads towards a highly thermal area with plenty of steam and hot water coming up through the ground. Beware, some springs and pools are really hot. After about an hour hike a bathable warm stream can be reached where you can enjoy a dip where hot springs join the stream. [2], [3], [4]. A map of trails can be downloaded from [5].  edit


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Contact[edit]

The Internet access is available in the tourist information office. It is located in a shopping center Sunnumörk, Sunnumörk 2-4, Hveragerði [8] with business hours 8:30-17:00 on weekdays, 9:00-14:00 on Saturdays and 9:00-13:00 on Sundays between June 1st and August 31st. In low season it is open on weekdays 8:30-16:00 and Saturdays 9:00-13:00 with Sundays being closed. In the same building an exhibition The Quake 2008 can be visited.

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