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Hveragerdi
Travel Guide

Hveragerdi showing tranquil scenes and touring

Learn about Iceland’s political history in the national park, bathe in a steamy river and see the rift where continents drift apart.

The River Varmá runs through Hveragerdi, a town surrounded by valleys and a historical park. Mild earthquakes frequently move the ground on this tectonic rift near the Hengill Volcano. Hot springs rise and heat the commune’s greenhouses. Nearby, visit the region’s focal point, Thingvellir National Park, with a lava-filled lake and intriguing political history.

Arrive in the national park’s visitor center for its interactive displays and films about the varied plants and animals around Lake Thingvallavatn. The park is the origin of the nation’s politics in the 10th century. Visit the church and learn about the assembly that lasted until 1798.

Many of the fascinating geological features in the national park are related to a tectonic rift, which is visible at Almannagjá. This is among the few places on earth where you can actually see the space between two plates drifting apart. Hike along the valley between the North American and European continents.

Another fascinating gorge is the Reykjadalur Valley, which contains a boiling river. Most of it is too hot to touch, but enjoy swimming at the spot where it converges with a cold stream. Capture photos of the steamy river meandering through a grassy valley.

To see how the country has put these exceptional natural formations to use, visit the Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Station. The site, which dates back to 1990, has 21 wells. In the center of town are a church and several greenhouses. Discover the steamy hot spring of Sandholshver in the outskirts.

The town and its surrounding area experience frequent rains during warm summers and cold winters, which is typical of northern Europe.

The municipality is in western Iceland, 28 miles (45 kilometers) east of the capital city. Fly to Keflavik International Airport outside Reykjavik and drive east for just over 1 hour to reach the town. Nearby landmarks include the charming port of Porlakshofn.

As you walk through the rolling hills of Hveragerdi, marvel at the innovative use of hot springs and fumaroles for clean energy.

Frost and Fire Boutique Hotel
Frost and Fire Boutique Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Hverhamar, Hveragerdi
The price is £129 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Situated on the riverfront, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hveragerdi Church and Geothermal park. LA Art Museum and Reykjadalur Valley are also ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (670 reviews)
"This is a small hotel which may have changed hands since earlier reviews as some facilities not available or different on hotel website. The restaurant is now called Ryka, not Varma. There is a pool and hotpots but no spa or geyser cooked eggs or bread. Our room had clear windows over the carpark ..."

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2020

Frost and Fire Boutique Hotel
Hotel Örk
Hotel Örk
4 out of 5
Breidumork 1C, Hveragerdi
The price is £91 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Situated in Hveragerdi, this golf hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Geothermal park and LA Art Museum. Reykjadalur Valley is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.
4.4/5Excellent! (324 reviews)
"Rooms were clean. Close to the restaurants and gas stations in town. Breakfast was good. They even have a service where they’ll wake you up if you want to see the northern lights! Also very close to outdoor thermal pools."

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2020

Hotel Örk
SKYR Guesthouse
SKYR Guesthouse
3.5 out of 5
Breiðamörk 25, Hveragerdi
The price is £76 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Situated in Hveragerdi, this golf guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Geothermal park and LA Art Museum. Reykjadalur Valley is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.
4.5/5Wonderful! (135 reviews)
"Beautiful property at the base of the mountains! The staff was wonderful and we were so thankful for this refuge during a big storm. Thank you Skyr!"

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2019

SKYR Guesthouse
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Inni - Boutique Apartments
Inni - Boutique Apartments
3.5 out of 5
3 Frumskógar, Hveragerdi
The price is £132 per night from 25 May to 25 May
Situated in Hveragerdi, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Geothermal park and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Reykjadalur Valley. Kerid Crater and Nesjavellir ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
"It was nice. The only things I would like to have hot tub and steam room will have higher temprature."

Reviewed on 11 Apr 2020

Inni - Boutique Apartments
Backyard Village
Backyard Village
3.5 out of 5
Laufskógar 11, Hveragerdi
The price is £169 per night from 30 May to 30 May
Situated in Hveragerdi, this villa is within a 15-minute walk of Geothermal park and LA Art Museum. Reykjadalur Valley is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) away.
4.9/5Exceptional! (18 reviews)
Above-and-Beyond Hospitality
"Matti, the Host was very welcoming, and went above-and-beyond to greet us and make us welcomed, even with a later arrival! I was impressed with his sincerity and genuine hospitality! Thank you so much!"

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2020

Backyard Village
Relax in our Backyard - Sauna, Hot Tub and Laundry House
Relax in our Backyard - Sauna, Hot Tub and Laundry House
Laufskógar, Hveragerdi, Southern Region
The price is £167 per night from 1 Jun to 1 Jun
Situated on the riverfront, this chalet is within a 15-minute walk of Geothermal park and LA Art Museum. Reykjadalur Valley is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Welcoming atmosphere
"We stayed one night in the blue house, wonderful place, warm welcome by Eva. The town itself has a nice waterfall, unfortunately the geothermical parc lost most of its hot water... Good hiking departure!!!"

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2019

Relax in our Backyard - Sauna, Hot Tub and Laundry House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Hveragerdi

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4/5 - Good

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2 Feb 2020

Great location for Golden Circle trips and easy to find with plenty of eating options from simple pizzas to fine dining. Lovely walks available.

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31 Dec 2019

Easy walking distance with decent shops, eating and drinking options. Try Olverks pizza and brewery

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Davies

17 Dec 2019

The Geothermal springs are great but the town is small and you need a car to get around - We went in December you need a 4 wheel drive as the roads are icy.

4/5 - Good

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10 Dec 2019

Great location if you want to do the golden circle. Our trip was 3 days, so we spent one day in Reykjavik exploring, the following day we decided to do the shorter golden circle version (roughly 3 hours) Definitely have a car!

5/5 - Excellent

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10 Oct 2019

Very picturesque, up and coming village. An absolute must see! Local food was amazing and well priced in a very expensive country.

5/5 - Excellent

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4 Apr 2019

We had dinner at Skyrgerdin which was brilliant. Tip is to book as we went on a Wednesday end of March 2019 for two and the restaurant was busy. We also went for dinner at Ingolfsskali Viking Restaurant which was amazing, book as it is worth it!

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