Hveragerði, often called “the hot springs capital of the world” and the surrounding Ölfus area have become a popular destination for visitors year round and great numbers of people pass through or by Hveragerði each year. With a population of about 2300, Hveragerði may be viewed from the vantage point of the Kambar mountain slope, as it spreads out across a 4000 – 5000 year old lava field. Throughout the year, pillars of steam may be seen rising up from the town and in the summer it is truly a green community, with an abundance of trees.
During winter days the sun is reflected on the pearly white snow, while during the long, dark winter nights, you may see the Northern Lights dance around the sky. At such time beauty, peace and quiet reign supreme, an unforgettable memory for those who experience it. Trips across the highlands as well as the coastal areas are an indescribable adventure during both summer and winter.
Aside from hot springs, Hveragerði has much to offer. The Varmá river is rife with trout and salmon and runs warm in some areas, its source lying in the sulfur and copper tinted mountains in the distance. The surrounding mountainous area is spectacular and easily accessible for exploration by way of a good network of well-marked hiking paths and riding trails. In the summer the heath to the west of town is flush with berries for picking. Among the most popular activities is the Hveragerði swimming complex, which was for years home to the country’s largest pool. There you’ll find hot tubs, whirlpools, a natural sauna and a fitness center, all set against a strikingly beautiful backdrop.
Without doubt, Hveragerði´s, most precious gem is its hot springs park – there cannot be many towns in the world with hot springs literally in peoples back yard. The hot springs park is centrally located and is open every day in the summer time. A natural clay foot bath can be enjoyed in the park and afterwards you can soak your feet in one of the hot springs. In a hole in the park the locals bake the famous black bread using the geothermal ground as an oven.
Welcome to Hveragerði!