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Hveragerði Municipality
COA Skjaldarmerki Hveragerdi.png
Basic data
State : IcelandIceland Iceland
Region: Southurland
Constituency : Suðurkjördæmi
Sýsla : Árnessýsla
Population: 2628 (January 1, 2019)
Surface: 9 km²
Population density: 292 inhabitants / km²
Post Code: 810
Community number 8716
Website: www.hveragerdi.is
Location of the municipality of Hveragerði

Coordinates: 64 ° 0 ′  N , 21 ° 11 ′  W

Inside the greenhouse in Hveragerði

Hveragerði [ ˈkʰvɛːraˌcɛrðɪ ] is a municipality in the south of Iceland about 40 km east of Reykjavík with 2628 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2019).

The municipality is located on the Varmá River and is enclosed by the municipality of Ölfus .


It is known for greenhouses that are heated with geothermal energy . Here vegetables and all kinds of fruits, u. a. Bananas grown under glass. The city has a state horticultural school and a rehabilitation center . There is a steam sauna in the local outdoor pool.

Hot Springs

Hot springs in Hveragerdi

In the village itself there is a field with hot springs (Icelandic hver or hverin), as the area belongs to the system of the central volcano Grensdalur . In the middle of the village is a high temperature area below the church. In the gardens of some houses you can also see hot (steaming) and white areas. The earth's crust is very thin under white spots. On the northern outskirts of the city is the small geyser Grýla .

There is also a hiking trail through a park or along a path across a stream to the north, passing numerous steaming spots and a hissing borehole.

Since the severe earthquake in May / June 2008, a new high-temperature area has developed at the foot of Mount Reykjafjall (in the east of the town). It is partly on the territory of the Agricultural College (formerly Garðyrkjuskóli ). Actually, this is about the revitalization of an already cooled high temperature area.

Population development

Hveragerði has experienced strong population growth in recent years (1997 to 2005: + 31%).

View from Hellisheiði over the town
date Residents
Dec. 1, 1997: 1,669
Dec. 1, 2003: 1,887
Dec. 1, 2004: 2,021
Dec. 1, 2005: 2,089
Dec. 1, 2006: 2,189

See also

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