Rangárþing ytra

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Rangárþing ytra
Basic data
State : IcelandIceland Iceland
Region: Southurland
Constituency : Suðurkjördæmi
Sýsla : Rangárvallasýsla
Population: 1636 (January 1, 2019)
Surface: 3188 km²
Population density: 0.51 inhabitants / km²
Post Code: 850, 851
Community number 8614
Mayor: Guðmundur Ingi Gunnlaugsson
Address of the municipal administration: Laufskálum 2
850 Hellu
Website: www.ry.is
Location of Rangárþing ytra

Coordinates: 63 ° 50 ′  N , 20 ° 24 ′  W

Rangárþing ytra is an Icelandic municipality in the South Urland region .

It was formed on March 16, 2002 from the previous rural communities Rangárvellir ( Rangárvallahreppur ), Djúpárhreppur and Holta- og Landsveit. The community had 1636 inhabitants on January 1, 2019.

The largest town in the municipality is Hella. The settlement of Rauðalækur has 60 inhabitants.


The western boundary of the municipality (to the municipality of Flóahreppur ) is formed by the Þjórsá river . West of Hella is the western part of the municipality of Ásahreppur . The volcano Hekla is located in the center of the municipality . The lake Sultartangalón is located in the municipality triangle of Ásahreppur , Skeiða- og Gnúpverjahreppur and Rangárþing ytra, in the northeast of the municipality. To the east of the Sultartangalón lies the Hrauneyjálon lake , linked by the Tungnaá river , which flows through the area over a wide area . A little further to the east is the lake Krókslón and the crater series Vatnaöldur . South of the Krókslón is the Frostastaðavatn lake , the Ljótipollur crater and the Landmannalaugar area .

In the extreme northeast of the municipality is the Þórisvatn , which only belongs to a very small part of the municipality. To the south and south-east of Þórisvatn is a large crater lake area, the Veiðivötn . The largest lake in this area is Litlisjór . The north-eastern boundary of the municipality (to the municipality of Skaftárhreppur ) is in turn formed by the Tungnaá river .

In the southeast of Rangárþing ytra lies the Torfajökull and the northern part of the Mýrdalsjökull , the western part of which belongs to the southern neighboring municipality of Rangárþing eystra . Further to the west is Tindfjallajökull , also in both communities .


The village of Hella on the Ytri-Rangá river is 94 km east of Reykjavík on the ring road R1between Selfoss and Hvolsvöllur and has 865 inhabitants. Hella's main employers are small industry and tourism. Due to its location south of the Hekla volcano , it is the ideal starting point for excursions to Hekla, Landmannalaugar or Þórsmörk . The name of the place comes from caves in the river banks. Allegedly Irish monks are said to have lived there at the time of the conquest .

Population development

date Residents
Dec. 1, 1997: 1,383 (area status 2002)
Dec. 1, 2003: 1,436
Dec. 1, 2004: 1,450
Dec. 1, 2005: 1,459
Dec. 1, 2006: 1,526


The Laugavegur trekking trail leads from Landmannalaugar to the neighboring municipality of Rangárþing eystra .

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