Explore the Icelandic South Shore; Waterfalls, volcanoes, glacial lagoon and black sand beaches
Duration: 6 days/5 nights
Some like it hot! Located 45 kilometers (28 mi) east from Reykjavik, Hveragerdi is the charming gateway town to South Iceland that is set in a large geothermal area and is often referred to as the ‘flower village,’ because of the many greenhouses there. Hveragerdi has the highest concentration of greenhouses in Iceland where residents have been harnessing geothermal energy since 1920 to provide the country with much of its home grown produce, including exotic varieties like papayas and bananas.
A new hot spring area emerged on a hillside above Hveragerdi after a major earthquake shook South Iceland in May 2008 and pillars of steam can be seen rising up from the ground year round. Several highly active hot springs spew colorful mud and hot geothermal water into the air creating quite a spectacle. Aside from hot springs, Hveragerdi has much to offer in trout and salmon fishing in the Varma River, which runs warm in some areas.
In summer the heath to the west of town is lush for berry picking and there is a blossoming woodland area that is being developed by the local community. Horseback riding and excellent hiking trails abound in the steamy hills and valleys that spread out from a 5,000 year-old lava field. In the evenings the greenhouses are lit up giving the town of Hveragerdi a distinctive glow.