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Hvolsvöllur in Bloom
The 21st of April marks the first day of summer in Iceland. Schools and most businesses close and the national flag flies high throughout the land. This is also the day that the unassuming little inland village of Hvolsvöllur springs to life, gearing up to receive the many thousands of visitors who stop here every year. Tourists and Icelanders alike all converge to top up their petrol tanks, their water bottles and their bellies before going onwards. With 350 kms of magnificently varied but sparsely populated land separating Hvolsvöllur and next major town of Höfn, it's not just a good idea to stop here, it's a must!

Family Friendly Hvolsvöllur
The Farmers’ Market in the town centre, just next to the post office is a great place to stop. Here you will find a variety of locally produced food stuffs for sale, locally produced hand knitted items of all kinds, handicrafts by local artisans, original wooden toys and superb organic ice cream. A lovely green space for stretching your legs and where the kids can run around is adjacent to the farmers’ market and hosts an outdoor exhibition by local area photographers.

Go slow! You'll see more!
Icelanders who know their country well, flock out to their summer houses, rent a summer cabin or make use of one of the many camp grounds in Hvolsvöllur every summer. Our mission is to divulge a few of the area’s hidden gems to you. Hvolsvöllur is, after all, one of the portals to the some of the best that Iceland has to offer.... Only 106 km from Reykjavik, Hvolsvöllur is surrounded with plentiful recreation areas and natural wonders all within 15 minutes to one hour's drive:

Fimmvörðuháls This already famous hiking route got even more famous when underground lava tunnels cracked the earth open right across the hiking path in March 2010. Thousands of people from around the world made the 10-hour round trip trek to watch the lava show, while others hired a helicopter to get the view from above. The mountain pass is open once again to visitors.
 
Thórsmörk (Þórsmörk) Mountain Reserve One of the most popular hiking areas in Iceland and with Icelanders. It is only reachable by specially fitted 4x4s or tour buses which can ford the many glacial rivers in the area. A great place to see the geological changes that the recent eruption brought to the area.

Seljalandsfoss The only waterfall in Iceland that you can walk behind. Located at the foot of Eyafjallajökull glacier, it is a 10 minute drive from Hvolsvöllur. Many a marriage has been proposed at this waterfall!
 
Skogarfoss waterfall, the Skogar Folk Museum With its indoor and outdoor exhibits, its fantastic turf houses and 19th century buildings that take you back 100 years or so.
 
Westman Islands The new harbour opened in July 2010 and you and your car can hop over to the island in just a short 25 minute ferry ride, a great way to see this mountainous archipelago and home to 10 million puffins, or roughly half of the puffin population in Iceland.

To herald the 1st anniversary of the Eyjafjalljökull eruption, Thorvaldseyri Farm will be opening an exciting visitor centre on April 14, 2011. Providing visitors with breathtaking photos and videos chronicling the events, before, during and after the eruption, the centre also will also house a cinema and gift shop with books, brochures and souvenirs. Located on the ring road, 15km east of Hvolsvöllur.

The Open Farms project is an innovative programme which began in 2007, giving visitors to Iceland an opportunity to visit a working farm in rural areas all over the country. In cooperation with Icelandic Farm Holidays and The Farmers’ Association of Iceland, there are two farms in the Hvolsvöllur area which are a part in the project: Stóra-Mörk II and Ásólfsskáli. Information about how to book a stay with either of these two farms can found at the online version of the Icelandic Farm Holidays Catalogue, pages 74 & 75. Or ask at the Information center in Hvolsvöllur.

Hvolsvöllur
Hlíðarvegur 16 • 860 Hvolsvöllur
+354 488 4200
hvolsvollur@hvolsvollur.is
www.hvolsvollur.is

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