Hvolsvöllur is a small town on the South Coast of Iceland. While the town’s population is less than 1000 people, it has essential services and great nearby attractions. Plan a visit to Hvolsvöllur – the perfect stay during your South Coast adventure!
Hvolsvöllur isn’t much to look at in the moment you arrive there but given the chance, this little village will surprise you, in the best way!
The Ring Road 1 crosses through the town, lying almost at the border of it. When you visit the town, take a soak in the swimming pool, visit their lovely and historic church, have some pizza at Galleri Pizza or browse through their local handicrafts and homemade delicacies you will really start to enjoy this place.
A town of only about a thousand people but offers all the basic services you might desire, a supermarket, restaurants, museums, a swimming pool and hot tubs, hiking paths and most places in Iceland, incredible stunning natural sights only a short distance away.
It is a part of the municipality of Rangárþing Eystra, in an area recognized as Landeyjar by the locals. All around Hvolsvollur will find fields and fields of Icelandic horses, sheep and cows as agriculture place an important part in the community and revenue.
The name Hvolsvöllur would roughly translate to hill-fields. Which is quite descriptive if you are have visited the area. Above the town is a hill which stretches North into a mountainous area with volcanoes and glaciers but from the town and in almost any direction but North is flat land and vast plains as far as the eye can see.
If you are a history buff, Hvolsvöllur was the center of Njál’s saga, one of the most famous Icelandic sagas. A tale of Vikings; feuds and friendships, broken promises and acts of revenge. Njál’s saga or Brennu-Njálssaga as it is more often used in Icelandic has been a favorite of Icelanders for centuries and is now available in almost any language. A good read on your travels in Iceland.
Hvolsvöllur is located on the south coast of Iceland about 107 km away from Reykjavík and 80,6 kilometers away from Vík í Mýrdal. Nearby attractions include Seljalandsfoss, Gluggafoss and Þórsmörk Valley.
GPS coordinates of Hvolsvöllur: 63.7520° N, 20.2209° W
Getting to Hvolsvöllur can be done in a few ways. You can easily catch a public bus which drives along the South Coast from Mjódd in Reykjavik once every day, you can rent a car and drive the distance or you can join one of the many South Coast tours.
Driving from Reykjavik to Hvolsvollur will take you through Norðlingaholt, via road 1, which you will follow for the extent of your journey, through the towns of Hveragerði, Selfoss and Hella. The drive should take about an hour and 25 minutes.
Driving from Vík to Hvolsvöllur should take a little over one hour and will take you past Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls.
Guesthouses, B&B and Farmstays
Cabins and Cottages
The camping site at Hvolsvollur is quite old so the bushes and trees have grown to frame it in creating a tranquil and nice setting. Its facilities include showers, toilets, a wifi connection, electricity, running hot and cold water, washers and dryers. Right next to the camping ground you can find a playground and the local swimming pool.
Open: closes for winter but open spring, summer, and fall
Hvolsvöllur is a small town but there is plenty to do even in winter. The shops, restaurants, and museums stay open all year round and with the limited lighting, the Northern Lights can often be seen from the town’s center.
Hvolsvollur is a fantastic place to stay whilst exploring the South Coast and all its magnificent tourist attractions which are many located less than 30-60 minutes driving. Being located in the South of Iceland, the weather is also milder, less snow and slippery roads are not as common as for example in the North. Still, you will need to be well prepared and dress in proper winter clothing, layers and all.