It is hard to find a better view towards the volcano and glacier Eyjafjallajökull than from Hvolsvöll – Rangárþing Eystra. The events of Njáls’s Saga took place here, a thousand years ago. Don’t miss Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls east of the town.
Ranárþing Eystra is a vast district in central South Iceland and ranges from the highlands to the sea. The area has a population of around 1800 inhabitants and boasts a great number of geological wonders, a fact which led the area to be a part of Katla UNESCO Global Geopark along with two other districts to the east. Rangárþing Eystra is known for its stunning landscape and many of the natural highlights of Iceland’s south coast is located in the area, such as Skógarfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Þórsmörk and the infamous volcano Eyjafjallafjökull.
The district’s most densely populated area is the town Hvolsvöllur which has around 900 inhabitants. The primary business of the town are services for the agriculture, however, the tourist industry has been on a rise in the recent years.
Hvolsvöllur is located around 100 km from Reykjavík and is an excellent location from which to base for exploration of South Iceland. Its central location makes it ideal for day trips in the region and afterwards, head back for a good night’s sleep in one of the town’s many charming accommodations.
That town has a lovely green area where you can stretch your legs, let your kids play and enjoy a picnic and each summer you find there an outdoor exhibition by local photographers. Landeyjarhöfn is located only 30 minutes from Hvolsvöllur from where you take the ferry to Vestmannaeyjar.