Hótel Hvolsvollur is in close proximity to many of Iceland's most famous natural wonders.
The hotel's location is indeed very convenient for those looking to explore the sheer natural beauty that our country has to offer. The town of Hvolsvöllur has only a population of 1800, but there are still endless things to experience and discover in the area. Below, I have have compiled some of my personal favorite spots, locations and services in the area. Many of these places feel like a big part of home, and at the same time I must admit that I have somewhat started to take Iceland for granted. Regardless, I really respect the nature of Iceland, just like any other Icelander consciously does. The most important thing is remembering to relax, have fun, respect nature and the environment but also to to stay safe while on your adventures!
Have a great time in Iceland!
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Seljalandsfoss is located in the South Region right by Route 1 and the road that leads to Þórsmörk Road 249. The waterfall drops 60 m (197 ft) and is part of the Seljalands River that has its origin in the volcano glacier Eyjafjallajökull. Visitors can walk behind the falls into a small cave.Seljalandsfoss is located only 20km from Hotel Hvolsvollur (17min drive)
Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Isl.)
The Westman Islands, or Vestmannaeyjar, are an archipelago of 15 islands and 30 rock stacks off the South Coast of Iceland, the only populated one being Heimaey island. Aside from their incredible natural beauty, the islands have the world’s largest population of nesting puffins in summer, lots of activities and things to see and of course a fascinating history. Heimaey can be accessed by a 35min ferry crossing at Landeyjar Ferry terminal.The Landeyjar Ferry Terminal is located 30km from Hotel Hvolsvollur (20min drive). Click for more.
Gluggafoss (Window waterfalls) is a series of beautiful waterfalls located in nearby Fljótshlíð, often overlooked by travellers. What makes Gluggafoss special are the holes and tunnels formed by the river through the soft palagonite. Known in Icelandic as gluggar, or 'windows', these holes allow observers at the base of the waterfall to see partly obscured water flow.Gluggafoss is located 17km from Hotel Hvolsvollur (15min drive)
Smáratún Horse Riding
Ride through Smáratún's fields with Eyjafjallajökull for a view. From May to September in the mornings and evenings we go riding. Over the weekends and in the winter monts the horses are on a break. Smáratún / Fljotshlid offers one hour rides which can be adapted to beginner and experienced riders.Smáratún is located only 12km from Hotel Hvolsvollur (10min drive)
Þingvellir National Park
Þingvellir / Thingvellir is a scene of great historical, cultural, and geological significance, and is one of the more popular tourist destinations in Iceland. The national park lies in a rift valley that marks boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. To its south lies Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland. We recommend visiting the Thingvellir Visitor Centre, which is open to the public.Þingvellir National Park is located 98km from Hotel Hvolsvollur (1h 20min drive)
Dyrhólaey rock arch is a famous spot in Iceland, recognized for its natural beauty and distinct 'doors'. It is the southernmost point of Iceland, and from there you can have a good view of the big glacier Mýrdalsjökull in the north and the Atlantic ocean in the south. Adjacent Kirkjufjara and Reynisfjara are also two of Iceland's most famous black sand beaches.Dyrhólaey / Kirkjufjara car park is located only 73km from Hotel Hvolsvollur (55min drive)
Þórsmörk (Thorsmork) is a valley between two glaciers, Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull. The valley is named after the Norse god Thor.
In the valley, the river Krossá winds between the mountains. The valley is closed in between glaciers, Mýrdalsjökull being at the rear end of the valley.
This leads to an especially warm climate, better than in the rest of south Iceland. Many different tours are possible, from hiking on the glaciers to trekking. Road 249 leading to Þórsmörk mountain ridge is located only 21km from Hotel Hvolsvollur (17min drive)
Please note that the road leading to Þórsmörk is rugged and will require a 4x4 vehicle.
These are 2 of our favourite local restaurants.