Hveragerđi town is sometimes called the greenhouse community of Iceland. It is situated on a very geothermal area with boiling hot springs in the hills of the town. That geothermal area allows greenhouses to operate using geothermal heat all year round. Steam rises up from vents in the vicinity of the town and warm natural pools are found in the area where one can bathe. During the major earthquake in late May 2008, there was considerable property damage in Hveragerđi and several new hot springs were created. In Hveragerđi you can find a Geothermal Park. There cannot be many towns in the world with hot springs literally in peoples back yard. The geothermal park is centrally located and is open every day in the summer time.
In 2008, a double earthquake of 5.9 and 5.8 on the Richter scale struck near Selfoss, giving a composite magnitude of 6.1. Luckily there were no human casualties but there were about 30 injuries reported and a number of sheep were killed. Many roads and buildings were damaged as well.
The surroundings and Reykjadalur Geothermal Valley
Just inland of Hveragerđi is Reykjadalur Valley, which is filled with hot springs and mud pools. The hike up to the naturally hot river where you will have the option to bathe in, takes about 45-60 minutes each way and the hiking path itself is in a relatively good condition during summer but not recommended in winter, when there can be snow and ice on the path. The hike is suitable for all over the age of 10 that are in a good physical condition but caution is advised around the steaming hot water and always stay on the paths. There are no changing rooms at the hot springs so you might want to wear your bathing suits under your clothes. Hveragerđi is a beautifully situated town only 40 kilometres from Reykjavik well worth a visit.