The blooming town of Hveragerði

Hveragerði, a town 50 km east of Reykjavík, was created after the second war, but in 1941 there were about 140 people living there. Five years later, 400 people lived in this village. Nowadays the population in the town is over 3000 and the number is increasing rapidly. The flower town, Hveragerði is sometimes called as there are many greenhouses due to geothermal energy in and around the town that can be used to heat the large greenhouses. The country’s first real swimming pool was built in Hveragerði, in Laugaskarð in 1938, the length was updated to 50 meters in 1945, the pool is still one of the best in the country, as the changing rooms and facilities were rebuilt in 2020. In Hveragerði, there was also the country’s first “skyr” making factory, at Mjólkurbú Ölfusinga, which was founded in 1928. The name Hveragerði comes about because in the middle of the town there are some hot springs (hverir), geothermal. The geothermal heat is used both for heating of individual homes, for the swimming pool and for the greenhouses, which definitely leave a strong impression on this special town. The nearest town to Reykjavík, if you drive roand nr. 1, south and east.

Hveragerði shining in the afternoon light seen from Kambar

Hot springs around Hveragerði

Reykjafoss in Varmá by the swimmingpool at Laugaskarð

Beautiful flowers in a greenhouse in Hveragerði

Photographs & text: Páll Stefánsson
08/03/2023 : A7C, RX1RII, A7R IV : FE 2.8/100mm GM, FE 1.4/24mm GM, 2.0/35mm Z