Hveragerði

Hveragerði is a town and municipality in the south of Iceland located 45 km to the east of Reykjavík on Iceland's main ringroad, Route 1. The river Varmá runs through the town.

Hveragerðisbær
remains of a 20th century wool mill in Hveragerði, by the river Varmá
Coat of arms of Hveragerðisbær
Hveragerðisbær
63.9992211°N 21.2065315°W / 63.9992211; -21.2065315
RegionSouthern Region
ConstituencySouth Constituency
ManagerAldís Hafsteinsdóttir
Area9 km2 (3.5 sq mi)
Population2,657
Density295.22/km2 (764.6/sq mi)
Municipal number8716
Postal code(s)810
Websitehveragerdi.is/English

Overview

The surrounding area is part of the Hengill central volcano, and is geothermally active and experiences very frequent (usually minor) earthquakes. The town is known for its greenhouses, which are heated by hot water from volcanic hot springs. These springs are the site of occurrence of certain extremophile micro-organisms, that are capable of surviving in extremely hot environments. Close to the church is a hot spring called Sandhólshver, formed during the violent South Iceland earthquake of 1896. A fenced-off geothermal area in the town has numerous hot springs and fumaroles.

Hveragerði contains a number of greenhouses and is a hotbed for Icelandic horticulture.

To the south of Hveragerði, there is the small port of Þorlákshöfn, winter point of departure for the ferry to the Westman Islands.

The local football club is Hamar, who play in Iceland's fourth tier.

Climate

Climate data for Reykir í Ölfusi(1981–2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 8.2
(46.8)
9.0
(48.2)
8.6
(47.5)
15.1
(59.2)
19.2
(66.6)
24.0
(75.2)
23.3
(73.9)
21.0
(69.8)
18.5
(65.3)
13.0
(55.4)
10.9
(51.6)
10.5
(50.9)
24.0
(75.2)
Average high °C (°F) 2.2
(36.0)
2.2
(36.0)
2.2
(36.0)
5.0
(41.0)
9.3
(48.7)
12.2
(54.0)
14.0
(57.2)
13.2
(55.8)
10.3
(50.5)
6.3
(43.3)
3.8
(38.8)
2.4
(36.3)
6.9
(44.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) −0.2
(31.6)
−0.1
(31.8)
-0.0
(32.0)
2.2
(36.0)
6.2
(43.2)
9.0
(48.2)
10.8
(51.4)
10.3
(50.5)
7.6
(45.7)
4.3
(39.7)
1.8
(35.2)
0.1
(32.2)
4.3
(39.8)
Average low °C (°F) −2.7
(27.1)
−2.6
(27.3)
−2.6
(27.3)
−0.1
(31.8)
3.8
(38.8)
6.7
(44.1)
8.6
(47.5)
8.3
(46.9)
5.4
(41.7)
2.1
(35.8)
−0.3
(31.5)
−2.1
(28.2)
2.0
(35.7)
Record low °C (°F) −14.4
(6.1)
−12.7
(9.1)
−14.9
(5.2)
−10.1
(13.8)
−7.3
(18.9)
−1.3
(29.7)
2.1
(35.8)
0.9
(33.6)
−3.1
(26.4)
−7.1
(19.2)
−11.2
(11.8)
−13.7
(7.3)
−14.9
(5.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 138.5
(5.45)
139.6
(5.50)
145.6
(5.73)
110.0
(4.33)
127.0
(5.00)
112.7
(4.44)
141.5
(5.57)
159.1
(6.26)
137.8
(5.43)
149.3
(5.88)
133.1
(5.24)
146.2
(5.76)
1,640.4
(64.59)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 18.2 46.4 100.8 147.5 159.0 150.8 142.3 125.2 112.2 81.3 40.3 14.1 1,138.1
Source: Icelandic Met Office[1]

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