|Town and Municipality|
Hveragerði From Afar
Location of the Municipality of Hveragerði
|• Total||3 sq mi (9 km2)|
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The river Varmá runs through the town. The population was 2,316 on 1 January 2011.
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.(C.Michael Hogan. 2010) An infrequently erupting geyser, Grýla is at the entrance of the Ölfusdalur valley. The borehole Leppalúði on the way to the Gufudalur valley erupts continuously, reaching a height of 10–12 meters. 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.
The local football club is Hamar, who play in Iceland's third tier.
- C.Michael Hogan. 2010. Extremophile. eds. E.Monosson and C.Cleveland. Encyclopedia of Earth. National Council for Science and the Environment, Washington DC
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hveragerði.|
- http://www.hveragerdi.is (official website of the community) (in Icelandic)
- http://www.south.is/hveragerdi.html (official website)
- http://www.isafold.de/reykjavegur01/img_hver.htm (Photo Hengill)
- http://www.marketa-tim.net (Photos and Panoramas from Hveragerdi)