Hella, Iceland

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Hella in 2011
Hella in 2011
Location of the Municipality of Rangárþing ytra
Location of the Municipality of Rangárþing ytra
Hella is located in Iceland
Location in Iceland
Coordinates: 63°50′N 20°24′W / 63.833°N 20.400°W / 63.833; -20.400
Country Iceland
ConstituencySouth Constituency
RegionSouthern Region
MunicipalityRangárþing ytra
 • Total865
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)
Post Code
850, 851

Hella (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈhɛtla]) is a small town in southern Iceland on the shores of the river Ytri-Rangá and has, as of 2021, 942 inhabitants.[1]

Hella is situated 94 kilometres (58 mi) to the east of Reykjavík on the Hringvegur (Route 1) between Selfoss and Hvolsvöllur.


The name of the town comes from caves near the river. It is said that Irish monks lived there in the times of first settlement. There are small industries as well as shops. As in other regions of the country, tourism is a growing sector. The volcano Hekla is nearby so it is possible to go hiking there as well as to make excursions to other locations popular with tourists such as Landmannalaugar or Þórsmörk. The founding of Hella started in 1927 when Þorsteinn Björnsson built a store over by the bridge Ytri-Rangá in the land of Gaddstaðaflatir. That founder of Hella was built a memorial at the celebration of Hella's 50 years since the founding of it at 1977.

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  1. ^ "Mannfjöldi eftir byggðakjörnum, kyni og aldri 1. janúar 2001-2021". Hagstofa Íslands - Talnaefni. Retrieved 2021-04-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

Coordinates: 63°50′N 20°24′W / 63.833°N 20.400°W / 63.833; -20.400