Location of the Municipality of Rangárþing eystra
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It is situated in the inland swamps of Landeyjar, in the municipality of Rangárþing eystra and has, as of January 2011, 860 inhabitants.
The name of the town literally translates to "Hillfield". "Hvoll" (hvols in genitive case) is an archaic form of the modern icelandic word "hóll", meaning "hill", and "völlur" means "field". The name is derived from the name of the historic farm Stórólfshvoll (Stórólfur's hill).
The hringvegur (road no.1) traverses the town which has 900 inhabitants. In the surrounding areas there is an additional population of about 800 people, who are also part of the municipality.
Not far from Hvolsvöllur is an airfield which offers flights to Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands).
- Political division
- Mainly statistical division
- "Hundreds evacuated after Icelandic volcano erupts, first since 1823". Thaindian News. 2010-03-21. Retrieved 2010-03-24.
- Hvolsvöllur webcam (at the Esso station)
- The official Njal's Saga website—The Njála museum in Hvolsvöllur, Iceland