What to do and see in Hvolsvollur, Iceland: The Best Places and Tips

December 26, 2017 Tambra Mccollister

Discover the best top things to do in Hvolsvollur, Iceland including Midgard Adventure, Lava Centre, Obyggdaferdir ATV, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall & Shop, Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre, Gljufurarfoss, Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss, Saga Center, Skalakot, Atlantsflug Flightseeing Tours.
Restaurants in Hvolsvollur

1. Midgard Adventure

Hvolsvollur 860, Iceland
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5 based on 315 reviews

Midgard Adventure

South Iceland Adventure is now Midgard Adventure - same team, same family feel and same passion for Iceland. Midgard Adventure former South Iceland Adventure is a highly regarded, award winning Tour Operator and Travel Agency, authorised by the Icelandic Tourist Board, and focuses on year-round, individual, small/large group and tailored tours to both popular and well-off-the-beaten track locations. Often travelling in specially adapted super jeeps, Midgard Adventure aspires to introduce our clients to not only the glorious sights of Iceland's very varied and most wonderful, unspoilt nature but also to the more intangible and magical emotions and feelings that emanate from being immersed in Iceland's nature. Our professional guides ensure not only safe and exciting passage but also impart many stories, factual and mythical, to enhance the tour experience and to deepen the wonders that Iceland evokes. Our website fully describes all of our many tour offerings, active and passive.

Reviewed By tveran - Atikokan, Canada

Our friend Thor works for Midgard adventure ! We met him while backpacking New Zealand ! While visiting Iceland he let us know about an open tour he had ! We joined the group and went into porsmork (Thórsmörk) with a huge 4wD truck! Driving on F roads through rivers ! We left the base camp around 10 am and got back at 6 pm. We got to make sandwiches at the base camp before leaving. We stopped at an old volcanic area with the tongue of a glacier ! The tunnel was so blue! And we stood on 7 year old dirt. We took a trail near the volcano huts , seen some caves ,
Old rock carvings and then took the steep windy trail up Valahnúkur mountain, felt like we were on top on the world ! On our way back we stopped at a few Waterfalls, and Thor showed us a site where game of thrones shot some footage but they haven’t decided to use it in the series yet. I’m not a game of thrones fan but there are a lot of scenes from there in Iceland . It was a beautiful day and without this wonderful tour we would have never seen this part of Iceland because we only rented a 2WD vehicle and we wouldn’t of made it past the rivers and big rocks, it says right on the dash of the car “NO F ROADS (highlands )”. There was 7 people on the tour included the tour guide Thor.

2. Lava Centre

Austurvegi 14, Hvolsvollur 860, Iceland +354 415 5200
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4.5 based on 168 reviews

Lava Centre

The LAVA centre features an interactive exhibition exploring the art and science of geology and the volcanic systems in Iceland. Information from the past century’s eruptions demonstrate just how strong a presence volcanoes have in contemporary Iceland. Feel the forces of nature as you experience an earthquake and see the Fiery Heart of Iceland, a 12m high structure simulating the Mantle plume and the magma flow underneath Iceland. In an educational learning centre you can explore the wonders of volcanoes and earthquakes through interactive computers and there’s also a cinema auditorium where visitors can see the magnificence of volcanic eruptions in HD 4K.

Reviewed By csit22 - Manchester UK

Iceland experiences earthquakes on a daily basis. Most are small in the region of 2-3 on the Richter scale caused by the country's large volcanic activity. This is generated by the American and Eurasian tectonic plates which separate under Iceland (see Þingvellir/Thingvellir).
Enough general volcanic science. I, like most people know little of all this, but a trip to the very informative Lava Centre will help you learn more. The interactive displays and cinema will shake you, show how lava is formed and channelled to the surface, why the ground moves and all things volcanic under Iceland. It is well presented (in English) and provides one with a greater understanding of Iceland's fierce volcanic history.
Highly recommended and worth an hour or two of your time.

3. Obyggdaferdir ATV

Lambalaekur, Hvolsvollur 861, Iceland
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5 based on 76 reviews

Obyggdaferdir ATV

Enjoy Icelandic nature on ATV/QUAD. Thorsmork, Eyjafjallajokull, Landmannalaugar and more. Sightseeing tours on ATV.

Reviewed By James W - Clearwater, Florida

Our family of 6 took the ATV tour and had a great time. The scenery is fantastic and Unnar, the owner and guide, knows the land and its history quite well. My only suggestion is that when you make a reservation, get a detailed confirmation. Our reservation did get lost and it delayed our departure.

4. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall & Shop

Seljalandsfoss, Hvolsvollur 861, Iceland +354 894 0045
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4.5 based on 143 reviews

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall & Shop

Reviewed By RaceRider - Regina, Canada

We came through here in January, and its incredible to see the power of the 3 falls in the area. Would say also upset that the path to the back side and up the left side were closed for winter, but this is to be expected with the layer of ice there. Paying for parking was also a bit unexpected. The shop was open still though so browsed a bit. Was worth stopping at the end of the day and the lights make for some very cool photos.

5. Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre

Thorvaldseyri, Hvolsvollur 861, Iceland +354 487 5757
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4.5 based on 516 reviews

Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre

Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre opened on April 14th, 2011 exactly one year after the start of the Eyjafjallajokull eruption. Because it’s at the foot of the volcano, visitors feel first-hand what it is like to have a huge volcano looming over their shoulders. A short film (20 min) portrays the spectacular natural event, and the hectic times and incredible challenges met by the family farm of Thorvaldseyri.

Reviewed By Geminican - San Jose

Educational. Informative to see how this volcano impacted the world in 2010 when it exploded. It raises our awareness and understanding of the power of mother nature.

6. Gljufurarfoss

Ring Road -N1, Hvolsvollur, Iceland
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5 based on 61 reviews

Gljufurarfoss

Reviewed By NikkiLynne75 - Connecticut

If you're visiting Seljalandsfoss don't miss out on this hidden nearby gem. Take a walk to the left of it and you'll find an opening into this magical space where the water falls from the sky. ( or so it seems ) Be prepared to enjoy the majestic beauty.

7. Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss

Hvolsvollur, Iceland
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4.5 based on 73 reviews

Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss

Reviewed By RaRaRachelC - Northwich, United Kingdom

I've been keeping this place a secret, but over a year later I'm willing to share this lovely place. We got married here. Completely discovered by accident after getting lost trying to find our campsite the night before, we then we're trying to get back on road 1 and were hoping to join what people know as the gravel road (we didn't know this at the time and it almost destroyed the motorhome)!
We had planned to marry at Seljalandsfoss and were on our way there (we hadn't seen it or been to Iceland before), but as we drove through the area, the lambs, the horses, the purple lupins and Volcanos in the distance, we felt a connection here. No tourists, relatively unknown and we just knew this was it. A mad panic to sort the paperwork changes and it was done, we got married at 10pm in midnight sun, at Gluggafoss before some amazing pictures afterwards 'along the gravel road's surrounded by lupins, Volcanos and amazing scenery. Don't go, don't tell anyone else, it's one of Iceland's hidden gems.

8. Saga Center

Hlidarvegur, 860, Hvolsvollur, Iceland 011-354-487-8781
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4 based on 66 reviews

Saga Center

Reviewed By usmgirl - Greenville, South Carolina

This museum is well done, and the staff are quite friendly. They currently have volunteers working on what will be the world's longest banner, depicting scenes from Iceland's history.

9. Skalakot

Skalakot, Hvolsvollur 861, Iceland +354 487 8953
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5 based on 12 reviews

Skalakot

Reviewed By WillandJoe

I have been horseback riding before and still consider myself very much a beginner. I have to say this was one of the best experiences I have ever had. We had found this place through online search and we reached out to them two nights before. They very quickly reached out to us, Johanna one of the owners called use herself.
They were very accommodating in every way. We explained that the group we were going with were all first time riders. Johanna and her family were excellent they made us feel safe and even included and additional tour guide for our private group of five to make sure we had a good experience at no additional cost.
When we arrived at the farm they provided us with all the gear we needed (helmets, snow pants, snow boots if needed, and also rain jackets). The primary guide was Lynn, I honestly think she was an angel sent from heaven. I was very nervous to go horseback riding that I made my own horse freakout a couple times but Lynn calmed me down so much I was able to make the trip up the mountain. Otherwise the horses were very calm and would follow the horse in front of it.
Prior to leaving the farm, we where able to ride the horse in the barn to practice.
We started our tour up the mountain. We were able to see a different part of Iceland traveling up the mountain. We were greeted with beautiful views of the surrounding land and the infinite view of the ocean. The mountain itself was beautifully snow covered with streams.
We made our way down to a beautiful waterfall. It was truly a magical time horseback riding through Iceland.
Lynn stayed with me the whole time from top to bottom I really enjoyed my whole trip and I know my friends did too. I would defiantly come back to this location and go riding again.

10. Atlantsflug Flightseeing Tours

Bakki | Bakki Airport, Hvolsvollur 861, Iceland
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Atlantsflug Flightseeing Tours

Flightseeing.is focuses on having fun while doing what we love. Flying over glaciers and Volcanos keeps us going and that is why we base ourselves in Southern Iceland over the summer. We prefer the majestic surroundings of Mountains rather then sitting inside the office. You are more than welcome on board.

Reviewed By Gil-ya R - Kadimah, HaMerkaz, Israel

We arrived to the small airport of flight seeing in skatafell and booked a flight over laki creator and skatafell. The flight was outstanding. The pilot made sure that all passengers can view the main sites. Highly recommended.

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