"in Hekla's shadow" Hella by smirnofforiginal

Hella Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 62 photos

beneath the Hooded One

I stayed in Hella because it was (a) a convenient stop en route and (b) because I was drawn to Hekla. However, Hekla is 35km north and its 1491m high summit was hiding behind a cloak of mist. So, my room with a (Hekla) view flew out the window.

Hella is nice. It is a small, quiet and agricultural village sitting on the banks of the Ytri-Ranga river.

There is a petrol station and a number of places to eat. It was a nice place to stay overnight.

If you are driving around Iceland, Hella makes a very good place to stay, after leavingReykjavik.
It is quite possible to do the Goldern Circle(Pingvellir National Park, Geysir & Gullfoss) at a leisurely pace before travelling onto Hella to overnight. There are some nice stops on the way to Hella too, such as Kerid. It is a perfect overnight distance - any further and you would be rushing and stopping any sooner would probably just not be quite far enough!
En route to Hella, it is not a bad idea to stop in Selfoss to stock up on "supplies" (food and drink) etc...

  • Last visit to Hella: Apr 2011
  • Intro Updated Apr 30, 2011
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