#southiceland

One of the main factors preventing growth in recent centuries for most of the towns and villages on the south shore in Iceland was the difficulty of building a harbour or even a small dock on the sandy shoreline.

Eyrarbakki is a tiny village in the Southern Region in Iceland

In some areas in Iceland, two almost identical villages developed although the distance between them is just a few kilometers.  Sometimes this is a puzzle as nothing can explain why.

Stokkseyri is a tiny village in the Southern Region in Iceland

The town of Hveragerði is different and like no other town in Iceland. Hot springs and hot water coming from the ground is the origin and the premise of the town's existence. For this reason, the livelihood of the residents is also different. It is a town of greenhouses, health spa and flowers. It is a town of warmth.

Hveragerði is a small town in the Sourhern Region in Iceland

In the last decade of the nineteenth century,  Iceland as a small country took on an enormous task in transportation, building a suspension bridge over the river Ölfusá.

Selfoss is a large town and center of the Southern Region in Iceland

Hella is a small village located by the river Ytri-Rangá on the Ring Road in the Southern Region in Iceland, approximately 100 kilometers east of Reykjavík. It is one of a handful of towns or villages in Iceland that are inland and traces its origin to trading and agriculture and has nothing to do with fishing and fish processing.

Hella is a village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland

The town of Hvolsvöllur has a bit of a unique history compared to all other towns and villages in Iceland.  It is an inland village and the only town in the country that neither stands by sea or a river.

Hvolsvöllur is a village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland

Throughout the centuries, very few harbours or piers have been built on the South coastline in Iceland. Not only is it difficult because of the sand beaches, but also because of the enormous forces of nature that meet on the shoreline.

Vík is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland

 

Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland

Höfn is a relatively new town in a historical sense.  The towns origin can not be traced back to farms or settlements that developed from trading and fishing centuries back.  It is more like several other towns and villages around the coastline, a product of modern times. The first houses that were built in Höfn where trading post in the late 19th-century.

Höfn is a town in the Southern Region in Iceland

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