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Hella, Iceland

Hella is a small town with 750 inhabitants in the southern part of Iceland at the shores of the river Ytri-Rangá. Hella is situated to the east of Reykjavík on the hringvegur (Road no.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 tourist attractions such as Landmannalaugar or Þórsmörk.

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