• Two rivers side by side in Jökulsárgljúfur - glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum and the smaller spring-fed Brandslækur creek
    Iceland has hundreds of rivers and probably thousands of creeks brooks and streams.  It is a country of water and has more water recourses than most other countries, both cold and hot water. In a report from the University of Iceland a few years ago regarding water as a natural resource, it is concluded that Iceland could hypothetically fulfill all the water demand in a country with a population of 350 million people.  That is like providing the US with all its water demand.  And that is...
  • Early spring in Þórsmörk
    Spring has arrived early in Iceland.  April is not always part of spring but more often part of winter, but the weather can change all that. At least in the minds and heads of Icelanders.  We at Hit Iceland are always touring around the country and took a day trip to Þórsmörk yesterday on Good Friday. To our surprise, we discovered that there is almost no snow in this beloved oasis in the Icelandic Highland.  And if the weather continues to stay warm, Þórsmörk might be blooming in May making...
  • Reykholt in the west region is a crucial historical and cultural place in Iceland
    For many reasons, Reykholt in the west region is a crucial historical and cultural place in Iceland. In medieval times it was the center of power, culture and power struggle among chiefs that fought hard never shy to engage in challenging and deadly battles.  One of the largest persona in all events related to power, accumulation of wealth and leadership was Snorri Sturluson. Snorri Sturluson Snorri was highly intelligent and received the best education available in his time. As a poet, a...
  • Skálholt, the former Episcopal see, and farm, in the Southern Region in Iceland
    Skálholt, the former Episcopal see, and farm, in the Southern Region in Iceland is one of the most important historical places in the country.  For ages, the Iceland was a rural agricultural society with almost no form of a significant urban area.  The Church was a powerful institution both socially and economically in addition to its main spiritual and religious role. Accordingly, Skálholt became a center and played the role of a capital of Iceland for centuries. It was a center of religion,...
  • Crystal Cave in Vatnajökull Glacier
    I started my four and a half hour drive early as the weather forecast was great. I was on my way to visit Ice Caves for my information web page Hit Iceland. Although I had traveled to most places in Iceland in the last two years, I had not visited an Ice Cave.  I anticipated a magnificent mountain and glacier view along the way and wanted to have time to photograph before reaching my destination.  I was on my way to Jökulsárlón where I was to meet Little Siggi, an ice cave tour operator at...
  • Þúfa in Icelandic actually means a very tiny knoll, but here it is a hill.  It is an 8 meter high hill and 26 meters in diameter.
    If you like to take a walk while visiting a city, we recommend the walking tour from the Reykjavík City Center to the enjoyable artwork Þúfa. Although built in 2013 the environmental art is fast becoming a landmark in the Reykjavík urban landscape.  To go to Þúfan you walk by the harbor west on to Grandi, where Reykjavík still has a lot of fishing and fish processing activity, and out to a point where the hill was built. The artwork is a result of a competition for artists in 2012 - 2013...
  • Harpa Concert and Conference Hall in Reykjavík
    In 2008 Iceland experienced a disastrous financial crash. What had looked like an endless path to growth, reaching back to the year 2000, came to a standstill taking a whole nation to an edge of a financial cliff. Among the significant symbols of growth and prosperity was a new conference and concert hall by the harbor. A symbol of success and wealth. A project that had started but a building that had barely surfaced. As the country seemed completely broke and more or less on the brink of...
  • Whether you are an adventurer, a photographer, environmentalist or a traveler seeking to experience something new, different and exciting, a 4X4 trip in the Icelandic highland is a vacation you will not forget. The Highland is a vast area in Iceland, the interior, around 600 meters above sea level.  It is a land of hot springs, endless mountains, black sands, recent eruptions, glaciers, rivers, waterfalls, geothermal pools, and many other natural wonders. It is a wilderness loaded with an...
  • Even a gravel road covered with dark fog for miles at the top of a mountain
    When you are driving in Iceland a consideration regarding the type of car you rent when heading for a road trip is an important factor when planning a trip. Although most main roads are asphalt roads, you must keep in mind that some of those roads are two lanes and you are always meeting other cars.  And even if you plan to drive on asphalt roads only, you will probably find yourself in a situation discovering a major natural wonder along the way that you must visit. A visit that requires a...
  • Breaking amount of snow in Reykjavík
    As expected and following the forecast by the Icelandic Med Office winter came with force. Last weekend the snow in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland, was a record-breaking amount.  The snow was 51 centimeters and completely shut the city down for a few hours. A shutdown like this is a situation that occurs every once in awhile during winter. It actually requires a calm wind and a lot of snow in a short time. All the of the streets and main connecting roads in Reykjavík were packed with snow. ...

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