• Visitors and tourists traveling in Iceland
    It is always interesting for Icelanders to see how visitors traveling in Iceland organize their trip and gear. Icelanders didn’t start to travel around the country in any numbers during their summer vacations, until the forties and fifties, in the 20th century. From that time up to the eighties and nineties, they used tents for shelter and sleeping. Today most of us rely on something much heavier and bulky like caravans or trailers for our little private home away from home. As we can see from...
  • You can find deserted tiny villages around the coastline
    On the coastline in Iceland, there are a few tiny villages, or hamlets, that are deserted. Most of those places had a role and a purpose decades or centuries ago connected to fishing and fish processing. Most of them also lost their function when fishing grounds disappeared with a decline in the stock. One such hamlet is Gjögur located on Strandir in the West Fjords region. Fortunately, Icelanders are interested in their heritage and family history, and many families that trace their history to...
  • Sometimes our fjords are filled with fog
    Driving in the northeast part of Iceland this summer, from Vopnafjörður to Bakkafjörður we saw this amazing fog crawling in the fjord. It was a bizarre site to watch the fog move into the fjord above the sea, but not entering the land. Obviously nature has its way of doing things, and this only proves that you can encounter many unusual and unexpected phenomenon while traveling in Iceland.
  • After the Eyjafjallajökull eruption
    For many Icelanders Þórsmörk, (Thorsmork) in the Southern Region is a favorite place for camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities. This beautiful place is also a kind of definition in the minds of many Icelanders of what the Icelandic Highland is all about. The road to Þórsmörk from highway one, the Ring Road, is only about 30 kilometers. But although it is not a long drive, it is quite difficult since there are two to three rivers to pass; rivers that can be dangerous under certain...
  • The man who discovered the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
    When building the Geothermal plant by the mountain Svartsengi on the Rykjanes Peninsula in the late seventies, a large lagoon appeared in the lava nearby. At first people noticed the small lake because of the beautiful blue color. At that time a young man in the nearby town of Keflavík, Valur Margeirsson, was fighting Psoriasis. Somehow he got the idea that the water in the lagoon could help his disease. Needless to say, people had their doubts. Among the most doubtful was the head physician at...
  • Sometimes you can spot whales while driving in Iceland
    If you are up for a surprise when traveling, sometimes you can spot whales in some of the fjords. Last week we were traveling at Strandir, the east coast of West Fjords and saw these two whales playing in the fjord Steingrímsfjörður. Like many other travelers, we couldn't resist stopping and stepping out of the car with our telephoto lenses and binoculars. The size of these animals and the noise they make in the water when surfacing and breathing are always incredible.
  • This beautiful small canyon is in Bjarnarfjörður
    This beautiful small canyon is in Bjarnarfjörður on the east coast of the West Fjords. It is only one of many that you can spot from the road while driving the road at Strandir, from Bjarnafjörður to Ingólfsfjörður. It is often interesting to stop and walk to a canyon you see from the road, and discover the real beauty of the landscape from a short distance. In this instance, we were able to walk to the bottom of the canyon which made our camera quite happy.
  • Advantages of geothermal heating
    The geothermal development in Iceland in recent decades has many advantages apart from heating houses. One great advantage is the fact that there is a swimming pool in almost every small town and village around the coastline. Most of them heated with hot water from the ground. In the tiny village Drangsnes on the east coast of the West Fjords, the residents took the concept a bit further in a delightful way. They built three Hot Tubs by the main road through the village for anyone, visitors and...
  • The Highland is open for traveling two to three moths a year
    The Highland in Iceland is open for traveling two to three moths a year. It usually opens late in June and closes in September or the beginning of October. In June, the opening depends on the disappearance of the snow and how quick the roads get dry. In October, the closing is related to the snow and marks the beginning of a long winter period in the Highland. Even though it's open for a few weeks, it is worth exploring. If you are interested in driving through the Highland in Iceland, the...
  • Places in the Highland of Iceland that are interesting
    There are many places in the Highland of Iceland that are interesting and fascinating. We took this photo at Kverkfjöll near the northern edge of the glacier Vatnajokull a few years back. It is not the typical beautiful photogenic landscape with beautiful colors, but it is unique and unusual. Black sands as far as the eye can see, with a tiny space of grass to camp. Nearby is an ice cave in the glacier, and only some kilometers away we can find a new lava from the eruption last winter. This...

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