• Driving in Iceland is differed from driving in other countries
    Driving in Iceland is differed from driving in most other countries, at least in Europe and North America. There are still parts of the main Ring Road that most visitors drive, that do not have asphalt but are still gravel roads. This is also true for the smaller Ring Road like the Westfjords road trip. There are many roads outside the main Ring Road in Iceland that are not expected to see asphalt anytime soon, as the road on the photo on the northern side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Also,...
  • A country loaded with fascinating natural sources
    Iceland is a fortunate country loaded with fascinating natural sources. Maybe not oil, diamonds, gold or valuable minerals, but almost endless resources of water. There is cold water, clean water, rivers and lakes. There are also vast underground fresh water streams that float out to the ocean every hour of the day. Iceland also has warm water and boiling water in the ground that we use to heat our homes. Water is everywhere and probably the most valuable resources that we have. A report was...
  • Reykhólar is a tiny village in the West Fjords
    Reykhólar is a tiny village at the entrance to the West Fjords. Although almost hidden and rarely mentioned anywhere today, Reykhólar is an interesting place from a historical viewpoint and has quite a unique place in Iceland’s history. For centuries, the farm Reykhólar was considered one of the most valuable estates in the country. Not only because it was an excellent farmland, but also because it owned hundreds of islands in the large fjord, Breiðafjörður, islands that included many...
  • This photo is taken on top of Sveinstindur
    Sveinstindur is a mountain accessible from the highland road Northern Fjallabak. It is not a particularly noticeable mountain, but a great mountain to climb because of the breathtaking view that waits on the top on a clear day. The peak is a little short of 11 hundred meters and has a marked trail to the top. It is not difficult to climb and only requires the usual, good hiking shoes and fairly good physical shape. This photo is taken on top of Sveinstindur to the east with a view over the...
  • A warm day in Iceland is colder than in other countries
    A pleasant sunny day doesn’t exactly mean the same in Iceland as in most other countries. Most importantly, it only requires a reasonably clear sky and the temperature to reach 10 to 12 degrees Celsius to define a beautiful sunny day. Everything warmer is just fantastic. On such a day Reykjavík shines, and people find their way to the center to enjoy a brunch or a glass of wine at a nice restaurant, preferably dining outside. Also, there are often many exciting events in art and music that one...
  • A nearby mountain is often a symbol for the town
    In many towns and villages in Iceland, a nearby mountain is often a symbol for the town. It is not uncommon for towns to claim that their precious little mountain is the most beautiful mountain in the whole country. This is probably truer in Gundarfjörður on the Snæfellsnes peninsula than in any other town in Iceland. Most people that visit the town of Grundarfjörður would also agree that they have a case or at least a rightful claim. The mountain Kirkjufell is probably one of the most...
  • One of the most interesting small villages in Iceland
    Fáskrúðsfjörður in the East Region is one of the most interesting small villages in Iceland. It is one of the few small villages that survived the negative consequences of the fishing quota system, created by the Icelandic government late in the 20th century. The fishing quota was a milestone in the lives of many towns and villages as the legislation ruined the economic foundation for many of them. Through an admirable resistance led by the local cooperative society in Fáskrúðsfjörður, the town...
  • Skinny-dipping in Hell
    Skinny-dipping in Hell does not sound like a particularly pleasant idea. But this is what many visitors and locals love to do in the middle of the Icelandic Highland. Víti, or Hell as it translates into English, is one of the many fascinating natural wonders in Iceland. It is an explosion crater on the northeast shore of Öskjuvatn in the middle of the Icelandic Highland. The crater is approximately 150 meters in diameter and contains a geothermal lake of mineral-rich warm water. Although the...
  • 20 years ago avalanche fell on the small village of Súðavík
    Twenty years ago, in January 1995, a 400-meter snow avalanche fell on the small village of Súðavík in the West Fjords. On the day of the avalanche, the weather was nothing less than devastating. People were buried in the snow and rescue squads faced number of obstacles and difficulties bringing help. The whole nation was in shock. After hours of digging and searching it was reviled that many homes had demolished, and fourteen people had lost their lives, among them eight children. Today the...
  • Bird watchers are a growing group of tourists
    Bird watchers are a growing group of tourists that visit Iceland each year. Apparently there are many interesting birds in the country to find, spot, watch and photograph. In June and July, there are excellent opportunities during the quiet time of night to view the night time behavior of birds as there is almost daylight around the clock. Puffins are probably among the most popular, but eagles and falcons are probably among the more difficult ones to find. This photo was shot at Lake Mývatn...

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