• 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...
  • The most famous hiking trail in Iceland today is the Laugavegur
    Probably the most famous hiking trail in Iceland today is the Laugavegur trail from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork. It is a fascinating highland path where people go through all kinds of landscape and many geological wonders. A typical time for the hike is four days and five nights as most people spend a night in Landmannalaugar, the base camp, before starting and one night in Thorsmork, the oasis, at the end. Although the hiking trail is not particularly challenging, it requires some serious...
  • The church in the small village Tálknafjörður
    Although Icelanders are not particularly religious as a nation, the church as an institution has always played a large role for many centuries. That is one of the reasons you see so many churches all over the country. There is a church in every single small town and village. There are also many churches in rural districts and rural municipals. In recent years, Icelanders have not built many churches since so many were constructed in the 19th and 20th century. One of the more recent churches...
  • The Highland in Iceland is a vast area
    The Highland in Iceland is a vast area of hundreds of magical and peaceful places. It is a wonderful place to hike. It is also an exciting place for adventures four-wheel driving, with tough roads and difficult river crossing. All marked and well-known roads. It is a place of mysterious stories and a place of large and unexpected natural forces, eruption and earthquakes. But even though the Icelandic Highland has many powerful natural forces, it is one of the best places on the planet to find...
  • One of the most popular places in Iceland to photograph
    Many visitors and Icelanders alike would agree that Iceland is a paradise for photographers. The variety of motives and the supply of natural wonders to photograph is almost infinitive. Hot Springs, black sands, waterfalls, glaciers, beautiful landscape scenery, interesting mountains, lava, craters, canyons, small towns with old houses, boats and docks and the list can go on. People interested in photography, a trip to Iceland is worth it. One of the best times to travel as a photographer is...

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