•  Hiking gives you the opportunity to challenge yourself while walking through a magnificent landscape and come in proximity with some spectacular natural wonders
    Hiking is the most exciting way to travel in Iceland. During the summer months of June through August, the Icelandic Highland is a paradise for hikers.  With the right preparation, good knowledge of the terrain and the proper gear you can find a spectacular hiking trail that is both secure and a good challenge.  There are many hiking trails all over Iceland with hidden gems and natural wonders that you are not able to visit in a vehicle. Gems that are only accessible on your two legs. Places in...
  • Here we have an overview of Hlíðar.
    Another photograph from our capital city, Reykjavík. Here we have an overview of Hlíðar, one of the cities’ most popular residential neighbourhoods. It is positioned very central, in walking distance to the centre, but still far enough from it to be albe to avoid the busy centre if wanted. With good schools and many playgrounds this neighbourhood is quite family orientated. Plus the fact that it is so close to Laugardalslaug, Reykjavík biggest public swimming pool. In the back we see the...
  • Nornabaugar directly translated to English as Witch's Rings.
    It is easy, when covering Iceland in pictures and writing, as we do here at Hit Iceland to get lost in the subject of overwhelming waterfalls, majestic mountains and other natural wonders. But what is also important to mention are the details that bind all these things together. Whether it be tiny rock formations or the vegetation, like in this photograph. These circles are called Nornabaugar directly translated to English as Witch's Rings. They are formed by a mushroom trying to grow in...
  • You are surrounded by beauty and stillness at the same time overpowered by the magnitude of the landscape.
    To be on your own placed in a large landscape with no sound other than the waves on the beach and the songs of birds looking for food in the sand or beneath the surface of the sea is an experience of a lifetime. A sanctuary from all the noises you recognize so well from constantly living in a large city with its traffic, disturbances, threats, intimidation and unclean air.   You are surrounded by beauty and stillness at the same time overpowered by the magnitude of the landscape. Walking in...
  • There are seemingly endless different ways of looking at Kerlingarfjöll.
    There are seemingly endless different ways of looking at Kerlingarfjöll and during a drive through the highland of Iceland it feels as if Kerlingarfjöll is looking at you, specially when driving by the road Kjölur. It is great to see the way this rugged cluster of mountains with their varied shapes and sizes stand as if they are protectors of their land. Which brings us to their name, Kerlingarfjöll which directly translates Old Woman's Mountains. to This photograph is taken from a far, but as...
  • Driving in winter in Iceland is often very difficult and can be dangerous
    Sometimes we get questions through our Facebook or Google+ or even direct through e-mail, and people ask about various things like driving in winter in Iceland, driving on gravel roads in Iceland, when to travel in the highlands, how to cross rivers and much more.  A few days ago we got a question regarding a trip on the Ring Road in the winter.  Is the Ring Road drive enjoyable in winter? In our Ring Road driving plan and Road Trip, we recommend taking the trip between May and end of...
  • This summer we met a young man from France, cycling over the Highland. We met him at Versalir in the middle of the road Sprengisandur or Sprengisandsleið.
    When discussing driving plans or road trips or planning any driving tour in Iceland, there is a striking difference between Icelanders and visitors.  For decades, even centuries, Icelanders have referred to places in the landscape by name. Everything has a name. This is also true when we talk about roads.  Every road in Iceland has a name and Icelanders use that name when talking about their summer tour and when planning a driving tour.  Although many visitors are familiar with the term Ring...
  • In the heart of the Icelandic highlands is Nýidalur (New Valley).
    In the heart of the Icelandic highlands is Nýidalur (New Valley). This is the perfect place to experience the true remote, but often extreme conditions of the highlands. Positioned right of the Sprengisandur Route - Highland Road Nr. F26, Nýidalur is also in between two glaciers: Tugnafellsjökull and Hofsjökull. There are a few hikes to be taken around the Valley, and The Icelandic Touring Association have two huts there, perfect as accommodation after a day out. Besides the two huts at...
  • The head chef Hákon is a renowned Icelandic chef
    At Hit Iceland we are always excited when a new restaurant opens in Reykjavík. The restaurant flora and variety in quality food are fast approaching the best any city in the world can offer.  Now we must remember that Reykjavik measured in population is just a small town.  But on many other scales, like the number of quality restaurants, it is a large city.  This is because Reykjavík is a small town with a large city ego; a small town girl with a big city attitude.  This is such a wonderful...
  •  Borgarvirki
    For those interested in history and the Icelandic Sagas, Borgarvirki is a very relevant place to visit. Although originally formed naturally by an ancient volcanic plug of columnar basalt, that base is believed to have been transformed into a defensive fortification dating around the Settlement (879 - 1030 AD). There are some debates about whether that is true or if it was simply used for peaceful purposes but either way it is a great spot to see and perhaps decide for yourself. Borgarvirki was...

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