Countryside and natural wonders in Iceland

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  • Malarrif is an important place to visit when driving the Snæfellsne Peninsula
      For centuries and even up until the eighties and the nineties most places on the westernmost part of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula were isolated.  This was because the road was tough and the part from Ólafsvík village to Rif / Hellissandur villages was often considered dangerous until it was permanently changed, and moved lower to the shore, in the eighties. Although this might seem a bit strange today at Malarrif where you have an information center for the Snæfellsnes National Park, the farm...
  • Melrkkaslétta
    In Iceland, Melrakkaslétta is usually referred to as merely "Sléttan."It is the area least visited by the Icelanders who often maintain there is nothing to see. To them, this relatively flat Peninsula is a whole lot of nothings.  Well, this attitude is possibly due to the Icelander's love of big, powerful elements of nature, something dramatic, devastating and dangerous. The fact is that Sléttan has a different quality of beauty to the rest of the island. With a coastline indented with creeks...
  • Mjóifjörður (The Narrow Fjord), is 18 km long and quite remote, even according to Icelandic standards.
      Mjóifjörður (The Narrow Fjord), is 18 km long and quite remote, even according to Icelandic standards. It is only possible to get there by car along a (not so good) gravel road during the summer; during winter, you can only get there by boat. Still, this isolated – and narrow – fjord clamped between high precipitous mountains between Norðfjörður and Seyðisfjörði is becoming increasingly popular with tourists, both Icelandic and foreign. And, it has a lot to offer. Smjörvogur once served as...
  • The glacier Mýrdalsjökull is a very strange beast in the flora of natural wonders in Iceland.
      The glacier Mýrdalsjökull is a very strange beast in the flora of natural wonders in Iceland. As the fourth largest ice cap in Iceland, approximately 600 square kilometers in size, it puts its mark on all its neighbors in all directions.  It is the ever- percent beauty seen from the south shore at Sólheimasandur. It is a dominating part of the landscape from at the east side at Mýrdalssandur. On the north side in the Highland, it is on your south side when driving on the Fjallabaksleið Syðri...
  • Falcons at Lake Mývatn
      Mývatn is a lake in the northeast part of Iceland and one of the largest lakes in the country approximately 36 square kilometers. The lake is not deep, and the deepest part is only four and a half meter.  It is and has been for a long time, one of the main tourist attractions in the country renowned for its beautiful small islands, exceptional shore, exceptional flora, and abundant birdlife. The area has a dreamlike and mysterious quality and was created by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300...
  • boiling mud at Námaskarð Hverarönd
    If there is a place with apparent "wow" factor in Iceland, it has got to be Námaskarð. Located a short distance from the spectacular volcanic mountain, Krafla, Námaskarð, Hverarönd, is an expanse of hot springs, fumaroles, mud pools and mud pots. Everything is at a boiling point in the stunning arctic desert. No vegetation in sight. The constant emission of fumes has made the ground completely sterile and acidic, thus unfit to sustain flora and fauna. But, the colorful minerals defy imagination...
  • Norðurfjörður is as remote as remote will get without being totally lost in the arctic wilderness.
      In Iceland, Norðurfjörður is as remote as remote will get without being totally lost in the arctic wilderness. It covers an extensive area but is very scarcely populated, with a population within 60. The only public transport linking the area to the rest of the world is one or two weekly flights from Reykjavík to Gjögur during the summer. Still, you will find guesthouses, a camping site, a grocery shop and an excellent café there.  It is easy to drive to Norðurfjörður during the summer, and...
  • Ögmundarhraun lava field is a lava carpet in the landform at Reykjanes Peninsula
      The lava field or lava carpet Ögmundarhraun in Reykjanes Peninsula is fascinating for many reasons.  The whole peninsula is home to hundreds of eruptions from thousands of years ago and also from historical times. The landform is like an excellent example of how mother nature builds her land.  And although the latest eruption at Reykjanes Peninsula was about 700 years ago, the whole peninsula is still defined as active when it comes to volcanos and eruptions. Ögmundarhraun is the product of...
  • Öndverðarnes the outermost point in Snæfellsnes
      Öndverðarnes is the name of the outermost point of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The place is a small land or a stripe by the shore that made it possible for centuries to serve as a fishing station.  Unlike most of the nearby area that is covered with lava and craters from eruptions thousands of years ago.  Öndverðarnes is therefore surrounded by large lava fields on one side and the Atlantic ocean on the other side.  It is a fascinating place although not necessarily one of the most beautiful...
  • The folk museum at Örlygshofn
      Örlygshöfn Cove is irrefutably Iceland's Golden Beach. With golden sands stretching for miles on a sunny day, the fjord's waters take on a hue of royal blue. Located across the fjord from Patreksfjörður town, Örlygshöfn Cove is scarcely populated. Still, you will find lodges and guesthouses a plenty, as this is en route to one of the most popular sites in Iceland, the Látrabjarg cliffs.  Örlygshöfn is a favorite for horse riding and by far less dangerous than, i.e. Löngufjörur, the sands on...

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