Countryside and natural wonders in Iceland

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  • Interestingly the waterfall Öxarárfoss is actually a human-made waterfall
      The waterfall Öxaráfoss (The waterfall in the Ax River)  in the ravine Almannagjá at Þingvellir is one of the best-known waterfalls in Iceland, at least among Icelanders. Like everything related to Þingvellir and Almnnagjá the waterfall has a sentimental reference and historical value. It is an important place in our most precious and sacred place Þingvellir. It is positioned inside Almannagjá in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The waterfall is rather small, only about 20 meters high, but is an...
  • The island is renowned for its birdlife and is a good place to see puffins among other species up close.
      Papey (Friar's Island) is an island off the east coast, close to the Djúpivogur village. It is approximately two square km but has was from earliest settlement, until the 20th century.  The name is Celtic, derived from Papal and indeed the first settlers there were two Irish monks. According to old, Icelandic manuscripts, the monks used to live on the mainland until the "rightful" settlers came along around the year 900. Those were, of course, the heathen Norse, who chased the peace-loving...
  • Although entering the ravine Rauðfeldsgjá is a bit of a clamber it is worth it when you come into the main entrance.
      Rauðfeldsgjá is a deep, high and narrow ravine in the cliffs south of the glacier Snæfellsjökull with a dramatic story and family tragedy attached to its name. The location is near the tiny hamlet of Arnarstapi. Seen from the road, it looks like a small crack in the berg that slid just a bit, enough for people to enter and observe. There is a parking lot by the road and a five to ten minutes walk to the entrance of the ravine.  Rauðfeldsgjá is part of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula road trip. A...
  • Rauðisandur (Red Beach) is a 10 kilometer stretch of a beach on the south coast of the Vestfirðir.
      Rauðisandur (Red Beach) is a 10 kilometer stretch of a beach on the south coast of the West Fjords (Vestfirðir) in Iceland. And, yes, the sand is red, at least in certain conditions. On sunny days, it is quite a sight to see as it scintillates like a shoreline covered in diamonds.  Sunny days are by no means a constant in Iceland. But, don't let that stop you from going to Rauðisandur. This amazing beach is like an instrument being played by high and low tides as well as lights and shadows....
  • Reykjadalur near Hveragerði town
    Reykjadalur is a small valley (Smoke Valley) just north of the town of Hveragerði in the South Region in Iceland. This magnificent geothermal wonderland is possibly one of Iceland's most famous hiking trails and hiking area. The small river snaking along the valley is extraordinary with its hot pools and mud pots in the river bed making the water hot in various places and creating small natural geothermal hot pot ideal for resting and relaxing. The hike through geothermal area A mere five...
  • Reynisdrangar, just south of the dramatic black beaches of Vík village
      The Atlantic Ocean is quite the sculptor, much apparent in various locations around Iceland. Reynisdrangar, just south of the dramatic black beaches of Vík village are three spiky basalt sea stacks rising from the ocean 66 m into the air.  Legend has it that the three stacks were formerly two trolls dragging a three-mast ship towards land throughout a night. Alas, it was a slow maneuver and the night wasn't long at that time of year. At the break of dawn up rose the Sun and cast its rays on...
  • When you enter the beach, you will encounter one of the most spectacular basalt column formations in Iceland right in front of you
      Reynisfjara Beach has in recent years become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. To Icelanders, it is not a surprise as the beach, and the surrounding area has a lot to offer in terms of natural wonders and spectacular experience. It is not only a display of magnificent and panoramic natural wonders but also a meeting place of immense natural forces. Reynisfjara black beach and basalt column formation Many natural wonders wrapped up in one Reynisfjara is a beautiful...
  • Rjúkandi is part of a stunning landscape at Jökuldalur valley in the Eastern Region
      Although Rjúkandi is one of only a few waterfalls you can see from the Ring Road in Iceland (Road nr. 1), many visitors do not stop by Rjúkandi or tend to stop by that waterfall.  One reason is the fact that along the way at Lower Jökuldalur valley in the Eastern Region between Egilsstaðir and Akureyri there are many “road side” waterfalls running down the slopes.  Rjúkandi just seems like one of many if you don’t take the time to walk the short path to view this beautiful attraction.  The...
  • Saxhóll crater is only about 100 meters high
      Snæfellsnes Peninsula offers many interesting and fascinating places to stop by, view and experience.  When you enter the Peninsula driving from Borgarnes town one of the first places that we recommend is Eldborg crater.  The hike back and forth from the parking lot to the top of Eldborg is not necessarily a short hike and takes about two to two and a half hours.  But for those who prefer a shorter walk to see a crater, Saxhóll is a good option although the crater is nowhere as impressive as...
  • Illugastaðir farm is a place where you can view seals and their natural environment
      Viewing animals in their natural environment is a great experience far beyond seeing animals in a zoo, especially if you can see them gathered in numbers.  Illugastaðir farm is a place where you can view seals and their natural environment, their quarrels and their love for each other.  A place where the animals are free to leave if they don't like to be looked at or even put on a show if they are interested in putting on a show. You can sit and watch their life in a place where nothing has...

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