Countryside

  • Svörtuloft is a lighthouse and a four-kilometer long cliff that is worth visiting during summer
      At the tip of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, some interesting places are delightful to visit and explore.  Apart from Skarðsvík bay the road to visit all of the places is a gravel road and bit difficult to drive.  Not necessarily a 4X4 road but a narrow and bumpy gravel road.  Svörtuloft is a lighthouse and a four-kilometer long cliff that is worth visiting during summer, especially if the tide is low and the weather is calm.  The formation of the cliff is quite spectacular as they are dark and...
  • Vatnsfjörður is one of the most beautiful places in Iceland
    The road from Gilsfjörður to Kleifaheiði on the south coast of Wes Fjord peninsula is often referred to as Barðaströnd or the Barðaströnd drive.   It is part of the main highway system in Iceland if you are driving around the country, but not part of the Rig Road since it is on the West Fjord peninsula.  The Barðaströnd drive has been considered by Icelanders for a long time to be one of the worst and most boring highways in Iceland.  It is one of the few roads in the main highways that are not...
  • The Colorful Krísuvík
    Krísuvík is one of the fascinating areas in Iceland. That is if you are a true lover of nature. Situated in the south of the Reykjanes Peninsula, in the middle of the fissure zone of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, it is spectacular. It is such an active geothermal area; one cannot help but wonder: Is it here that Iceland breathes? The area is riddled with steaming volcanic vents and boiling hot springs, framed dramatically by a range of multi-colored hill. At Seltún and Gunnuhver you will find...
  • The fast and the furious 8 Iceland filming location
    In March one year ago when traveling in the northern part of Iceland, we came across a major setup for a filming crew by Lake Myvatn.  In addition to the full accommodation and gear buildings, we saw a lot of weird looking vehicles.  We learned that it was a filming crew of Fast And The Furious 8 located here in the middle of winter at the south end of the Lake.  No photos were allowed, and we didn’t even try to find a way to sneak a shot of the setup as it is important to honor such request. ...
  • The Garðskagi Lighthouses
    Garðskagi, the tip of the toe on the Reykjanes peninsula, with its shores and lighthouses might not seem too much to write home about at first sight. And, in fact, this wonderful place has been kept secret by the locals for years and years. Whenever they need a change of scenery, a perfect place to relax, to have a picnic, a stroll along the beach, or to find much needed solitude, to cry – or even scream their head of, their destination is the Garðskagi lighthouses. It may be strange to find...
  • On the road to Krýsuvík, you will pass the beautiful solfatara field at Seltún.
      On the road to Krýsuvík, you will pass the beautiful geothermal area at Seltún. The main area is a fascinating hot spring field to the southwest, recognizable by the mud pools and steaming ground. Through the steam, you'll notice the yellow, green and red-orange colors, as well as the white and brown colors of the sulfates. The sulfates dissolve in water and become mottled. Thus, when it rains they disappear altogether, leaving only the bright yellow, green and red colors of the sulfur. It is...
  • Throughout the centuries, Icelanders built about 140 fishing stations around the coast.
      Selatangar is an old fishing stations and one of the few around the coast of Iceland that is remaining, although only as ruins.  Throughout the centuries, from the early 14th century and up until the late 19th century, fishing stations were essential for most farms and families in Iceland in their effort to sustain. For many farms, it was part of their livelihood. Even though Iceland was an agricultural society, many families and farms needed to add fish to their meals to sustain because the...
  • The Reykjanes Lighthouse
      The Reykjanes Lighthouse is Iceland's oldest lighthouse.  It was built during 1907 and 1908 instead of the old lighthouse that had been built in 1878 but was destroyed by an earthquake eight years later. At the time, it was the most advanced and expensive structure to be built in Iceland. The current Reykjanes Lighthouse was designed by the Danish architect Frederik Kjorbo and the Danish engineer Thorvald Krabbe.  It is a 26.7-meter high concrete construction with traditional looks. The...
  • The Sjöundá double murder and trial
    Iceland's best-known crime story took place at the Sjöundá farm by Rauðisandur in 1802. Half the farm was allocated to the farmer Bjarni, who lived there with his wife Guðrún and their three children.  That left half the farm uninhabited until the arrival of farmer Jón, his wife Steinunn and their five children. Sjöundá was an extremely isolated spot and hardly the place for unquiet souls. With not much diversion on offer, Bjarni and Steinunn commenced on an illicit affair. With not many places...
  • One such waterfall is by the road in the West Fjords at the mountain pass or Morse Steingrímsfjarðarheiði.
    Iceland has so many waterfalls that it could be labeled the country of the thousand waterfalls, just as Finland is often labeled the land of thousands of lakes. In some fjords, like the beautiful Mjóifjörður in the East Region water seems to float down the mountains every 50 meters in the 18 kilometers fjord, on both sides.  In the Highland, you can hardly walk a few kilometers without running into some a creek or a river that has a fall at some point.  But it is not only the water, be it...

Pages