Countryside

  • Trékyllisvík in Strandir is a curious place.
    Trékyllisvík in Strandir is a curious place. This remote cove, surrounded by spectacular mountains, looks benign enough. Still, it is the site that marked the start of a witch craze era in Iceland, when the local sheriff had three sorcerers burned at the stakes in 1654. They were responsible (and consequently found guilty) for the scandalous behavior of some women at mass in the Árnes church. Farfetched? Well, when was witch hunting ever logical? Anyroads, the burnings took place in a rocky...
  • The mountain Trölladyngja and her sister Grænadyngja
    The mountain Trölladyngja (Troll Mountain) is quite curious. This dwarf of a mountain (only 275 meters high) consists of palagonite like most mountains in the area. Trölladyngja and its surroundings is part of the Krísuvík Geothermal Area, but only recently so. Until 1975, there was no geothermal activity around the mountain, but a few years later things started to shift and change. Today Trölladyngja is geothermally very active. It is quite apparent in the colorful south side of the mountain...
  • The waterfall Urriðafoss in the mighty river Þjórsá is the waterfall in Iceland that has more volume than any other waterfall.
    The waterfall Urriðafoss in the mighty river Þjórsá is the waterfall in Iceland that has more volume than any other waterfall.  One reason is the river Þjórsá that is the longest river in Iceland and thus collects a lot of water from its many origins in the highland and lowland until it exits to the ocean.  Anorher reason is the location of the waterfall only a few kilometres from the mouth of the river and thus carries all the water the river can possibly collect. With all its water it is an...
  • Vaglaskógur is the second largest forest area in Iceland.
    Vaglaskógur forest is a very popular destination for Icelanders. A 300-hectare forest, Vaglaskógur is ideal for camping and picnicking; for hiking and recreational activities. The forest is located in Fjóskadalur in Northeast Iceland, a green and fertile valley with the Fjónská River running through. It is a narrow valley, thus sheltered from most wind directions. The Fnjóská River is reputed to be one of the most beautiful fishing rivers in Iceland. At the northern perimeter of the river, you...
  • Vatnajökull Glacier is Europe's largest glacier.
    The Vatnajökull Glacier in Southeast Iceland is Europe's largest glacier. The glacier covers an area of approximately 8.100 square km and the thickness of the ice cap ranging from about 400 to 1100 m. The subglacial landscape is a plateau with valleys, canyons, and gorges all hidden under the ice.  Formed thousands of years ago, Vatnajökull has approximately 30 outlet glaciers, or glacier tongues, flowing and bursting from the icecap as the ice crawls down to the lowland.  One of Iceland's main...
  • Vatnsdalur is quite fertile and was inhabited from earliest times. It is the setting for Vatnsdælasaga
    When you are driving in North Iceland, there is just no way you'll miss Vatnsdalur (The Lake Valley) in Húnavatnssýsla. At the very mouth of the valley is a swarm of hills known as Vatnsdalshólar. Rising like hundreds of gigantic boobs in the landscape, many wonder why it isn't simply called Boob Valley. Especially as the lake the valley derives its name from, Vatnsdalsvatn (Lake Valley Lake) is small and rather insignificant. Vatnsdalur is quite and interesting valley. It has one of the...
  • Vatnsfjordur in the West Fjords in Iceland
    When in Iceland, it is impossible not to notice the wind. The weather very rarely stays still.  Except in Vatnsfjörður, a nature reserve on the south coast of Vestfirðir. It is believed to have been the settlement of the very first Norseman who deliberately sailed to the west in search of Iceland. His name was Flóki, but always named Hrafna-Flóki (Raven-Flóki) and arrived before the 9nth century, a few decades before Iceland was proper settlement started in Iceland.  No wonder Flóki chose the...
  • Vatnsnes peninsula is home to a variety of wild arctic animals.
    The Vatnsnes Peninsula is a bit underestimated by the Icelanders, claiming it doesn't hold any natural wonders. Indeed, if you are only looking for geological wonders, you might not find many on Vatnsnes. But, it most certainly has natural wonders of a different kind as it is home to a variety of wild arctic animals. On the Vatnsnes Peninsula, you will find the largest and most accessible seal sanctuary in Iceland, and observe the common seal at a very close range. It is a joy as the seals are...
  • A great camping ground for those who want privacy
    Vigdísarvellir has always been a popular camping site in Iceland, especially amongst the people living on the Reykjanes Peninsula. It used to be a smallholding from the Þórkötlustaðir farm in Grindavík inhabited until 1900. Explaining why Vigdísarvellir is the only spot in the Peninsula's lava fields where you'll find large green pastures. Also, you will still find the ruins of the old crofts in situ. Vigdísarvellir, along with Lake Djúpavatn, is part of the high-temperature geothermal area on...
  • Víðgelmir is one of the most intriguing caves in Iceland.
    If you are keen on caves, Iceland is the place for you. Hallmundarhraun in Borgarjörður is indeed the best area for exploring caves. Half an hours drive from Surtshellir is the majestic Víðgelmir. Víðgelmir is one of the most intriguing caves in Iceland. It is 1585 kilometer long. The highest point inside the cave is 15.8 meter, and its width is 16.5 meters.  Víðgelmir formed in the same eruption as Surtshellir, but it differs from other caves in various aspects. It has stunning ice formations...

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