Countryside

  • 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...
  • Vöðlavík in the Eastern Region in Iceland
    A visit to some of the unusual places in Iceland sometimes depend on a few factors, like time of year, if the road is open all year round, weather and vehicle, etc.  But then again some of those places are pearls both as a sanctuary and as a scenic spot to enjoy the magnificent and peaceful wonders of nature.  One such place is the small bay Vöðlavík in the Eastern Region north of the large and long fjord Reyðarfjörður.  It is a place you can only visit from the beginning of July until the...
  • Þignvellir is the most sacred place in Iceland
    Officially, settlement began in Iceland in AD 874 when the Norwegian chieftain Ingólfur Arnarson came to settle permanently on the island. Throughout the next century other Norwegians, as well as Celts, followed in his footsteps. District assemblies were formed and very early on the settler realized they would need a general assembly to establish laws and settle disputes.  In 930 the Icelandic Parliament, Alþingi, was founded at Þingvellir – and remained there until 1798. Alþingi now resides in...
  • The waterfall Þjófafoss is part of the Þjórsá river
    The waterfall Þjófafoss is part of the Þjórsá river that stretches from the Icelandic Highland all the way to the south shore in the Southern Region in Iceland.  It is the longest river in Iceland 230 kilometers from Bergvatnskvísl the northernmost source at Srengisandur.  According to folklore and history, the waterfall got its name from practice in the old judiciary system in Iceland, as thieves were thrown into the waterfall to finish their sentence. Almost without exception, none have ever...
  • Þjórsárdalur has many interesting spots
    When the first settlers started arriving in Iceland between AD 874 and 930, South Iceland was the area with the most arable land. Even so, Þjórsárdalur must have looked like a veritable Shangrila. This beautiful, lush valley, with its fertile soil, picturesque waterfalls and tranquil ponds attracted some people to build gladly farms and crofts and to count their blessings. That is, until 1104 when the ferocious volcano, Mount Hekla erupted and destroyed the valley.  Þjórsárdalur is rather flat...

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