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  • Dimmuborgir (The Dark Castles) is considered by most natives to be the single most impressive place in Iceland. Located by Lake Mývatn in North Iceland, it is a lava field displaying the most unusual rock formations and caves. It is dramatic, to say the least. Icelandic folklore maintains Dimmuborgir is where earth connects with Hell. In Nordic Christian lore, it is also said to be the place where Satan plummeted when he was cast from Heaven, and later created the Catacombs of Hell. In reality...
  • This strange black sand cove on the south coast of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is curiously close to the Icelandic heart. It is covered with black pearly pebbles, constantly being brought in by the ocean waves.
    This strange black sand cove on the south coast of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is curiously close to the Icelandic heart. It is covered with black pearly pebbles, constantly being brought in by the ocean waves. Still, picking them – or nicking them – is strictly forbidden. It's not that they keep a pebble-police at Djúpalónssandur, the Icelanders just don't want their stones removed. Not a single one of them. In the old day, just like so many coves and armlets in this area, Djúpalónssandur used...
  • Djúpavatn a beautiful and tranquil lake is located on the Reykjanes Peninsula
    Reykjanes peninsula has many interesting places and several natural wonders. In fact, one could easily spend a few days in Iceland and only visit interesting places on the Reykjanes peninsula. One of those beautiful places is Lake Djúpavatn, less than an hours drive from Reykjavík. It is a bit difficult to visit since the road is a kind of a Highland gravel road for 4X4 vehicles only. But that makes visiting the place just a bit more exciting and adventures. There are also a few interesting...
  • Drangey
    Everyone driving in Skagafjörður in North Iceland can't help but be impressed by a huge cliff towering majestically in the middle of the fjord. The cliff, Drangey, is a remnant of a seven hundred years old volcano and mostly made of volcanic tuff. Of course, to the Icelanders this was a somewhat boring explanation of the island's origins. So, they issued another explanation: Two night-prowling trolls were traversing the fjord with their cow in tow. They were somewhat slow in their maneuvering...
  • It is quite curious that the rugged Westfjords Peninsula only has one tiny glacier, Drangajökull.
    It is quite curious that the rugged Westfjords Peninsula only has one tiny glacier, Drangajökull. The Peninsula is next to Greenland and practically crosses the Arctic Circle. Large areas are not habitable due to unfavorable climate and poor land quality. You would think this was the ideal setting for Nature to place an impressive glacier. Drangajökull is the northernmost glacier in Iceland. It covers an area of 160- 200 km2, making it the fifth largest in Iceland. But, it is the only glacier...
  • For centuries, Dritvík was the largest fishing station in Iceland with up to 60 fishing boats at any given time and 400 inhabitants
    If you feel the need for dramatics while travelling in Iceland, Dritvík on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is the place to go. For centuries, Dritvík was the largest fishing station in Iceland with up to 60 fishing boats at any given time and 400 inhabitants. Which is a mind-boggling notion as the access to this dramatic Creek is by no means obvious.To reach Dritvík you have to go to Djúpalónssandur, approximately a kilometer to the east, and hike over a craggy headland. Though not too difficult a...
  • One of the most stunning rock formations in Iceland is Dverghamrar (The Dwarf Cliffs), some 10 km east of the Kirkjubæjarklaustur village.
    Sometimes the Icelander find it mind-boggling to figure out how their nature and landscape ended up the way it did. Sometimes totally chaotic and menacing, and then sometimes beautifully carved and mesmerizing. Icelandic folklore will, of course, provide you with excellent explanations concocted throughout the ages; tales of trolls, giants, and elves, as well as, the hidden people and the dwarfs. Dverghamrar one of many basalt column formations One of the most stunning rock formations in...
  • Dynjandi waterfall in the Westfjords in Iceland
    Dynjandi is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland and the largest waterfall in the Westfjords. It is an importand part of the Westfjord scenic drive and one of the main natural wonders in the region. The waterfall consists of seven waterfalls that each has its name and identity. Dynjandi is more than just a waterfall; it is a feast of waterfalls and one of the most beautiful constructions by mother nature that you will ever see.  The source of the waterfall traces its origin to the...
  • Dyrholaey is the southern most part of Iceland
    Dyrahólaey is a naturally formed arch just offshore near the tiny village of Vík on the south shore in Iceland. The 120 m high basalt rock is a former volcanic island that has been carved and shaped by the raging Atlantic Ocean since the Ice Age. The hole in the middle is big enough for fishing vessels to sail through, not recommended though as you never know how the tide is going to behave. Remarkably, in 1995 two adventurers did a stunt flight in a small aircraft through the whole and lived...
  • Leif the Lucky who was born at Eiríksstaðir
    Eiríksstaðir is a farm and a museum in the West Region in Iceland.  Placed in this historically rich region it is the place where the Viking Erik the Red lived during his troublesome early adult life.  Eric is a famous person in the Icelandic Sagas because of his lethal disputes with his neighbors and also because of his migration to Greenland after being outlawed in Iceland.  Eric is also credited for being the person that discovered Greenland and gave the land its name. But not the least is...

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