Reykjavík

  • Kermóaafoss, the largest and most exciting waterfall in Elliðaárdalur
    There are probably few cities in the world that have a river running through its districts.  Let alone a river where people can go fishing and catch a salmon.  But in Reykjavík the capital of Iceland you will find a river running through a beautiful valley Elliðarárdalur. The river has its origin in the two square kilometer lake Elliðavatn.  The lake is quite shallow as most of it is only 1 meter in depth. The valley is a great place to take two to three hours to hike. Hiking the valley to...
  • Katrin Jakobsdóttir starts her first day as prime minister on the 99th anniversary of sovereignty
    Icelanders often pride themselves on the fact that the fight for independence was won with one weapon, the pen.  During the battle, no shot was fired and no blood was shed. Instead, our heroes wrote tons of articles, delivered multiple proposals, presented arguments, and participated in disputes for many decades. In steps and milestones like a constitution, sovereignty, and home rule the fight was won and independence achieved in 1944. Achievements that are still admired and celebrated by...
  • To find a rent a car or car for hire in Iceland is not as simple as finding a car for hire in most other countries.
    Renting a car and driving around the country in Iceland is by far the best way to travel. By hiring a car, you can organize a road trip that fits your budget and schedule. You can choose how much time to spend at a particular stop, a natural wonder, a charming small town or a museum. You also have the flexibility to enjoy the landscape, a scenic drive and a cozy picnic. And like Icelanders have done for decades, you can respond to the unpredictable weather and adjust your travel plan.  And keep...
  • The best and most interesting walking tour in Reykjavík
    One of the best ways to enjoy a city is to take a walking tour.  It is by far the most enjoyable way to experience the atmosphere, the architecture, the city landscape and all the exciting things a city can offer.  Reykjavík is no exception despite the fact that it is much smaller than most cities. So what is the most interesting walking tour you can take in Reykjavík?  The answer is quite simple; it is the Sculpture and Shore Walk from the City Center and Harpa to Höfði house. From the famous...
  • Our Nikon D750 camera in our three year Iceland journey
      As photographers, we have many reasons to phrase Nikon and specifically the D750 camera.   We purchased our first digital reflex camera back in 2003 when the D100 was launched. At that time a revolution in the digital camera market.  Later we bought the D200 and about three years ago the Nikon D750. Our purpose at that time was to travel around Iceland and photograph everything of interest.  Mostly landscape like waterfalls, basalt columns, hot springs, mountains, glaciers and also towns and...
  • The Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis appear, on a regular basis, in Iceland from the middle of September through to the end of March.
    What are the best months or the best time of year to see the Northern Lights in Iceland? The Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis appear, on a regular basis, in Iceland from the middle of August through to the middle of April. Any time outside these months, the Northern Lights do not appear, as the nights are short and daylight dominates the sky. During these moths, the Aurora Borealis appear almost everywhere in the country if the strength, or the Aurora level is right and the skies are...
  • Cruising to Iceland
    Increasing number of tourists in Iceland arrive on a ship or a cruise.  One of the largest ships sailing to Iceland is MSC Prezi¬osa.  The enormous ship has scheduled three tours to Iceland this summer, and it is hard to miss when in the harbor in the small city of Reykjavík.   Almost towering above all buildings in the city and bringing thousands of tourists for a few days stay in the city.  Sailing by the shore of Iceland is a fascinating way to visit and gives a rare view of the country from...
  • If you plan a holiday in Iceland it is a good idea to study the weather
    The weather is one of the most unpredictable factors people live with and need to accept in Iceland. This applies both visitors and citizens all year round, independent of seasons.  Although the Meteorological Office in Iceland issues a daily and weekly forecasts the weather often behaves differently. Most people who live in Iceland have a built in factor where they always expect the worst weather but gladly accept anything better than expectations.  This attitude refers to all seasons, and...
  • Þúfa in Icelandic actually means a very tiny knoll, but here it is a hill.  It is an 8 meter high hill and 26 meters in diameter.
    If you like to take a walk while visiting a city, we recommend the walking tour from the Reykjavík City Center to the enjoyable artwork Þúfa. Although built in 2013 the environmental art is fast becoming a landmark in the Reykjavík urban landscape.  To go to Þúfan you walk by the harbor west on to Grandi, where Reykjavík still has a lot of fishing and fish processing activity, and out to a point where the hill was built. The artwork is a result of a competition for artists in 2012 - 2013...
  • Harpa Concert and Conference Hall in Reykjavík
    In 2008 Iceland experienced a disastrous financial crash. What had looked like an endless path to growth, reaching back to the year 2000, came to a standstill taking a whole nation to an edge of a financial cliff. Among the significant symbols of growth and prosperity was a new conference and concert hall by the harbor. A symbol of success and wealth. A project that had started but a building that had barely surfaced. As the country seemed completely broke and more or less on the brink of...

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