Southern Region

  • Skálholt, the former Episcopal see, and farm, in the Southern Region in Iceland
    Skálholt, the former Episcopal see, and farm, in the Southern Region in Iceland is one of the most important historical places in the country.  For ages, the Iceland was a rural agricultural society with almost no form of a significant urban area.  The Church was a powerful institution both socially and economically in addition to its main spiritual and religious role. Accordingly, Skálholt became a center and played the role of a capital of Iceland for centuries. It was a center of religion,...
  • Crystal Cave in Vatnajökull Glacier
    I started my four and a half hour drive early as the weather forecast was great. I was on my way to visit Ice Caves for my information web page Hit Iceland. Although I had traveled to most places in Iceland in the last two years, I had not visited an Ice Cave.  I anticipated a magnificent mountain and glacier view along the way and wanted to have time to photograph before reaching my destination.  I was on my way to Jökulsárlón where I was to meet Little Siggi, an ice cave tour operator at...
  • Katla, on the other hand, can possibly burst with devastating and dangerous consequences.
    Iceland is an island of many volcanos, and according to one of our most prominent geologists, at least four major volcanos are due. Three of them, Hekla, Bárðabunga and Grímsvötn are quite large but unlikely to cause danger or harm to anyone, but Katla, on the other hand, can possibly burst with devastating and dangerous consequences.  One indication geologists look at when trying to predict an eruption is the number of earthquakes in the volcano's sleeping crater or earthquakes near the...
  • Animals of all kinds are often part of the view while driving and traveling in Iceland
    Although most visitors drive around Iceland going from one natural wonder to another, they are usually driving through quite a scenic landscape most of the time. Even when driving from one beautiful waterfall to another visitors are often driving on the road with an extensive view over a vast area of black sand or a picturesque countryside.  In the background, you usually have mountains, a glacier or even a glacier tongue forcing its way to the ocean. You never drive for a long time through a...
  • Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue is a accessible place to view the magnificent ice
    A glacier tongue is a fascinating phenomenon in the Icelandic landscape. Glacier tongues can be seen in a number of places when you drive the Ring Road in the southern region.   A glacier tongue is really an enormous part of a glacier falling from the top or the ice cap down a long slope, sometimes hundreds of meters high.  Due to the mass of ice involved, the speed of the ice is very slow as it moves down the slope. At some point part of the lower part of the glacier tongue starts to break and...
  • Best time to photograph Seljalandsfoss
    Few places that are popular tourist attractions in Iceland are photographed more than Seljalandsfoss waterfall. There are many reasons as anyone can see by doing a image search on Google. To begin with it is without doubt a beautiful waterfall and an astonishing creation of nature. It is located by the Ring Road in Iceland and is easily accessible for anyone who has a car. If you are travelling the south region or the full Ring Road you can't miss it. It is also almost by the foot of the famous...
  • This is though probably the first time the landscape describes the dimension between life and death.
    In the amazing Netflix series The OA there is a scene where the main character Prairie Johnson (Britt Marling) experiences her second near-death experience and is taken to a dreamlike exotic location.  Where on the planet would you find the landscape and location that could convey a place, interpreting the dimension between life and death?  The scene is most definitely in Iceland. It is in a landscape with moss that covers lava and has a typical walking path to a tiny cabin. A cabin that was...
  • Vestmannaeyjar is a cluster of islands south of Iceland.
    An island off an island. Vestmannaeyjar is a cluster of islands south of Iceland. The largest one of them, Heimaey is a residential area, a small town with a population of 4,135 people.   In 1973 the Eldfell Volcano erupted in Vestmannaeyjar forcing the whole population to evacuate to mainland Iceland for at least a month. Afterwards came a period of building up the town again, since about fifth of the town was destroyed by the lava flow. The island is known for its versatile birdlife. For...
  • These columnar basalt forms are called Dverghamrar or The Dwarf Cliffs
    This amazing rock formation is said to have formed during Ice Age, when sea level was higher and its waves formed the facade of the rocks. These columnar basalt forms are called Dverghamrar or The Dwarf Cliffs. It is a perfect pitstop when travelling in the southern region of Iceland, situated only 10 km east of the Kirkjubæjarklaustur village. This might be one of the most grand homes of dwarfs and elves in Iceland so naturally the cliffs are treated respectfully, since no one wants to risk...
  • Katla long overdue volcano is roaring and might erupt at any time
    Katla under the glacier Mýrdalsjökull is an active volcano in the southern part of the Icelandic Highland.  “Active” in a geological sense is measured in tens and hundred of years of an interval between eruptions.  In the past, Katla has had the habit of erupting at least once-twice every century and has erupted twenty times since the Icelandic settlement in the tenth century. It has been a long time since the interval was as long as the current one. That is why Katla is monitored by the...

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