Southern Region

  • 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...
  • Five “two for one waterfall” in Iceland
    One thing that Iceland doesn't lack is water. Creeks, streams, rivers,  waterfalls, ponds, and lakes are almost everywhere.  Small and large waterfalls, waterfalls embedded in gorges, hidden in caves, waterfalls in breathtaking landscape and raging glacial river waterfalls as well as relaxing spring fed river waterfalls.  Standing in front of a powerful waterfall is a feeling that gives you a good understanding of the power and beauty of mother nature.  But in the proximity of a beautiful...
  • At Urriðafoss a young man from the group of tourists took the initiative
    Yesterday while photographing at the waterfall Urriðafoss in the Southern Region in Iceland on the Ring Road we came across two gentlemen fishing for salmon.  The salmon fishing season has begun in Iceland. Their day had been exceptionally pleasant, and they were smiling with joy. While we stood on the bank both of them caught a fish, and their fishing rods swayed as the salmon tried to pull away.  It was a moment of delight and panic as no one was available to take the net to bring the fish...
  • Charles Schiele sent us this beautiful video from his road trip in Iceland.
    Charles Schiele sent us this beautiful video from his road trip in Iceland.  There are some spectacular shots in the video from places mentioned in our Ring Road article. The angle is often fascinating and unusual, and Charles has managed to capture some of the most exciting natural wonders in an admirable way.  It is a good start to understanding Iceland and all the magnificent places in nature that you can experience.   
  • A project that now heats over 500 houses
    Biskupstungur is a large rural area in the South Region in Iceland, traditionally an agricultural area.  In the eighties, a group of farmers came up with the idea to search for hot water and build a small geothermal plant. After drilling and searching a source of boiling water was found and the small heating plant built.  At the end of the decade 12, farms and 200 summerhouses were connected to the new geothermal heating plant.  A project that now heats over 500 houses and has revolutionized...
  • Elliðaey, a scary place with tough access
    If you need isolation and a scary place with tough access, here is the house, the place and the island. Elliðaey, just northeast of the Westman Islands, a few miles south of the south coast of Iceland, is an island almost impossible to access. It is like Drangey in Skagafjörður, in the north, only accessible in one place by climbing a cliff. It is out in the open Atlantic Ocean and exposed to severer storms. Behind the island on the photo is the glacier/volcano Eyjafjallajökull that erupted...
  • Opening of our new web page
    Today we officially open our new web page, hiticeland.com. It is a new approach conveying information about Iceland, Icelanders, our visitors, the capital Reykjavík, towns and villages, interesting places in our countryside, the Icelandic Sagas and folklore. We will also continue to write about all kinds of interesting things in our Notes and distribute them on social media. We hope you will enjoy our new web page and share this and our new web page with your friends.  
  • Is Iceland a paradise for landscape photograpers?
    Is there anything that can specifically support the claim that Iceland is a paradise for landscape photographers?   One reason that is often pointed out is the diversity and the amount of motives and places packed on a relatively small island. Mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, glaciers, lava, shoreline, magnificent lowland and exotic Highland enhanced with a few eruptions now and then plus the northern lights. Another thing that is important is the location on planet earth.  Since being so...
  • Hiking in Reykjadalur has its obvious advantage
    Reykjadalur (Smoke Valley), just north of the town of Hveragerði is possibly Iceland's most popular hiking area. The hike to Ölkelda is approximately 3 km long. Along the way, you'll be able to observe gurgling mud pots and super-heated natural pools of water close up. Hiking this extraordinary valley is very pleasant, indeed. It is also quite easy, with only modestly rocky areas. Upon reaching the end of the trail, at Ölkelda you are in for a treat. There, cradled in the bosom of colorful...
  • The Giantess that didn't want to wet her feet
    Tröllkonuhlaup, The Giantess Run, is an interesting waterfall in the river Þjórsá. It is a good example of how names in Icelandic nature and Icelandic landscape originated in folklore stories. The story goes, that some ages ago a giantess lived in the mountain Búrfell by the river Þjórsá and her sister lived in Bjólfell on the other side of the river. Apparently the sisters were very good friends and visited each other quite often. The sister at Búrfell was tired getting her feet wet when...

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