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Apr 21 2017

Iceland has hundreds of rivers and probably thousands of creeks brooks and streams.  It is a country of water and has more water recourses than most other countries, both cold and hot water.

Two rivers side by side in Jökulsárgljúfur - glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum and the smaller spring-fed Brandslækur creek

In March one year ago when traveling in the northern part of Iceland, we came across a major setup for a filming crew by Lake Myvatn.  In addition to the full accommodation and gear buildings, we saw a lot of weird looking vehicles.  We learned that it was a filming crew of Fast And The Furious 8 located here in the middle of winter at the south end of the Lake.  No photos were allowed, and we didn’t even try to find a way to sneak a shot of the setup as it is important to honor such request.  We did, on the other hand, manage to take this photo of the exact ice that was used for filming tow or three days later and the conditions at Myvatn at the time.

Where is Lake Myvatn?

For those who are wondering where this place is and how it looks, we can inform you that this is actually one of the most beautiful places in Iceland.  Lake Myvatn is a major attraction renowned for its beauty and landscape.   It is also part of the Ring Road that many visitors choose to travel while visiting Iceland. The landscape around the lake is not only beautiful, but there are also many impressive natural wonders in the area like Dimmuborgir Lava Park, Námaskarð hot springs, and Goðafoss waterfall.

The exact location of the filming

The exact location of the setup was at Skútustaðir, a tiny hamlet at the south end of the lake.  The area looks quite different during summer, and even this winter as the frost by the lake is much less than it was at the time of filming.  Fortunately, it was freezing by the lake last winter so the ice managed to hold all the vehicles speeding on the ice.  So the crew got the prime weather for this part of the film.
 

The fast and the furious 8 Iceland filming location

Spring has arrived early in Iceland.  April is not always part of spring but more often part of winter, but the weather can change all that. At least in the minds and heads of Icelanders.  We at Hit Iceland are always touring around the country and took a day trip to Þórsmörk yesterday on Good Friday.

Early spring in Þórsmörk

Although the main attraction in Iceland is natural wonders like waterfalls, hot springs, iceberg lagoons and basalt column cliffs, the country also offers many exciting adventure tours. Northern Lights Tours, Super Jeep Tours, Ice Cave Tours, Whale Watching Tours, Snowmobile Tours on a Glacier, Scenic Tours and much more.  Here are some exciting tours that Hit Iceland recommends and offers to our visitors.  A selected group of quality tours that will enhance your experience in Iceland.  Find a tour that fits your interest.

Húsavík in the Northern Region is the whale watching capital of Iceland and possibly the world.  North Sailing has operated their tours for more than two decades and is the most experienced whale watching company in Iceland.  It was our first choice when looking for a partner to offer a whale watching tour on Hit Iceland. A tour that we have experiences with great joy as you can read about in our article.  If you are looking for a once in a lifetime experience and come into proximity with the fascinating animals that whales are, the “Original Húsavík Whale Watching tour” is an adventure tour for you.

 

Discover and enjoy nature

Here you will discover the great nature of Skjálfandi bay observing whales, dolphins, and seabirds in their natural habitat. There is always the possibility of seeing a 16-ton humpback breaching which is an electrifying sight.  And dolphins “running” around in the ocean. You will enjoy the smooth, safe sailing of a traditional Icelandic oak boat and treat yourself to a cup of hot cocoa and a cinnamon bun.  North Sailing also has many highly experienced guides that are trained to spot exciting activity and interesting animals in the ocean.

 

A tour that thousands recommend

Recommended by thousands of satisfied travelers worldwide the Original Husavik Whale Watching tour is an authentic wildlife adventure by the pioneers of whale watching in Iceland.

If you are ready for this once in a lifetime experience interacting with natural wonders book your tour and dive into the adventure.

 

 

On our website hiticeland.com, we have thousands of photos from Iceland. Among the photos on our website are photos from the most popular and exciting natural wonders, pictures from towns and villages and many other interesting photos.  Although we keep our copyright, we allow visitors to our site to copy and download photos from our website free of charge.  We know that people often need photos from Iceland when planning a trip or a vacation in Iceland. Possibly to send in an e-mail or publish on a website or even on Facebook or Twitter or other social media.  Often people also need photos with articles or news items about Iceland. 
If this applies to you feel free to download or copy our photos and use them free of charge, but with two conditions.  If you decide to download, copy and use our photos we kindly ask you to honor and respect our conditions.

Our two conditions for free photos from the Hit Iceland website

On the one hand, we ask you to tell your viewers and readers that the photos are from Hit Iceland, published as a courtesy of Hit Iceland and ask you to put a clickable URL with this notification to our website.  This applies to each photo.  A typical text or caption with the photo would be

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On the other hand, you cannot copy more than ten images. You can not use more than ten on a website or in an article.  The primary purpose is to give people the option of using photos from interesting places in Iceland to communicate and plan but not to build anything commercial with our photos. 

By opening access to our photos for everyone to use free of charge we hope it will be easier to plan a vacation and a trip to Iceland. There are so many places to visit, son many natural wonders to view, so many variations to plan, so many exotic angles that we know our photos can benefit those who are planning and dreaming. And that is why we waive our rights and ask everyone instead to honor our conditions.

If you want to use our photos for printing or in another way outside this permission, please contact us at info@hiticeland.com

The mountain Lómagnúpur is among the most photographed mountains and natural wonders in Icelandic Landscape. The 690 meters high cliff at the southern end of the mountain stands tall. Something visitors driving the Ring Road approaching the mountain can not but admire as it lifts from the endless sand Skeiðarársandur south of Vatnajökull and Skaftafell.  The mountain is like a magnet for the eye, and with its small ponds, rocks and vegetation surrounding the cliffs is just a perfect item in the landscape to photograph.  On a beautiful calm day it is almost too easy to take beautiful photos of this magnificent mountain.

A cliff that has been around for a long time in Icelandic history

Stories related to Lómagnúpur have been around for a long time.  One of the oldest one is from the famous Saga, Njála.  One of the main characters, Flosi who originally came up with the idea to burn Njáls farm, lived at Svínafell farm near the Svínafell glacier. In one of his dream, he saw a giant walk out from the mountains as it opened and named 25 men out loud, that ended up putting the flames to Njal's farm. After that, he walked back into the mountain.  Possibly the story has its roots in the fact that the cliffs are so steep and high that people feel dwarfed in the presence of the mountain and gave it a supernatural force. 

An unstable mountain with history of landslides

One could argue that Lómagnúpur is one of few mountains in Iceland that have unexpected landslides, even loaded with large bergs and rocks.  One quite significant was documented around the middle of the 17th century on the west side. The landslide is still visible from the farm Núpstaðir.  Another smaller landslide, also visible today both as a scar in the mountain and also at the root of the mountain, occurred on the east side in 1988. It is an unstable creature and possibly as it is the home of large giants.

The mountain Lómagnúpur is among the most photographed mountains and natural wonders in Icelandic Landscape.

For many reasons, Reykholt in the west region is a crucial historical and cultural place in Iceland. In medieval times it was the center of power, culture and power struggle among chiefs that fought hard never shy to engage in challenging and deadly battles.  One of the largest persona in all events related to power, accumulation of wealth and leadership was Snorri Sturluson.

Reykholt in the west region is a crucial historical and cultural place in Iceland

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