Iceland

No wonder Iceland is a paradise, and one of the best places on the planet, for birdwatchers. Usually when we are traveling around the country, we see all kinds of birds. The Whooper Swan is a bird we see all the time almost everywhere. There are many landmarks in the Icelandic landscape named after the Whooper Swan everywhere, which tells us that this bird has been around for a long time. At least two fjords are named after the Whooper Swan, Álftafjörður in Snæfellsnes and Álftafjörður in the South East Region. Consequently, both fjords are almost always packed with Whooper Swans.

Iceland is a paradise for birdwatchers

Herðubreið is the queen of Icelandic mountains. The mountain is considered by many Icelanders to be the most beautiful mountain in the country. Herðubreið rises 1677 meter up from Ódáðahraun lava desert and stands alone without any competition from other mountains and can, therefore, as a queen deserves, proudly express her dignity from any angel. Near Herðurbreið on the east side is an oasis called Herðubreiðalindir. At Herðubreiðalindir, there is a camping ground and a mountain hut where accommodation is available during the summer months.

The oasis Herðubreiðalindir was a hideout for an outlaw

The waterfall Dynjandi is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland. It is not the most famous, probably because of the distance from Reykjavík or the main Ring Road, located in Arnarfjörður (The fjord of the Eagle) in the beautiful West Fjords. To stand near such a magnificent creation of nature is a moment to treasure, and visit in your mind in times of urban stress and noise. To take a great photo of such a place is, on the other hand, a matter of timing and time. When we drove by late in the afternoon in July, the sun was above the waterfall shining straight into the camera.

The most impressive waterfalls in Iceland

It is always interesting for Icelanders to see how visitors traveling in Iceland organize their trip and gear. Icelanders didn’t start to travel around the country in any numbers during their summer vacations, until the forties and fifties, in the 20th century. From that time up to the eighties and nineties, they used tents for shelter and sleeping. Today most of us rely on something much heavier and bulky like caravans or trailers for our little private home away from home.

Visitors and tourists traveling in Iceland

On the coastline in Iceland, there are a few tiny villages, or hamlets, that are deserted. Most of those places had a role and a purpose decades or centuries ago connected to fishing and fish processing. Most of them also lost their function when fishing grounds disappeared with a decline in the stock. One such hamlet is Gjögur located on Strandir in the West Fjords region. Fortunately, Icelanders are interested in their heritage and family history, and many families that trace their history to such deserted hamlets continue to renovate and fix their families old houses.

You can find deserted tiny villages around the coastline

Driving in the northeast part of Iceland this summer, from Vopnafjörður to Bakkafjörður we saw this amazing fog crawling in the fjord. It was a bizarre site to watch the fog move into the fjord above the sea, but not entering the land. Obviously nature has its way of doing things, and this only proves that you can encounter many unusual and unexpected phenomenon while traveling in Iceland.

Sometimes our fjords are filled with fog

For many Icelanders Þórsmörk, (Thorsmork) in the Southern Region is a favorite place for camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities. This beautiful place is also a kind of definition in the minds of many Icelanders of what the Icelandic Highland is all about. The road to Þórsmörk from highway one, the Ring Road, is only about 30 kilometers. But although it is not a long drive, it is quite difficult since there are two to three rivers to pass; rivers that can be dangerous under certain circumstances. It is a road for good 4X4 only.

After the Eyjafjallajökull eruption

When building the Geothermal plant by the mountain Svartsengi on the Rykjanes Peninsula in the late seventies, a large lagoon appeared in the lava nearby. At first people noticed the small lake because of the beautiful blue color. At that time a young man in the nearby town of Keflavík, Valur Margeirsson, was fighting Psoriasis. Somehow he got the idea that the water in the lagoon could help his disease. Needless to say, people had their doubts. Among the most doubtful was the head physician at the dermatology department at the National Hospital who warned Mr.

The man who discovered the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

If you are up for a surprise when traveling, sometimes you can spot whales in some of the fjords. Last week we were traveling at Strandir, the east coast of West Fjords and saw these two whales playing in the fjord Steingrímsfjörður. Like many other travelers, we couldn't resist stopping and stepping out of the car with our telephoto lenses and binoculars. The size of these animals and the noise they make in the water when surfacing and breathing are always incredible.

Sometimes you can spot whales while driving in Iceland

This beautiful small canyon is in Bjarnarfjörður on the east coast of the West Fjords. It is only one of many that you can spot from the road while driving the road at Strandir, from Bjarnafjörður to Ingólfsfjörður. It is often interesting to stop and walk to a canyon you see from the road, and discover the real beauty of the landscape from a short distance. In this instance, we were able to walk to the bottom of the canyon which made our camera quite happy.

This beautiful small canyon is in Bjarnarfjörður

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