The geothermal development in Iceland in recent decades has many advantages apart from heating houses. One great advantage is the fact that there is a swimming pool in almost every small town and village around the coastline. Most of them heated with hot water from the ground. In the tiny village Drangsnes on the east coast of the West Fjords, the residents took the concept a bit further in a delightful way. They built three Hot Tubs by the main road through the village for anyone, visitors and inhabitants, to dip into for relaxation and enjoyment.

Advantages of geothermal heating

The Highland in Iceland is open for traveling two to three moths a year. It usually opens late in June and closes in September or the beginning of October. In June, the opening depends on the disappearance of the snow and how quick the roads get dry. In October, the closing is related to the snow and marks the beginning of a long winter period in the Highland. Even though it's open for a few weeks, it is worth exploring. If you are interested in driving through the Highland in Iceland, the safest time is from late July through the middle of September.

The Highland is open for traveling two to three moths a year

There are many places in the Highland of Iceland that are interesting and fascinating. We took this photo at Kverkfjöll near the northern edge of the glacier Vatnajokull a few years back. It is not the typical beautiful photogenic landscape with beautiful colors, but it is unique and unusual. Black sands as far as the eye can see, with a tiny space of grass to camp. Nearby is an ice cave in the glacier, and only some kilometers away we can find a new lava from the eruption last winter. This might be one of the reasons many describe Iceland as exotic.

Places in the Highland of Iceland that are interesting

The charming thing about small towns and villages in Iceland are the old houses. Some of them trace their history back to the 18th century and even farther back. Often the history of old houses is quite fascinating, as well as the history of the village. In recent years many owners of old houses from the 18th and the 19th century, have renovated their houses. Some of the houses have a new role as small museums, guesthouses or hotels. In Eyrarbakki, about an hours drive from Reykjavík, there are many excellent houses.

Small towns and villages in Iceland

One of the most remarkable experiences when hiking in the Highland, or any remote area in Iceland, is the time when nature takes over. If the weather is fair, you will have excellent visibility over mountains, valleys, rivers, small lakes and other beautiful things. Things that appear on the wide horizon and you start experiencing an incredible feeling of peace and relaxation. If you prepare correctly with proper clothing, shoes, gear, knowledge of the terrain, a good GPS; you can hike in many places around the country. There are great tracks almost everywhere in Iceland.

When hiking in the Highland

During an eruption, the lava that floods to the surface can take on many forms. The lava also changes in the years, decades and centuries that follow. In Iceland, lava from various eruptions around the country throughout the geological history is visible almost everywhere. Most of the lava today is covered with moss. This company between lava and moss can form a beautiful combination as we can so easily see in Skælingar. For photographers, it is also interesting to know that there is quite a difference in the moss color after a dry week and a rainy week.

Skælingar in Iceland is a fascinating place to see lava

If given the task of finding one word that describes the weather in Iceland, it would be: Unpredictable. This conclusion applies to all seasons and all locations. The weather can change quickly from a beautiful day to a cold day quite suddenly. It is also more than possible to drive two to three hundred kilometers on the Ring Road and experience many weather samples. On a summer day, you can experience a sunny day, a windy day, a rainy day or even sometimes unexpectedly, a winter day. So the best rule is to be prepared for the cold, the rain and the wind on any day.

Unpredictable is the word that best describes the weather

Iceland is a fortunate country loaded with fascinating natural sources. Maybe not oil, diamonds, gold or valuable minerals, but almost endless resources of water. There is cold water, clean water, rivers and lakes. There are also vast underground fresh water streams that float out to the ocean every hour of the day. Iceland also has warm water and boiling water in the ground that we use to heat our homes. Water is everywhere and probably the most valuable resources that we have. A report was put to gather on our water supplies a few years back.

A country loaded with fascinating natural sources

Reykhólar is a tiny village at the entrance to the West Fjords. Although almost hidden and rarely mentioned anywhere today, Reykhólar is an interesting place from a historical viewpoint and has quite a unique place in Iceland’s history. For centuries, the farm Reykhólar was considered one of the most valuable estates in the country. Not only because it was an excellent farmland, but also because it owned hundreds of islands in the large fjord, Breiðafjörður, islands that included many perquisites.

Reykhólar is a tiny village in the West Fjords

A pleasant sunny day doesn’t exactly mean the same in Iceland as in most other countries. Most importantly, it only requires a reasonably clear sky and the temperature to reach 10 to 12 degrees Celsius to define a beautiful sunny day. Everything warmer is just fantastic. On such a day Reykjavík shines, and people find their way to the center to enjoy a brunch or a glass of wine at a nice restaurant, preferably dining outside. Also, there are often many exciting events in art and music that one can find somewhere in the center on such a day.

A warm day in Iceland is colder than in other countries