• On the second day of the eruption at Geldingadalir Mt. Fagradalsfjall
    The period from the initial indication that an eruption was likely at Reykjanes Peninsula up to the time the magma broke through to the surface, tells a fascinating story about volcanic eruptions in Iceland—how a possible eruption is spotted and how the information is communicated to the public. One can also find out how an eruption typically begins in this small volcanic island and observe the deep fascination Icelanders have for eruptions like this one in Geldingadalir. The long period of...
  • What does the word Geldingadalir mean?
    A volcanic eruption was recently recorded at the Geldingadalir valley, which is located at the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland. “Geldingadalir” is probably an odd-sounding word, that may be difficult for anyone other than Icelanders to memorize or pronounce. If an Icelander is tasked with translating the word into English to facilitate easier understanding by foreigners, they might find it slightly challenging, as the translation is not very straightforward. In fact, the word has more than one...
  • Map of hike to volcanic activity in Reykjanes Peninsula
    On the evening of March 19th, an eruption began on the Reykjanes Peninsula.  It was not a surprise as thousands of earthquakes had shaken that region for more than a year. An indication that an eruption could be expected.  As is common in Iceland, an eruption begins with a fissure on the surface, and glowing magma begins to float around the region. The fissure can extend for many kilometers, as it extended up to 27 kilometers in Skaftáreldar in 1783. In a matter of days, the magma starts to...
  • Iceland photo tour in highland
    Article and photos by Einar Páll Svavarsson, local photo and private guide I often come across articles by photographers or photo-bloggers listing the most exciting places to capture landscape photos. The articles usually list sites that are already popular among photographers and tourists alike. More often than not, every single place is miles away from other places on the list, in different regions, states, countries, or even continents. Of course, the places are, without exception, unique...
  • At a time when most streets and tourist attractions in Iceland were empty
    The Covid-19 situation in Iceland is much better than in many other countries. Over the past months, the whole process has been handled properly and professionally by our government, the Directorate of Health, and the Department of Civil Protection. The monitoring and response started as early as the beginning of the year. Our teams of healthcare and software scientists traced every infection from the first incident, at the end of February, and asked people to go into quarantine or isolation....
  • Kýlingar lake at Fjallabak in Iceland
    If you live in a city that is crowded with people and loaded with stressful moments from buses, cars, honking horns, whining sirens, people shouting, the highland of Iceland is a place to visit and experience. It is a place on the other side of the emotional scale of stress and anxiety. It is a place of relaxation, a place of quiet moments, a home of only a few birds that make beautiful sounds, and a place of stillness. A place that is free of predators and dangerous animals. If you want to...
  • This is Háifoss, the second-highest waterfall in Iceland, presenting its winter coat. In the winter, the waterfall is also a sculptor changing its appearance dramatically. Building icicles and extraordinary ice forms around its home for decoration only. Tomorrow I will show you a photo of the Háifoss waterfall from below in summer. A totally different viewpoint. A totally different waterfall. A totally different experience. So even one Natural Wonder, one waterfall, can convey a different...
  • Monument dedicated to honoring those on the B-24 when it crashed
    On May 2rd 1943 a B-24 Liberator bomber in the US Air Force, Hot Stuff, crashed into the mountain Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland.  It was one of many aircraft accidents in Iceland during WWII but an exceptionally tragic one.  All members of the plane were killed in the crash except one. The story of Hot Stuff is a remarkable one as the crew had completed 31 successful missions during the war and was the first to complete 25 missions.  As a reward, Hot Stuff was chosen to...
  • Kermóaafoss, the largest and most exciting waterfall in Elliðaárdalur
    There are probably few cities in the world that have a river running through its districts.  Let alone a river where people can go fishing and catch a salmon.  But in Reykjavík the capital of Iceland you will find a river running through a beautiful valley Elliðarárdalur. The river has its origin in the two square kilometer lake Elliðavatn.  The lake is quite shallow as most of it is only 1 meter in depth. The valley is a great place to take two to three hours to hike. Hiking the valley to...
  • Illugastaðir, a scene of a crime in the early nineteenth century. Photo by: ©MICHAEL LEVY - INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER
    Photo of Illugastaðir by ©MICHAEL LEVY - INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER Illugastaðir farm on the west shore of Vatnsnes Peninsula in the North Region in Iceland is probably best known among tourists for its seal colony.  It is an inseparable part of the Vatnsnes Peninsula scenic drive and a place you don't want to miss. At the farm, you can spend time in the seal watching hut and enjoy the excellent facilities provided to experience the daily life of seals and birds in their natural environment. ...

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