• The snow on pavements tends to form an ice surface.
    The snow came early this winter in Reykjavík and a lot of it.  Although the snow can turn out as a beautiful blanket over the city on a calm day, it also causes some major problems.  It’s not exactly when it arrives; that causes the problem, it's more the unwillingness to go away. This early snow came with the slippery pavements that are the worst scenario possible. When a huge amount of snow is followed by a short period of warmer weather and some rain, the snow on pavements tends to form an...
  • 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...
  • Promising condition for viewing northern lights around Reykjavík tonight
    According to the Icelandic Met Office Northern Light forecast, there seem to be excellent conditions to see the Northern Lights tonight at the Reykjanes Peninsula area and around Reykjavík. Good news for those who traveled to Iceland in December to see the Aurora Borealis. The conditions seem promising around the Reykjanes Lighthouse from nine to midnight. It seems that both clear skies and the aurora level at five will reveal spectacular sights. But then again, the weather in Iceland is quite...
  • The most serious and dangerous storm warning in Iceland for decades
    Today the Icelandic Met Office issued one of the most serious warnings it has issued for decades. Winds that are about to hit Iceland are expected to be "violent" and reach to a level of a "hurricane force". Rescue forces are on alert, and the National Police has declared a state of uncertainty. The Police have also closed many parts of the Ring Road, and people are asked to stay in their houses. Although in Iceland and although in the winter, this kind of an alert is rare. So people, including...
  • Icicles are named after the notorious folklore troll Grýla in Iceland
    Icicles are named after the notorious folklore troll Grýla in Iceland In Iceland, the icicles are called the candles of Grýla. Grýla is a notorious troll and character from the Icelandic folklores. Although the mother of the gentle and colorful Yule Lads, she is quite ugly, terrifying and dangerous, at least for children. She has a reputation for finding disobedient children, put them in her shack and take them to her cave. She has a kind of a spell though that prevents her from taken children...
  • Klambratún Reykjavík
    A heavy snow hit Iceland and Reykjavík the last four days. Apparently, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office, it is the heaviest snowfall in Reykjavík since 1979. Tonight the snow continued to fall but the wind was calm here in the Hlíðar district in Reykjavík and despite all the warnings it turned into a beautiful night. The small park Klabratún was delightful to visit with a camera and more than worth it. The snow didn’t fall off the trees and gave the whole experience a very...
  • 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...
  • Djúpavatn, less than an hours drive from Reykjavík
    Reykjanes peninsula has many interesting places and several natural wonders. In fact, one could easily spend a few days in Iceland and only visit interesting places on the Reykjanes peninsula. One of those wonderful places is Djúpavatn, less than an hours drive from Reykjavík. It is a bit difficult to visit since the road is a kind of a Highland gravel road for 4X4 vehicles only. But that makes visiting the place just a bit more exciting and adventures. There are also a few interesting hiking...
  • The Northern Lights above Esja
    The 'Northern Lights', or Aurora Borealis appear on regular bases in Iceland.  Although this magnificent phenomenon in the sky can bee seen in Reykjavík, it is always better to go outside the city.  To a dark place where city lights don’t disturb the experience. It is also interesting to travel to a beautiful place like Þingvellir or Jökulsárlón to enhance the experience if you want to spend more time on the experience.  Sometimes the Northern Lights can turn on an incredible show with powerful...
  • 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.  

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