• The remote mountain Mælifell
    Mælifell is a beautifully shaped mountain placed on in the Highland in Iceland. It is in a middle of a large black sand area behind Mýrdalsjökull, the glacier that houses the sleeping and scary volcano Katla. The altitude of the sand is approximately 600 meters, and Mælifell is about 200 meters, a bit less than 800 meters above sea-line. But despite the fact that the mountain is in the cold highland it is covered with vegetation that makes it unique when standing in the middle of the black sand...
  • Is this the largest fireworks show on the planet?
    New years eve is a bit crazy in Iceland. Many decades ago Icelanders developed a tradition that has become a sensation. Everyone everywhere in the whole country byes fireworks and shoots them up at the same time, around midnight.  In Reykjavík, the whole sky lightens up thousands participate in every corner of the city.  The result is probably the largest fireworks show on planet earth that lasts about twenty to thirty minutes. This year we joined hundreds of Icelanders and tourists that gather...
  • Warm natural pool on a cold day in the Highland of Iceland
    Iceland has many natural geothermal pools, often located in a beautiful landscape.  Some of them are deep in the highland, not easily accessible and require a combination of driving and hiking. Others conveniently positioned near the main Ring Road and easy to find.  What they all have in common is the opportunity to dip into the hot or warm water outside in nature, in a natural pool, naked or in a swimming suit. Pools that have been around for as long as anyone can remember.  A warm water...
  • 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...

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