• Iceland Airwaves music festival
    The annual music festival Iceland Airwaves has just finished. It is one of the most interesting events in the country every year, if not the most interesting. The festival is at the beginning of November and starts on a Wednesday and runs through Sunday.  The main purpose of the festival is to introduce new music, both new Icelandic music and new music from other countries.  During the event, Reykjavík shines with joyful activities as all kinds of bands perform their gigs in café’s, restaurants...
  • The Northern Lights - Aurora Borealis
    As the nights in Iceland grow longer and the days shorter opportunities for seeing and photographing the northern lights, Aurora Borealis, increases. In Iceland, the northern lights are quite common for most people almost anywhere in the country. The northern lights show in the sky is sometimes labeled as something you must see at least once in your lifetime. No wonder as it can be somewhat spectacular. Some of the greatest shows that the sky performs with the northern lights occur during the...
  • Spectacular nature meets captivating folklore
    Torfafhlaup is a fascinating place where spectacular nature meets captivating folklore.  Deep in the Icelandic Highland you will find this captivating canyon, Torfahlaup; named after a young man named Torfi.  He had fallen in love with a daughter of a wealthy farmer that also was his master.  Because of her father's disapproval of the relationship they had to flee to the Highland. A household manager on the farm followed them to the mountains.  Near the canyon their horses, Blési and Faxi,...
  • Is Iceland a paradise for landscape photograpers?
    Is there anything that can specifically support the claim that Iceland is a paradise for landscape photographers?   One reason that is often pointed out is the diversity and the amount of motives and places packed on a relatively small island. Mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, glaciers, lava, shoreline, magnificent lowland and exotic Highland enhanced with a few eruptions now and then plus the northern lights. Another thing that is important is the location on planet earth.  Since being so...
  • Hiking in Reykjadalur has its obvious advantage
    Reykjadalur (Smoke Valley), just north of the town of Hveragerði is possibly Iceland's most popular hiking area. The hike to Ölkelda is approximately 3 km long. Along the way, you'll be able to observe gurgling mud pots and super-heated natural pools of water close up. Hiking this extraordinary valley is very pleasant, indeed. It is also quite easy, with only modestly rocky areas. Upon reaching the end of the trail, at Ölkelda you are in for a treat. There, cradled in the bosom of colorful...
  • The Icelandic landscape in the Highland
    The wide view with a faraway horizon and no trees or a forest is something many visitors and Icelanders like about the Icelandic landscape in the Highland. You can take photos with many kilometers of depth loaded with mountains, rivers, cliffs, valleys, and ravines or canyons. Even in late summer the snow hasn’t had a chance to melt. And you stand there, and the silence calms your mood, and the whole atmosphere is more relaxing than any tranquilizer. It is here, in the Highland of Iceland, that...
  • tourists in Iceland choose to rent a car
    Increasing numbers of tourists in Iceland choose to rent a car, or bring their vehicle, and drive to interesting places and destinations, or even around the coastline on the Ring Road. This is both possible and convenient for some reasons. One main reason is the fact that along the coastlines are many towns and villages with all kinds of services; accommodation, cafés, restaurants, small convenient stores, camping areas, gas stations and possibly a museum or two. There are around fifty towns...
  • A scene of a double murder crime at the end of the 18th century
    Rauðisandur is a wonderful place in the West Fjords with many qualities that we love to experience on our travel.  Although it takes only a few hours to drive from Reykjavík today, a few decades ago it was a very isolated place. Even truer at the end of the 18th century when Rauðisandur, and the small farm Sjöundá, was the scene of a double murder crime and a famous trial. The whole drama was described it one of the best novels by an Icelandic writer, Svartfugl, by Gunnar Gunnarsson.  A novel...
  • The weather can make or break a day
    Of all the factors that define Iceland, the weather is probably the most important one. The weather can make or break a day, and it can make your day shine, and it can also ruin a day. So when you wake up somewhere along the coastline and the fjord is flat as a mirror, and someone has started fishing, you are in luck. At least if you are a photographer; your effort of waking up at an early hour is paying off.
  • The Giantess that didn't want to wet her feet
    Tröllkonuhlaup, The Giantess Run, is an interesting waterfall in the river Þjórsá. It is a good example of how names in Icelandic nature and Icelandic landscape originated in folklore stories. The story goes, that some ages ago a giantess lived in the mountain Búrfell by the river Þjórsá and her sister lived in Bjólfell on the other side of the river. Apparently the sisters were very good friends and visited each other quite often. The sister at Búrfell was tired getting her feet wet when...

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