• 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...
  • Iceland has never had access to woodland
    Iceland doesn’t have any forest and has probably never had access to woodland for building material. So building material was limited and even difficult to transport from other countries throughout our history, even in recent centuries. But this remote island out in the Atlantic Ocean was not completely without access to wood. The main source of wood was driftwood. The driftwood added additional value to the farms so fortunate to grab this welcomed commodity after a three to the five-year...
  • Bolungarvík in the West Fjords
    The small town of Bolungarvík in the West Fjords in one of the places mentioned in Icelandic Book of Settlement. The story from the book is both interesting and unusual. It was a woman, Þuríður sundafyllir, not a man, that settled in Bolungarvík around one thousand years ago. From that time up to the second half of the nineteenth century, most of the inhabitants lived on farms in the two valleys so beautifully placed between the three mountains that are so characteristic for Bolungarvík....
  • Many places in Iceland have an interesting history
    There are many places in Iceland that have an interesting history and are also floating with stories that go back hundreds of centuries. Places that had a bigger role in the past, than they have today. One such place is Ingjaldshóll and the church at Ingjaldshóll. Around the 14th century up until the 18th century this was one of the largest churches in Iceland. Service was provided to a large population and a large area compared to many other churches, at that time. The new church was built in...
  • Traveling through the Southern Fjallabak
    This photo was taken a few weeks ago, not far away from the source of the river Markarfljót. The river has an important role in the most popular Icelandic Sagas, Njala. It is one of the unabridged rivers you must drive your vehicle into and over when traveling through the Southern Fjallabak. The whole area is simply fantastic with colorful mountains, small glacier tops, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, creeks, canyons, great stories, sad stories and magnificent hiking trails. It is an area worth...
  • The waterfall Hjállparfoss
    The waterfall Hjállparfoss (Help waterfall) in Þjórsárdalur is in a group of maybe 20 waterfalls in Iceland that people like to visit and photograph; and not without a reason. It is stunning placed in a beautiful surroundings. As we see in the photo the beauty of the waterfall can be magnified by colors of autumn and a thin layer of snow. The name is odd since waterfalls seldom help, except maybe when sacrificed and drowned in hydroelectric reservoirs to produce electricity. In the past when...
  • Swimming pools are all over the place
    One of the more important facilities that Icelanders had in place when tourism started to grow a few years ago were swimming pools. There are swimming pools in almost every town and village around the coastline. Some of the swimming pools are quite old. Others are fairly new and modern. So if you’re traveling in Iceland, you can be sure that you will find a good swimming pool in all the main regions. The Hit Iceland team has been to almost all swimming pools in the country since we travel...
  • Eldgjá is at the eastern entrance of Nyrðri Fjallabak
    Eldgjá, is a canyon, at the eastern entrance to the Highland road Nyrðri Fjallabak. The canyon stretches 60 kilometers from Vatnajökull to the volcano Katla. It is a geological phenomenon, formed at the middle of the tenth century in an enormous eruption that lasted for many years; about the same time the first settlers came to in Iceland. The Canyon also has a few natural wonders like the beautiful waterfall, Ófærufoss (the impassable waterfall). Eldgjá is also one of the most popular tourist...

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