• It is a fantastic natural wonder that no one visiting Iceland should miss, even though the area looks overcrowded.
    The world famous hot spring Geysir in Iceland is a tired old geyser that only lives on old fame and doesn’t erupt anymore. Eruption in Geysir stopped many years ago and even at the end Geysir only erupted with additional help. One of the methods for starting an eruption in Geysir in the eighties and nineties was to fill it with soft soap. A huge amount of soft soap piled into the hot spring worked like a good dose of Viagra. A method sometimes applied when distinctive guests visited Iceland or...
  • Þjófafoss, a waterfall that has been tamed
    There are so many waterfalls in Iceland that you could easily travel the whole country for a summer and only photograph waterfalls. You would never run out of motives as you can always find one more waterfall. Some of the waterfalls are well known and advertised. One of them is Þjófafoss or the "waterfall of thieves". Allegedly the waterfall got its name from the judiciary system in old Iceland, as thieves were thrown into the waterfall to finish their sentence. The waterfall is in the river...
  • There was another smaller eruption in the same volcano
    A few weeks before the famous eruption at Eyjafjallajokull that upset the bigger part of the aviation industry and most world travelers for a few days, there was another smaller eruption in the same volcano. When there is a significant natural disaster in Iceland, many Icelanders find it interesting and almost necessary to face the core of the event in the eye. There is a kind of peculiar urge that many Icelanders sense in times of natural disaster to approach the catastrophe instead, like most...
  • A comfortable bed on the top of Eyjafjallajokkull glacier
    A few years ago we drove up to the top of Eyjafjallajokull in our super 4X4 vehicle with 38" tires. A vehicle specially modified to operate on a glacier and drive over deep snow. At that time, Eyjafjallajokull was just another glacier with all kinds of crevasses, cracks, deep snow, ice and weather-beaten rocks with unique snow formations. It looked kind of nice to take a nap on an ice shelf on one of the rocks. Little did we know that just under the ice surface lurked a mass of floating lava at...
  • The most interesting Highland road in Iceland
    The mountain road, Syðri Fjallabak, is the most interesting Highland road in Iceland. It is probably number one on our list of must places to visit in Iceland. Like most of the Highland roads, it is only open from middle of July until the end of September. The road has approximately six entrances and, therefore, six exits, if you choose to travel in a well equipped 4X4 vehicle. Part of the popular hiking trail Laugarvegur goes through part of Syðri Fjallabak. The whole area is a bit isolated,...
  • Llooks like a house that belongs to an elf family
    In a ravine in Skaftafell Iceland leading up to the beautiful waterfall, Svartifoss, is this small house. It looks like a house that belongs to an elf family although the electric post and the connection to the house indicate that it is of earthly nature. To our knowledge, no one lives in the house. Icelanders have many tales and folklores about elves, trolls, ghosts, monsters and all kinds of strange creatures. Some of those creatures are kind and good natured while others are unkind and even...
  • Moments in the highlands are magical
    There are moments in the highlands that are nothing less than magical. A calm evening by a small lake when the sunset slowly kicks in, and not a sound is left in the world except pleasant songs of birds. The evening sun casts its pink color over the landscape, and everything is reflected in the small lake. The red mountain, the moss and all the vegetation take on a new role, and it never gets dark since it is July, and the sun refuses to dive under the horizon. It demands to stay with you and...
  • There are two lighthouses in the small village Garður
    There are two lighthouses in the small village Garður placed on the south-west tip of the Reykjanes Peninsula. The older lighthouse was built in 1897. The newer one was constructed in 1944. For many decades, the lighthouses have ben a popular spot to visit and to photograph; both among Icelanders and in recent years a popular tourist attraction. It has become one of many spots in the country that is constantly being viewed and photographed. The area around the lighthouses is also a popular spot...
  • Gunnuhver in the Reykjanes peninsula
    Gunnuhver in the Reykjanes peninsula, not far from the International airport in Iceland was once a pretty little hot spring. A few months ago Gunnuhver started to change its mood and became a bit angry and aggressive. The hot spring became louder and started to expand to a larger area. In a few days, Gunnuhver had consumed part of the platform intended for viewing its beauty and started to splash hot clay and boiling dirty drizzle all over the place. Although a bit calm these days, the former...
  • Astronauts training to for the Moon landing
    In 1965 and 1967 astronauts training to for the Moon landing came to Iceland. One of the reasons was the landscape; the black sand and the lava. The formation of the landscape is different from most parts of the world since Iceland has tons of ash, lava, and black sands. It is a distinctive feature of the landscape. And the people training the astronauts probably felt that they could familiarize them with the landscape on the Moon by letting them walk in their moon boots and full gear here in...

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