Countryside

  • Dimmuborgir is a magical place to visit and walk the tracks
    Dimmuborgir (The Dark Castles) is considered by most natives to be the single most impressive place in Iceland. Located by Lake Mývatn in North Iceland, it is a lava field displaying the most unusual rock formations and caves. It is dramatic, to say the least. Icelandic folklore maintains Dimmuborgir is where earth connects with Hell. In Nordic Christian lore, it is also said to be the place where Satan plummeted when he was cast from Heaven, and later created the Catacombs of Hell. The lava...
  • This strange black sand cove on the south coast of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is curiously close to the Icelandic heart. It is covered with black pearly pebbles, constantly being brought in by the ocean waves.
    Djúpalónssandur or Deeplagoonsand is a fascinating place for many reasons. The name is traced back to some of the first settlers in Iceland some twelve hundred years ago.  It was the landing place of Bárður Snæfellsás and his family and crew.  It is also a place where farmers and people at Snæfellsne Peninsula used as a fishing station for centuries.  And last but not least it is a beautiful place with stunning landforms. The pebble beach, small lakes, and stunning lava formation When you...
  • Djúpavatn a beautiful and tranquil lake is located on the Reykjanes Peninsula
      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 beautiful places is Lake 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...
  • Drangey
      When driving in Skagafjörður fjord in the North Region in Iceland can't help but be impressed by a huge rock or an island towering majestically in the middle of the fjord. The rock is visible from the Ring Road as you approach Vamahlíð coming from the mountain pass Vatnsskarð between Húnavatnssýsla and Skagafjörður.  Geologically the island, Drangey, is a remnant of a seven hundred years old volcano and mostly made of volcanic tuff. Of course, to the Icelanders this geological explanation of...
  • It is quite curious that the rugged Westfjords Peninsula only has one tiny glacier, Drangajökull.
    It is quite curious that the rugged Westfjords Peninsula only has one tiny glacier, Drangajökull. The Peninsula is next to Greenland and practically crosses the Arctic Circle. Large areas are not habitable due to unfavorable climate and poor land quality. You would think this was the ideal setting for Nature to place an impressive glacier. Drangajökull is the northernmost glacier in Iceland. It covers an area of 160- 200 km2, making it the fifth largest in Iceland. But, it is the only glacier...
  • For centuries, Dritvík was the largest fishing station in Iceland with up to 60 fishing boats at any given time and 400 inhabitants
      If you feel the need for dramatics while traveling in Iceland, Dritvík on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is the place to go. A place with beautiful landscape and rich history.  Today it is difficult to imagine that Dritvík was one of the largest fishing station in Iceland for centuries with up to 60 fishing boats, dozens of huts and full of life. From the middle of the 16th century up to 400 inhabitants lived here during the fishing season and this continued until the early 20th century. At that...
  • One of the most stunning rock formations in Iceland is Dverghamrar (The Dwarf Cliffs), some 10 km east of the Kirkjubæjarklaustur village.
      Sometimes the Icelander find it mind-boggling to figure out how their nature and landscape ended up the way it did. Sometimes totally chaotic and menacing, and then sometimes beautifully carved and mesmerizing. Icelandic folklore will, of course, provide you with excellent explanations concocted throughout the ages; tales of trolls, giants, and elves, as well as, the hidden people and the dwarfs. Dverghamrar one of many basalt column formations One of the most stunning rock formations in...
  • Dynjandi waterfall in the Westfjords in Iceland
      Dynjandi is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland and the largest waterfall in the Westfjords. It is an importand part of the Westfjord scenic drive and one of the main natural wonders in the region. The waterfall consists of seven waterfalls that each has its name and identity. Dynjandi is more than just a waterfall; it is a feast of waterfalls and one of the most beautiful constructions by mother nature that you will ever see.  The source of the waterfall traces its origin to...
  • Dyrholaey is the southern most part of Iceland
      Dyrahólaey is a naturally formed arch just offshore near the tiny village of Vík on the south shore in Iceland. The 120 m high basalt rock is a former volcanic island that has been carved and shaped by the raging Atlantic Ocean since the Ice Age. The hole in the middle is big enough for fishing vessels to sail through, not recommended though as you never know how the tide is going to behave. Remarkably, in 1995 two adventurers did a stunt flight in a small aircraft through the whole and lived...
  • Leif the Lucky who was born at Eiríksstaðir
    Eiríksstaðir is a farm and a museum in the West Region in Iceland.  Placed in this historically rich region it is the place where the Viking Erik the Red lived during his troublesome early adult life.  Eric is a famous person in the Icelandic Sagas because of his lethal disputes with his neighbors and also because of his migration to Greenland after being outlawed in Iceland.  Eric is also credited for being the person that discovered Greenland and gave the land its name. But not the least is...

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