Countryside

  • Only one island, Flatey, is still inhabited.
    Breiðafjörður to the west of Iceland is adorned with islands and islets, skerries and pillars. A few of them have been inhabited throughout the centuries and even today some of them are being utilized as farmland and nesting sites for eider ducks. Only one island, Flatey, is still inhabited. It has between five and ten permanent inhabitants, but during summer population increases considerably.  In 1942 Flatey (The Flat Island) carried 120 inhabitants going about their daily lives, farming and...
  • Flateyjardalur
    Flateyrardalur valley is so remote and out of they way, it is inconceivable to imagine what it is like to live there. Still, it was inhabited until 1953. The valley derives its name from the island Flatey, which lies just offshore in the Skjálfandaflói bay. The valley stretches from the northern part of Fnjóskárdalur valley, all the way to the arctic sea in the north. Even in summer it is only accessible by a 4WD along a marshland track at 220 meters high. Still, those who haven't been able to...
  • Flögufoss is easily accessible and only a few minutes drive from the main road one on the Icelandic Ring Road in Breiðdalur to a parking lot.
    Flögufoss is an impressive waterfall in the valley Breiðdalur in eastern Iceland.  It is a fairly high waterfall, around 60 meters, and located in beautiful surroundings with geology speaking out loud from every angle. In the midst of the geologically fascinating valley Breiðdalur.  Near the top of the waterfall, there is another small waterfall falling on a terrace and from that terrace the waterfall runs through a small stone arch all the way down to the bottom of the cliff.  Interestingly...
  • At Flókalundur you will also find some wonderful short hiking trails and walk by the river Penna
    Located in the heart of Vatnsfjörður fjord one of the most beautiful small fjords in the southern coast of the Westfjords, Flókalundur is a joy to visit and also a service center for tourists.  The landscape is beautiful as well as the view out to the ocean and the Breiðafjörður bay.  At Flókalundur you will find a restaurant, a good camping site, and accommodation.  It is a great place to stop if you are driving the Westfjords, both for a scenic stop and if you want to stay overnight.  It is...
  • Foss á Síðu
      Foss á Síðu (Waterfall at Síða) is a farm right on the Ring Road in Iceland in the Southern Region approximately 10 kilometers east of the small village Kirkjubæjarklaustr. It is noticeable because of its spectacular surroundings and the small waterfall falling from the beautiful cliffs lightly covered with moss vegetation. A work of art with nature's hand. Foss is mentioned in the Book of Settlement The farm is mentioned in the Book of Settlement and has thus been here since Iceland times...
  • In the middle of nowhere as it seems, you will find this refreshing oasis, Fossabrekkur.
      In some unexpected places in Iceland, you can find a small spot that sticks out, even a small oasis.  One of these locations is Fossabrekkur near the turn to Fjallabaksleið Nyrðri and Dómadalsleið Highland road where two small rivers meet by the source of the river Rangá.  It is located at the root of the volcano Hekla not far from the waterfalls Tröllkonuhlaup.  The area is a vast spread of sand and volcanic ash with some creeks and rivers.  In the middle of nowhere as it seems, you will...
  • Fossálar waterfall/river
    When you are driving the roads in Iceland, you can't avoid the feeling that you are on a long scenic drive journey. Sometimes on a road trip in almost any region, it feels like you are in a landscape painting.  It doesn't matter whether you are on the Ring Road or any other road in the countryside. On a bright and sunny summer day, the landscape seems to call out for attention everywhere. Mountains, waterfalls, rivers, glaciers, volcanos, fascinating animals and beautiful small villages with...
  • There is actually nothing to see on the top so don’t fall into the trap of rushing to the path that leads to another path on top.
    Basalt column (sometimes referred to as Columnar Jointing) is one of those marvels of nature that makes you stop and wonder.  Most of the time you are stunned by the mere sight.  It usually makes you wonder if mother nature is the author of this formation of hexagonal shaped stacks and pillars. Often the regularity of the structure is nothing less than unbelievable. At Gerðuberg cliffs soon after you start your drive at the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in Iceland you find one of the most impressive...
  • Strokkur hot spring in Haukadalur
    The Geysir hot spring is part of the geothermal field in Haukadalur valley in South Iceland, quite close to the entrance to the Kjalvegur road leading to the Highland. It has been active for 10.000 years, although the earliest accounts of hot springs in Haukadalur only date back to 1294.  Geysir is a capricious hot spring, sometimes active, sometimes not.  Its earliest mention was due to significant changes in the area's landscape following a mighty earthquake. Ever since seismic activities...
  • Gjain is a beautiful place to visit but only from the beginning of June until the beginning of October
    At the edge of the Icelandic Highlands at the uppermost part of Þjórsárdalur valley, you will find one of the most beautiful small oasis in Iceland. There are actually many places you label as an oasis in Iceland and Gjáin is most definitely on of the most beautiful. One of the fascinating factors is the size.  Gjáin is a tiny valley with small picturesque waterfalls, clear, tranquil ponds and amazing delicate volcanic structures it is like a sample of the Icelandic nature. For visitors, it is...

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