Northern Region

  • Another perfect pitstop when driving on ring-road 1 is Kolugljúfur.
    Another perfect pitstop when driving on ring-road 1 is Kolugljúfur. This powerful canyon is located deep in the valley Víðidalur in east Iceland. Falling down in to the beginning of the canyon is a wide waterfall called Kolufoss. From there on the water continues with a huge force down the canyon, creating muddy foam that adds to the scenery. Both the canyon and the waterfall are said to be named after the giant Kola. She lived close by and would choose this spot to hang out reaching all the...
  • Hrísey Island
    This is the view that awaits you when approaching the small island Hrísey in the ferry called Sævar. The island has been called the Pearl of Eyjafjörður which is located on the north coast of Iceland; only a 35 minutes drive from Akureyri. With a small population of about 170 people, Hrísey has many cute and colorful houses. The island is 7.67 square kilometers, and the residential are takes up a small portion of that, while the rest is fruitful vegetation along with a large range of bird...
  • Hvítserkur or white shirt as it is translated to English is 15 m high basalt rock situated near the eastern shore of Vatnsnes.
    Hvítserkur or white shirt as it is translated to English is 15 m high basalt rock situated near the eastern shore of Vatnsnes. It is home to many sea bird species and most likely its name derives from the white guano deposited on the rock. Before arriving to Hvítserkur there is a nice café to grab a coffee, from there you can either walk the rest in 30 minutes or drive up towards the view point. We definitely recommend a stop by Hvítserkur if driving in the north of Iceland. It is even more...
  • The seals at the Seal Colony at Vatnsnes in Iceland are, as are we, fascinated by the goose and the flock of young ones following her
    The seals at the Seal Colony at Vatnsnes in Iceland are, as are we, fascinated by the goose and the flock of young ones following her.  We wonder if it is a teacher or a mother? How many young ones does she have?  And we are looking at the seals.  Even if we try to read their mind, we have questions. Our best shot is that they are simply enjoying the view.  Finding pleasure in seeing the life of the young ones and her pride in her teaching as she swam back and forth. She has chosen to live in...
  • Suddenly and literally out of the blue, one of them suddenly breached.
    Húsavík is the whale watching capital of Iceland and possibly the world.  The whale watching companies running services out from Húsavík have a very high success rate at finding large animals and members of the whale family in the Skjálfandi Bay. Some of the companies have over twenty years of experience and are offering state of the art service in every way, like North Sailing, the one we choose. They have a variety of wonderful old oak fishing boats and schooners that have been modified to...
  • A couple hiking in the northern region in Iceland, coming from Héðinsfjörður hiking to Siglufjörður, had a major ordeal
    A couple hiking in the northern region in Iceland, coming from Héðinsfjörður hiking to Siglufjörður, had a major ordeal when they found themselves in a difficult spot.  The trouble began as they were passing through a very steep and high slope in the mountain on the other side of the village Siglufjörður, in the part called Nesskriður. The slope is extremely steep and considered almost impassable, which is the reason the couple ended in an impasse. They could not move up or down to their left...
  • Lake Mývatn in winter
    Only a few years ago during the winter moths not a single guest or a visitor was seen at Lake Mývatn. Although one of the busiest and most popular tourist attraction in Iceland during summer, the whole place shut down during winter.  People who came to visit Iceland and locals alike preferred the summer.  Who would have thought or predicted that only a few years later Lake Mývatn would be almost as busy during winter as it was during those summer moths? It is conveniently surprising to...
  • Photograping a waterfall in winter in Iceland
    Photographing a waterfall in winter can be a difficult task.  When you are at the location by the waterfall during winter, you must remember that everything is slippery. The drizzle from the waterfall drops to the ground as rain and forms layer of slippery ice.  You can never be too cautious in a situation like this.  A good idea is to have a slip-on-traction with ice spikes on your shoes.  This photo was taken by Goðafoss last weekend where many visitors and photographers alike visited the...
  • Opening of our new web page
    Today we officially open our new web page, hiticeland.com. It is a new approach conveying information about Iceland, Icelanders, our visitors, the capital Reykjavík, towns and villages, interesting places in our countryside, the Icelandic Sagas and folklore. We will also continue to write about all kinds of interesting things in our Notes and distribute them on social media. We hope you will enjoy our new web page and share this and our new web page with your friends.  
  • 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...

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