Reykjanes

  • Most roads are relatively easy to drive although caution is required and slow driving recommended
    If you are trying to figure out how to plan an exciting vacation, Iceland should be on your list. It has many interesting places to visit. But although there are many reasons you should visit Iceland, the country that many think of as exotic, you should plan before you take a decision.  And you should seriously consider one or two of the many road trips you can drive to enjoy the various natural wonders. You should include charming towns and villages as well as interesting places in the...
  • Djúpavatn, less than an hours drive from Reykjavík
    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 wonderful places is 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 hiking...
  • 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.  
  • 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...
  • The color spectrum in the landscape in Iceland
    The color spectrum in the landscape in Iceland is something that fascinates people traveling around the country. Most of the times the landscape is green and bright, sometimes black and dull, and sometimes is loaded with colors. In the hot spring areas like Seltún, less than an hour from Reykjavík the landscape is almost strange. Part of the landscape is like a colorful foreign object buried in the green fields with smoke and boiling clay. We must admit, it is a fascinating sight and an...
  • The man who discovered the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
    When building the Geothermal plant by the mountain Svartsengi on the Rykjanes Peninsula in the late seventies, a large lagoon appeared in the lava nearby. At first people noticed the small lake because of the beautiful blue color. At that time a young man in the nearby town of Keflavík, Valur Margeirsson, was fighting Psoriasis. Somehow he got the idea that the water in the lagoon could help his disease. Needless to say, people had their doubts. Among the most doubtful was the head physician at...
  • For decades, thousands of American military personnel lived on a military base
    Reykjanesbær emerged as a town a few years ago, when two towns and rivals merged into one, Narðvík and Keflavík. For decades, thousands of American military personnel lived on a military base by Keflavík that the United States Army built during WWII. A naval base for Iceland’s defense and to secure the northern Atlantic route. The Army also built an airfield, which later became Iceland’s international airport. The military base was in operation until September 2006. During that time, thousands...