Reykjavík

  • Promising condition for viewing northern lights around Reykjavík tonight
    According to the Icelandic Met Office Northern Light forecast, there seem to be excellent conditions to see the Northern Lights tonight at the Reykjanes Peninsula area and around Reykjavík. Good news for those who traveled to Iceland in December to see the Aurora Borealis. The conditions seem promising around the Reykjanes Lighthouse from nine to midnight. It seems that both clear skies and the aurora level at five will reveal spectacular sights. But then again, the weather in Iceland is quite...
  • The most serious and dangerous storm warning in Iceland for decades
    Today the Icelandic Met Office issued one of the most serious warnings it has issued for decades. Winds that are about to hit Iceland are expected to be "violent" and reach to a level of a "hurricane force". Rescue forces are on alert, and the National Police has declared a state of uncertainty. The Police have also closed many parts of the Ring Road, and people are asked to stay in their houses. Although in Iceland and although in the winter, this kind of an alert is rare. So people, including...
  • Icicles are named after the notorious folklore troll Grýla in Iceland
    Icicles are named after the notorious folklore troll Grýla in Iceland In Iceland, the icicles are called the candles of Grýla. Grýla is a notorious troll and character from the Icelandic folklores. Although the mother of the gentle and colorful Yule Lads, she is quite ugly, terrifying and dangerous, at least for children. She has a reputation for finding disobedient children, put them in her shack and take them to her cave. She has a kind of a spell though that prevents her from taken children...
  • Klambratún Reykjavík
    A heavy snow hit Iceland and Reykjavík the last four days. Apparently, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office, it is the heaviest snowfall in Reykjavík since 1979. Tonight the snow continued to fall but the wind was calm here in the Hlíðar district in Reykjavík and despite all the warnings it turned into a beautiful night. The small park Klabratún was delightful to visit with a camera and more than worth it. The snow didn’t fall off the trees and gave the whole experience a very...
  • The Northern Lights above Esja
    The 'Northern Lights', or Aurora Borealis appear on regular bases in Iceland.  Although this magnificent phenomenon in the sky can bee seen in Reykjavík, it is always better to go outside the city.  To a dark place where city lights don’t disturb the experience. It is also interesting to travel to a beautiful place like Þingvellir or Jökulsárlón to enhance the experience if you want to spend more time on the experience.  Sometimes the Northern Lights can turn on an incredible show with powerful...
  • 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.  
  • Iceland Airwaves music festival
    The annual music festival Iceland Airwaves has just finished. It is one of the most interesting events in the country every year, if not the most interesting. The festival is at the beginning of November and starts on a Wednesday and runs through Sunday.  The main purpose of the festival is to introduce new music, both new Icelandic music and new music from other countries.  During the event, Reykjavík shines with joyful activities as all kinds of bands perform their gigs in café’s, restaurants...
  • More like a small town rather than a city?
    Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland, is more like a small town rather than a city, measured by population. Or even measured by many other indicators for towns and cities. The population is similar to a small town in the US or Europe. But on the scale of activity it is more like a large city. Reykjavík is floating with all kinds of cultural activities all year round. It is a city of music, art, restaurants, shopping, festivals, conferences and many other interesting activities all year round. It...
  • Esja is the mountain of Reykjavík
    If you are staying in Reykjavík while in Iceland on a tour or a visit and you, are looking for something to do in Reykjavík or feel like hiking take a look at our mountain Esja. Esja is the mountain of Reykjavík, the capital. It is almost inseparable from the city and the city's identity as it stands in front of us every day of the year. It never looks the same, shaped by the weather, light and darkness. It has even been a major political issue in city politics at one point because some...
  • A warm day in Iceland is colder than in other countries
    A pleasant sunny day doesn’t exactly mean the same in Iceland as in most other countries. Most importantly, it only requires a reasonably clear sky and the temperature to reach 10 to 12 degrees Celsius to define a beautiful sunny day. Everything warmer is just fantastic. On such a day Reykjavík shines, and people find their way to the center to enjoy a brunch or a glass of wine at a nice restaurant, preferably dining outside. Also, there are often many exciting events in art and music that one...

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