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Place of the week - Dverghamrar South Iceland

Dverghamrar (Dwarf Cliff) are peculiar twin columnar basalt cliffs forming a horseshoe shape, just east of the farm Foss down from the Ring Road, 55 km west from Skaftafell.

The Dverghamrar landscape was formed by wave action when the sea level was higher at the end of the Ice Age. Such columns are often found where lava has flowed into water and been abruptly cooled.

The cliffs are a protected natural site.

Place of the week - Húsafell West Iceland

Húsafell, West Iceland is a unique natural gem in a magnificent landscape. Húsafell nature is characterized by dense woods, lava formations, crystal-clear mountain springs, hot water, magnificent ravines, glaciers and rushing glacial rivers.

Guests can enjoy outdoor geothermal swimming pool, hot tubs,9 hole golf course, various outdoor activitys and hiking trails in the area.

A new luxury hotel, Hótel Húsafell just opened. The hotel is built in harmony with mother nature (photo). From the restaurant guests can enjoy stunning views over the marvellous mountain panorama in Húsafell. The hotel is beautifully decorated with paintings by Húsafell´s own world-renowed artist, Páll Guðmundsson.

Húsafell is only 12o km from Reykjavík, by road 518 West Iceland.

Place of the week - Svartifoss Waterfall near Vatnajökull

Svartifoss (Black Fall) is a waterfall in Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park, and is one of the most popular sights in the park. It is surrounded by dark lava columns, which gave rise to its name.

These basalt columns have provided inspiration for Icelandic architects, most visibly in the Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík, and also the National Theatre.

The Svartifoss waterfall is about 1.5km from the visitor centre at Skaftafell.

Place of the week - Hornbjarg Cliff Westfjords

Hornbjarg is a sheer cliff with one of the greatest seafowl habitats in the country. On the photo The captain of the Cruiseship Ocean Diamond is pointing at Hornbjarg.

Hornbjarg is home to two massively spectacular bird cliffs which guard the entrance to the creek from each side, Hornvík ans Látravík. Hornbjarg is the larger and more extreme shaped of the two cliffs and standing on it gives you an unrivalled "edge of the world" experience.

Hornbjargsviti Lighthouse is located in Látravík Cove. The lighthouse building now serves as an accommodation for hikers, as the reserve is very popular for hiking trips.

Hiking is the only way to explore the land of the reserve, as there are no roads in this completely pristine area.

Place of the week - Flatey Island in Skjálfandi

Flatey is an abandoned island on the edge of Skjálfandi Bay, only 14,7 nautical miles NW from Húsavík, North Iceland.

Once there was a lively village with a church, a schoolhouse, and a lighthouse with 120 inhabitants in 1943, but uninhabited since 1967.

Residents slowly left once electricity began to arrive on the mainland, but to this day, many people have summer houses there.

The old church was replaced by a new one in 1961. The new church was the church of Brettingsstaðir in Flateyjardalur valley, which was taken apart and moved out to Flatey.

Flatey Island is an interesting place to visit for further information contact

Place of the week - Selá swimming pool

The Selá swimming pool East Icleand is on the banks of the salmon-rich river Selá. It is a beautiful setting for a swimming pool and it is famous for its surroundings.

Nearby is a hot water spring which has been used for many years for bathing. Today the spring waters are used to heat up the water in the swimming pool.

Access for handicapped people is good and there is also a picnic area and a large sundeck, as well as a large hot tub and wading pool for children. The pool is open daily during the summer months from 10:00 - 20:00.

Selá swimming pool is 3.5 km from road 85 on the way to Bakkafjörður, 12 km from the village of Vopnafjörður.

Place of the week - Þingvellir in South Iceland

Þingvellis is known as one of the most important places in Icelandic history. In the year 930 the Alþingi, one of the oldest parliamentary institutions of the world, was founded.

The Alþingi met yearly, where the Lawspeaker recited the law to all of the gathered people and decided disputes as well. Since the year 1798 Alþingi has been in Reykjavík.

Þingvellir is a national park because of the special tectonic and volcanic environment. The continental drift can be clearly seen in the cracks or faults which are traversing the region.

Þingvellir is a designated UNESCO World Heritag Site

Place of the week - Vitinn Restaurant in Sandgerði

Place of the week is the restaurant Vitinn (The Lighthouse) in the little fishing village of Sandgerði, less than 10 minutes drive from Keflavik Airport. An excellent place to visit on the way to or from the airport.

Husband and wife team Stefan and Brynhildur, have nurtured the lovely Lighthouse restaurant and bar for many years.

The building itself is in the style of an old Icelandic house, its wooden walls evocatively decorated with pictures and curios of fish and fishing from years gone by.

Outside, there is a big fish tank, where you can take a closer look at live fish and shellfish and learn a little about the various local species. Rock Crab is the Lighthouse specialty.

In Sandgerði you can wander round the harbour and watch the boats come in with the latest catch.

Place of the week - The Cruise Ship Ocean Diamond

The first Icelandic passenger ship for decades, Ocean Diamond, left Reykjavík harbour yesterday evening for its first reglular cruise around Iceleland.

Ocean Diamond will sail to Stykkishólmur, Ísafjörður, Siglufjörður, Akureyri, island Flatey on Skjálfandi, Seyðisfjörður and the Westmann Islands. The Capitol will be the ships home port until 2020.

On board there are icelandic guides and entertainers. They will lead the guests to the icelandic culture and nature on the ocean and ashore. Icelandic food will be served.

It is Iceland ProCruises, daugther company of Island ProTravel Holding, that runs the Diamond.

Book of the week - Iceland Road Guide

Insteaed of Place of the week we have a Book of the week because the new edition of Iceland Road Guide is now available. The book has been on the market since 1975 when just about 76 thousand tourists visited Iceland, last year we had almost 1 million visitors!

Iceland Road Guide is your key to Iceland. The book covers Iceland's entire road system plus the geography, culture and history. There are articles about our food, geothermal pools, lava caves ans Iceland´s hidden world.

By scanning a QR code in the book you can enjoy listening to Icelandic Folk Legends on your phone.

The book also contains a 24 detailed maps in the scale 1:500 with important tourist information such as accommodations, swimming pools, natural baths, museums, filling stations etc.

The Iceland Road Guide book is available in bookstores and in many N1 Filling stations.

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