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Place of the week - The Secret Lagoon at Flúðir

The Secret Lagoon natural pool is located in the village of Flúðir in the Golden Circle area.

The historical surroundings have been kept natural and simple for a unique and authentic experience. The pool is surrounded by several hot springs, among them a little geysir erupting every 10 minutes or so, providing the pool with fresh warm water, maintaining a temprature of 38-40 °C throughout the year.

The Lagoon offers brand new facilities next the hot spring with showers, bar and eating area. For further information see their homepage secretlagoon.is

Place of the week - Laxdalshús in Akureyri

Place of the week this time is Laxdalshús in Akureyri. The house was built in 1795 and is the oldest house in Akureyri, the capital of the North.

Laxdalshús was primarily used as residential and commercial premises. In 1927 it became the first headquarters for the district archives and town library.

Laxdalshús became a protected building in 1978 and was reopened 1984 after extensive renovation. Since then various activities have been in the house.

Place of the week - Ósvör in the Westfjords

Ósvör Maritime Museum is by the see on the way between Ísafjörður and Bolungarvík, by road no 6302.

Ósvör is replica of an old Icelandic fishing station, from the19th century. On display are a rowing boat, a crew hut with tools and equipment, a salt house and a drying shed.

Place of the week - Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík

Hallgrímskirkja Church is a Lutheran parish church in Reykjavík. At 73 metres (244 ft), it is the largest church in Iceland.

The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614 to 1674), author of the Passion Hymns.

The church is also used as an observation tower. An observer can take a lift up to the viewing deck and view Reykjavík and the surrounding mountains.

The statue of explorer Leif Eriksson (c. 970 – c. 1020) is in front of the church
. Leifur was the first European to discover America. The statue was a gift from the United States in honor of the 1930 Alþingi Millennial Festival, commemorating the 1000th anniversary of Iceland's parliament at Þingvellir in 930 AD.

Place of the week - Gullfoss in a winter jacket

Gullfoss (Golden Waterfalls) in South Icleand is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland.

The waterfalls falls 32 m in two cascades. The canyon below the falls is 2,500 m long and 70 m deep, a magnificent sight.

During the first half of the 20th century and some years into the late 20th century, there was much speculation about using Gullfoss to generate electricity.

Sigríður Tómasdóttir from the farm Brattholt next to Gullfoss, was determined to preserve the waterfall and even threatened to throw herself into the waterfall. Gullfoss is state property since 1940.

Þingvellir, Geysir of Haukadalur and Gullfoss form the Golden Circle, a popular day tour for tourists in Iceland.

Place of the week - Mývatn Nature Baths North Icleand

Mývatn Nature Baths (Jarðböðin ) are located in Jarðbaðshólar, about 4 km from the village of Reykjahlíð by Mývatn in North Iceland.

The Nature Baths offer bathers a completely natural experience that begins with a relaxing dip in clouds of steam rising up from a fissure deep in the earth's surface, and ends with a luxurious swim in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 2,500 metres.

Containing a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms, the warm soothing water of Myvatn Nature Baths benefit both skin and spirit alike.

The Nature Baths are open all year around, more information on their webpage.

Place of the week - Landmannalaugar in the Highland

Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands by road F224. It is known for its natural geothermal hot springs and surrounding landscape.

Landmannalaugar is famous for its hiking trails and is the usual starting point for a four-day-long hiking trail called Laugavegur, as the main shopping street in Reykjavík city center.

The natural warm water pool at Landmannalaugar is quite unique and an ideal bathing place all year around – with temperature of around 36–40 °C even in the midst of a snowy winter.

Notice that F roads are usually only intended for 4WD vehicles and look out for road conditions before going to Landmannalaugar.

Place of the week - Dining with locals in Selfoss, South Iceland

Would you like to do something different? Why not meet the locals, have a guided walk around Selfoss and then going to a private home for a dinner and chat?

Selfoss is a small town in South Iceland, 57 km from Reykjavík with only about 6.800 inhabitants. Selfoss is by the banks of the river Olfusa, one of the largest rivers in the country. The town is a centre of commerce and small industries. Among other interesting things you will find The Bobby Fischer Centre, a museum dedicated to the master of the Royal Game chess.

Helga and Ragnar offer a short walks around Selfoss, ending at their cosy home, having dinner, coffee and a nice chat. More information on their homepage.

Place of the week - Winter lights festival in Reykjavík

The Winter Lights Festival is an annual event this time held on February 4th-7th.

Opening night is on Thursday 4th and begins with a beautiful outdoor light installation at Harpa Concert Hall.

The Festival celebrates both the winter world and the growing light after a long period of darkness. The program is a mixture of art and industry, environment and history, sports and culture.

The programme reflects the many faces of Reykjavík capital area, with all the major museums, thermal pools and a ski resort.

Check out the program here!

Place of the week - The Memorial of The Great Auk in Reykjanes

The memorial to the last Great Auk (Geirfugl) in Iceland is located near Valahnúkur on Reykjanes Peninsula, closed to Keflavík International Airport.

The memorial of the Great Auk is by the well known artist Todd McGrain and is a part of The Lost Bird Project. Two other Great Auk birds by Todd McGrain can be found in the Zoo in Rom and in Newfoundland near Funk Island.

The last documented pair of Great Auks in Iceland was killed on Eldey Island, on June 3rd, 1844.

Photo Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir.

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