Place of the week - Þorvaldseyri near Eyjafjallajökull
Eyjafjallajökull, (1,666 m) a volcano covered by about 100 km2 of glacier.
Three eruptions in historical times, in 1612, 1821-22 and in April 2010 when tens of thousands of travellers were left stranded in airports around Europe.
It is comparatively easy to climb Eyjafjallajökull glacier
and there is a choice of routes. Some find it difficult to pronunce Eyjafjallajökull.
The farmers at Þorvaldseyri living at the foot of Eyjafjallajökull always knew the volcano was a sleeping giant. They temporarily evacuated the farm but returned and opened a Visitor Centre, an information centre dedicated to the dramatic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2011.
Place of the week - Mývatn Area North of the Bárðarbunga Eruption
The nearest village to the eruption area North og Bárðarbunga / Vatnajökull Glacier is Reykjahlíð in the Mývatn Area.
Reykjahlíð is 100 km away from the eruption. The Mývatn Area is one of the most popular tourist destination in Iceland.
The lake Mývatn was created by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago, and the surrounding landscape is dominated by volcanic landforms,
including lava pillars and pseudocraters. The bigger island to the rihgt on the photo is a pseudocrater.
The lake and its surrounding wetlands have an exceptionally rich fauna of waterbirds, especially ducks.
Place of the week - Möðrudalur north of Vatnajökull Glacier
Möðrudalur is a farm situated in the higlands nort of Vatnajökull Glacier, only about 70 km from the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun.
From Möðrudalur there is a very good view of the surrounding mountains especially the majestic Herðubreið,
which is one of the most beautiful mountains in Iceland and over to the eruption at Holuhraun which is just south of Herðubreið.
Möðrudalur has been inhabited since the settlement of Iceland
and was one of the most important settlements in the early days. It is situated at a higher altitude than any other farm in Iceland; also one of the most isolated.
A tiny church was built at Möðrudalur in 1949 by the farmer Jón Stefánsson in memory if his wife. Stefánsson also painted the altarpiece himself.
Place of the week - Vatnajökull Glacier
Due to possible volcanic eruption large area north of Vatnajökull glacier is closed and the road to Dettifoss waterfall (see photo) on the west side is also closed due to this possible flooding.
Dettifoss is the greatest and most majestic of Iceland's waterfall
s, 44 m high with the average volume of 212 tons per second, so the ground shakes with the force of it. Thought to be the most powerful falls in Europe
This magnificent natural feature has inspired many poets.
Place of the week - Shark Museum at Bjarnarhöfn
The Shark Museum ar Bjarnarhöfn is located on the northern side of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, by road 54.
Shark fishing and the production of shark meat has been a part of the family at Bjarnarhöfn for generations.
It has long been a vital part of of the lives and the economic lifeline for the family.
Guests are invited to take a personally guided tour of the museum and will see the preparation of shark meat first hand when their guide accompanies them to the drying house.
Shark meat (hákarl) and dried fish (harðfiskur) may be purchased at the museum.
Sample a taste while you're there - you know you want to!
Place of the week - Ósvör near Ísafjörður
Ósvör is replica of an old Icelandic fishing station, from the19th century.
On display are the rowing boat Ölver, a salt house and a drying shed.
In the museum are also for display all kinds of fishing equipment and various tools that were used for fishing and fish production in the time of the fishing base.
Ósvör is in the Westfjords, west of the town Ísafjörður, by road 61.
Place of the week - The Secret Lagoon in Flúðir
The Secret Lagoon natural pool is located in the village of Fludir 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.
In the winter the nothern lights can often be seen in the area and what better way to experience the lightshow than relaxing in the warm water surrounded by the steam from the earth?
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 - Staupasteinn in Hvalfjörður
Staupasteinn a goblet-shaped rock and popular resting place for tourists.
Close to Hvammsvik on the old national road around Whale Fjord, West Iceland. By road 47.
An elf by the name of Staupa-Steinn has his home in this rock. Not everyone can see him. He is described as having long hair, a beard and being a kind, gentle man who loves to play ball with children who are picnicking in the area.
Beautiful view. Protected since 1974.
Place of the week - Rauðanes in East Iceland
Rauðanes, fairly long peninsula with steep cliffs east of the mountain
Viðarfjall, in Þistilfjörður by road 85.
Many seabird nest there, and there are some picturesque pinnacle
rocks, Stakkar, in the sea.
The end of the peninsula has broken
away and is called Stakkatorfa
. There are caves under it, accessible by
small boats in good weather.
There are also caves in the cliffs.
An area of
natural beauty well worth seeing with 7 km marked walking paths.
Place of the week - Húsavík Whale Watching Capital
Even though fishing and fish processing is the important industry in Húsavík the town is now
well known as the whale watching capital of Europe.
Whale watching trips from Húsavík harbour on traditional fishing boats and passenger boats are getting increasingly popular
The Húsavik Whale Centre is the first and only information centre on whales in Iceland.