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.
New Touring Maps in Six Languages
New version of our Touring Map is now available in six languages, English, German and French with yellow cover and Spanish, Chinese and Icelandic with blue cover.
High quality overall maps of the country in the scale 1:500 000 with the latest official update about the road system
and important tourist information
on the map such as accommodation, camping sites, meusums, filling stations, swimming pools, boat tours etc.
On back of the map are photos and information for 34 tourist atractions around the country, list of volcanic eruptions from the year 1700 2012, some interestsing facts about Iceland and useful information of how to drive in Iceland.
There is also an explanation of Icleandic place names and night & daylight scheme, useful for photographers. The Touring Maps are available in bookstores and some Information Centres in Iceland.
Place of the week - Breiðafjörður islands West Iceland
Breiðafjörður Bay is renowned for its stunning beauty,
with the perfect frame of mountains, high and low, highlighting the scenery. The most famous of these mountains is the majestic and mystical Snæfellsnes Glacier
, towering at the coastal edge of the peninsula.
The southern islands of Breiðafjörður Bay are teeming with a fantastic variety of bird life.
Seatours in Stykkishólmur offer a variety of sightseeing tours on the Bay,
including bird watching, sea angling and day tours to the Island of Flatey.
Place of the week - Reykjanes
Reykjanes, the southwestern point of the Reykjanes peninsula
, barren, with lava and a muchindented coastline.
Much geothermal heat, sulphur and mud springs. The best known hot spring being Gunnuhver, named after a female ghost that was laid there.
She had caused great disturbance until a priest set a trap for her and she fell into the spring. This happend about 400 years ago.
The first lighthouse in Iceland was built there in 1878.
Just off the coast is a tuff pinnacle rock, Karl
(51 m) part of which fell away in the winter of 1969.