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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 altar–piece 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 waterfalls, 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.

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