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Place of the week - Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island

The Imagine Peace Tower is a memorial to John Lennon from his widow, Yoko Ono, located on Viðey Island near Reykjavík.

It consists of a tall tower of light, projected from a white stone monument that has the words "Imagine Peace" carved into it in 24 languages. These words, and the name of the tower, are a reference to Lennon's peace anthem Imagine.

Buried underneath the light tower are upward of 500,000 written wishes that Ono gathered over the years in another project, called "Wish Trees".

The tower lit every year from October 9th, Lennon's birthday, through December 8th, the date he died.

Photo Ragnar Th Sigurðsson

Place of the week - Þórbergssetur Culture Centre, South East Iceland

The Þórbergssetur, culture centre, was built in memory of the author Þórbergur Þórðarson (1888-1974), who was born at the site. The building is like a bookshelf.

The exhibition provides an overview of an remarkable artistic career, it also tells the larger story of the changes wrought on Icelandic society by the twentieth century.

The Þórbergssetur also houses a restaurant and a souvenir shop, it is open all year round. Visits between September 15 and May 15 must be booked in advance.

Þórbergssetur is located by the Ring Road, only 13 km further east from Jökulsárlón.

Place of the week - Þverá in Laxárdal North Iceland

Place of the week this time is Þverá in Laxárdalur, North Iceland by road no 856.

At Þverá is a traditional turf house built in 1849-1851. All of Iceland´s remaining turf houses now belong to our National Museum and are a part of the National Museum's Historic Buildings Collection.

Þverá turf house has belonged to the museum since 1968 and it was preserved in 1990.

There is an old church at Þverá, built 1878.

This photo is from the church window showing the old turf house at Þverá.

Photo Regína Ragnarsdóttir

Place of the week - Þorgeirskirkja church by Goðafoss

Þorgeirskirkja (The church of Þorgeir) in North Iceland was erected in the year 2000 on the millennium of the adoption of Christianity in Iceland. Þorgeirskirkja is 45 km east of Akureyri, by the ringroad no 1.

It was built to honour the memory Þorgeir, chieftain of Ljósavatn, who played a crucial role in the conversion.

On his return from the Alþingi after being baptised, Þorgeir is said to have flung his images of the Norse gods into a waterfall, known since then as Goðafoss - Waterfall of the Gods which is nearby. This photo is from the altar at Þorgeirskirkja with a view over Ljósavatnsskarð. Photo Regína Ragnarsdóttir.

Place of the week - Litlibær in the Westfjords

Place of the week is Litlibær in Skötufjörður, by road no 61.

Litlibær was built in 1895 an area of only 3.9 x 7.4 metres, the house is made of timber with stone side walls and grass on the roof. There were two kitchen outhouses near by.

Around 20 people lived in Litlibær at one point and the last inhabitants moved out in 1969.

There is a cafe open from May 15th – September 15th from 10.00 – 17.00.

Place of the week - Akureyri Town Ferstival

The theme of the Akureyri Town Festival 2015 is “daughter, mother, grandmother” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in Iceland.

The Birthday of Akureyri is celebrated annually on the last weekend of August. The opening ceremony of the festival always takes place on Friday evening in the Botanical Garden. Other highlights are: the Ghost Hunt Evening in the old town, Science Center and events along the Artist Alley. More information visit Akureyri.

One of the biggest event is a Concert with Big Band Akureyri, Jónas Sig, Samúel J. Samúelsson, Lay Low and band along with various guests and dance performance on Saturday night, See photo from last year.

Candle lighting at the church steps. Guests are encouraged to light a candle and put it on one of the many church steps as a symbol of peace for everyone, everywhere.

Place of the week - Culture Night in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Culture Night will be held for the twentieth time on August 22. Culture Night focuses on all things cultural, from music and arts to food and traditions.

The event takes place all across Reykjavík with celebrations in city streets and squares, in museums, businesses and even in residential gardens!

The day starts with the running of the annual marathon, and slowly the streets fill with people. There are several outdoor stages with live music playing into the night, craft and art making on offer, Icelandic food samples, longer opening hours for museums and bars, and an exciting fireworks display to end the evening.

Culture Night marks the start of the city’s cultural year, when museums and theatres and other cultural institutions launch their annual program of events.

The event’s slogan “Come on in!” is a reference to those good old fashioned customs of hospitality. Photo Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson

Place of the week - Kolugljúfur North Iceland

Kolugljúfur is a 2 km long and 20-25 m deep beautiful canyon of the river Víðidalsá North Iceland, side road by road no 715.

The many waterfalls in Kolugljúfur bear the name Kolufossar Falls in honour of the giantess, Kola.

The ascending salmon does not get any further in the river of Víðidalsá than to the waterfalls in the canyon.

It is a breathtaking sight to drive across the bridge and watch the calm waters of the river suddenly leap and tumble onwards over so many impressive falls.

Place of the week - Hamarsrétt on Vatnsnes Peninsula

Hamarsrétt (sheep roundup) is unique where it stands next to the shore on Vatnsnes peninsula a few km north of the village Hvammstangi by road no 711.

Hamarsrétt sheep round up corral is the largest in the area and the only one in all of Iceland on the coast. Hamarsrétt comes to life in September when the sheep are brought down from the mountains and separated there.

Hamarsrétt is great place to enjoy the nature and look at the divers numbers of birds that can be found.

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.

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