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Book of the week - Iceland Road Guide

Insteaed of Place of the week we have a Book of the week because the new edition of Iceland Road Guide is now available. The book has been on the market since 1975 when just about 76 thousand tourists visited Iceland, last year we had almost 1 million visitors!

Iceland Road Guide is your key to Iceland. The book covers Iceland's entire road system plus the geography, culture and history. There are articles about our food, geothermal pools, lava caves ans Iceland´s hidden world.

By scanning a QR code in the book you can enjoy listening to Icelandic Folk Legends on your phone.

The book also contains a 24 detailed maps in the scale 1:500 with important tourist information such as accommodations, swimming pools, natural baths, museums, filling stations etc.

The Iceland Road Guide book is available in bookstores and in many N1 Filling stations.

Place of the week - Langjökull Glacier

Langjökull is Europe's second largest glacier.

In a few days, now in June, a man – made ice tunnels and caves will formally open in Langjökull.

Inside the ice cave you will be able to view ice which has taken hundreds of years to develop. As you walk further along the tunnel, the ice gets older and the colour changes from white to deep-blue. The led lighted walls inside the tunnels are sheer-carved and you will find interior chambers containing exhibitions, a cafe and a small chapel.

It´s really Ice-cool to go inside the glacier!!

Place of the week - Glaumbær in Skagafjörðu North Iceland

The turfhouse at Glaumbær in Skagafjörður (road 75) is the place of this week.

The farmhouse is built of turf, stones and timber. Turf houses similar to this were built all over Iceland for centuries.

Between 1879 and 1939, the farmhouse at Glaumbær remained unchanged; it was repaired and declared a conserved site in 1947, the year the last inhabitants moved out.

Glaumbær is now a part of the Skagafjörður Folk Museum.

Visit to the museum give you a glimpse of the life of Icelanders in last century.

Map of the week - Iceland Road Guide Map with App

Instead of Place of the week we will now have Map of the week - Map with App. We are proud to announce our new Map and now with the Iceland Road Guide book in an App.

Some unique features of the map are explanation of Icleandic place names - night & daylight scheme - list of volcanic eruptions from the year 1700 - 2014 - photos and information for 34 tourist atractions around the country in addition to important tourist information such as accommodation - camping sites - museums - filling stations - swimming pools - natural baths - boat tours etc.

In the Iceland Road Guide App you will find more than 3000 places and thousands of services around the country, places with information and pictures, map browser and much much more.

Iceland Road Guide Map is now available in six languages, English, German and French with yellow cover and Spanish, Chinese and Icelandic with blue cover.

The App is available in three languages, English, German and Icelandic.

Map with App is available in bookstores, most tourist information centres and fillingstations.

Map with App - a splendid travel companion in Iceland.

Place of the week - Mt. Kirkjufell in West Iceland

Grundarfjörður's beautiful landmark is Mt. Kirkjufell, (Church mountain), (463 m), sometimes called “Sugarloaf”. It´s probably the most photographed mountain in Iceland.

Its isolated position jutting out into the sea makes it a focal point for tourists and seamen alike.

Surrounded by beaches, Kirkjufell has a lovely walking trail around it as well as a more challenging climb up to the top where bird and fish fossils can be found (guide is recommended).

Mt. Kirkjufell is by road 54 on the Northern part of Snæfellsnes Peninsula, about 18o km from Reykjavík.

Place of the week - Borg near Borgarnes West Iceland

Borg is a church and parsonage just outside Borgarnes in West Iceland (by road no 54). Originally settled by Skallagrímur Kveldúlfsson father of the poet Egill Skallagrímsson of Egils saga. Egill continued to live and farm at Borg.

Many of his relatives and descendants lived there, including Snorri Sturluson for a time. The Settlement Centre in Borgarnes tells you the story of Egill.

There has been a church at Borg ever since Iceland was Christianised around the year 1000.

The present church at Borg was built in 1880.

Place of the week - Borgarfjörður eystri in East Iceland

Borgarfjörður eystri is a proud member of EDEN since 2012. EDEN is the acronym for European Destinations of Excellence, a project promoting sustainable tourism.

With a total of 88 inhabitants, the area has plenty to offer, including some of the most populated elfin settlements in Iceland and a tremendous variety of hiking routes.

Not only does the area boast a spectacular landscape, a dream for every outdoor enthusiast, but also a good range of accommodation and services.

There is great natural beauty in the area, as it is still untouched by mass tourism. Fur further information see their homepage borgarfjordureystri.is

Place of the Week - Museum Weekend in the Reykjanes Region

This weekend all the museums in Reykjanesbær, Grindavík, Garður, Sandgerði and Vogar in the Reykjanes Region have teamed up and offer a special welcome to guests from all over to discover the wonderful museums and exhibitions the region has to offer.

Over 30 places to visit with even more events. One of the highlights this weekend is the opening of a brand new exhibition in the Icelandic Museum of Rock‘n Roll, dedicated to Iceland‘s biggest popstar Páll Óskar, titled „Paul Oscar – A Popstar‘s Private Collection.“

Entrance to all the museums and events is free for the weekend and we strongly recommend a ride to Reykjanes Region this weekend. You will receive a warm welcome.

The whole program is available on safnahelgi.is.

Place of the week - Snæfellsjökull West Iceland

Snæfellsjökull is a 700,000-year-old stratovolcano with a glacier covering its summit.

It is situated on the most western part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It can easily been seen from the city of Reykjavík over the bay of Faxaflói, at a distance of 120 km.

The mountain is one of the most famous sites of Iceland, primarily due to the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) by Jules Verne, in which the protagonists find the entrance to a passage leading to the center of the earth on Snæfellsjökull.

The mountain is included in the Snæfellsjökull National Park. In August 2012 the summit was ice-free for the first time in recorded history.

Place of the week - Food & Fun festival in Reykjavík

The annual Food and Fun festival will be in February 25th – March 1st in Reykjavik.

The core element of the festival involves world-acclaimed and upcoming chefs from both Europe and USA collaborating with Reykjavik’s finest restaurants.

Each chef is assigned to one of the participating restaurants, where they prepare a special menu crafted from Icelandic ingredients only, commonly held to be the best in the world by Icelanders.

The chefs themselves are on site for three nights during the festival week.

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