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Place of the week - Mountains in West Iceland

This photo is taken from the ringroad no 1 up in Borgarfjörður, West Iceland.

The mountain to the right is Hraunsnefsöxl, below is the Hraunsnef travel service.

Baula is a 934 m rhyolite mountain in the middle. On the top there is a small rock shelter and the view from there is excellent in all directions. In a rock shelter is a guest book.

The crater, Grábrók, is to the right. There is a path leading to the top and the view is excellent.

Place of the week - Hvítserkur in North Iceland

Hvítserkur is a 15 m high basalt stack along the eastern shore of the Vatnsnes peninsula, in northwest Iceland, by road no 711.

The rock has two holes at the base, which give it the appearance of a dragon who is drinking. The base of the stack has been reinforced with concrete to protect its foundations from the sea.

Several species of birds, such as gulls and fulmars, live on at Hvítserkur and its name ("white shirt" in Icelandic) comes from the color of the guano deposited on its rocks.

Photo Bjarki Björgúlfsson

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.

Yoko Ono said on the day of the inauguration (October 9th 2007) that the tower was the best thing that she and John had ever done. Photo Ragnar Th Sigurðsson

Place of the week - Látrabjarg - West Fjords

Látrabjarg is the westernmost point of Iceland (and Europe if Greenland and the Azores are not counted). It's the cliffs of all cliffs, a line of several cliffs, 14 kilometres long and up to 441 m high. And it’s as steep as it gets, dizzyingly so.

Safe from foxes, the birds are fearless, and provide stunning photographic opportunities from close range. The puffins are particularly tame and are the ones frequenting the grassy, higher part of the cliffs. But look out, the edges are fragile and loose and the fall is high.

Látrabjarg is the most visited tourist attraction in the Westfjords. The cliffs are easily accessible by car (road no 612) and when you’re there, a walk along the cliffs awaits.

The whirling sensation will not fade, and neither will the memories.

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 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.

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