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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.

Place of the week - Bessastaðir

Bessastaðir, official residence of the President of Iceland. First mention of Bessastaðir is in Íslendinga saga (The Saga of the Icelanders) by Sturla Þórðarson; the place then belonged to Snorri Sturluson. Later it became the first royal estate in Iceland, being in the possession of the King of Norway.

Since 1941 it has been the official residence of the President of the Republic: Sveinn Björnsson lived there from 1941 to 1952, first as governor then as president from 1944), Ás­geir Ás­geirs­son 1952 - 68, Krist­ján Eld­járn 1968 - 80, Vig­dís Finn­boga­dóttir 1980 - 1996 og Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson frá 1996.

The main building is among the oldest houses in Iceland, built in 1761–66. It has since been added to and renovated. The church at Bessastaðir was built 1777–1823.

Place of the week - Hofsós in North Iceland

Hofsós is one of the places that is really worth visiting. The Icelandic Emigration Center in Hofsós, Vesturfarasetrið, was founded in 1996 and dedicated to commemorate Icelandic emigrants to North America and to promote connections between their descendants and the people of Iceland. More information can be found on the webpage.

In March 2010 a new and impressive swimming pool was opened at Hofsós. It is so designed that when one swims from south to north, the surface of the pool and the surface of the ocean below appear to merge, and the swimmer seems to be setting a course straight for the island of Drangey

Photo from Hofsós: North Iceland Marketing Office.

Place of the Week - Winter Lights Festival in Reykjavík

Those long winter days of darkness in Reykjavík are set to be illuminated magnificently at the city’s annual Winter Lights Festival to be held on Feb. 5 - 8.

The main objective of the festival is to illuminate the dramatic darkness of winter with a collection of sparkling events, which both celebrate and emphasize the beauty of Reykjavík City.

Core events of the upcoming Winter Lights Festival include a number of selected light-art commissions together with our popular theme nights: Museum Night and Pool Night.

For further information see their webpage winterlightsfestsival.is.

This photo by Ragnar Th Sigurðsson is from a Winter Light Festival.

Winter festival “Éljagangur” / Blizzard in Akureyri

The annual winter festival Éljagangur/BLizzard in Akureyri, Capital of North Iceland, has been taking place in the beginning of February each year but in 2015 it will be held in March as a part of The Iceland Winter Games.

The Iceland Winter Games 2015 will be held 6th -14th March. With the biggest events taking place on the 11th-14th of March 2015.

All kinds of winter sports, Mountain hiking, Cross-country skiing, snow-boarding, downhill skiing, snow scooters, super jeeps, exhibition on new equipment related to winter sports, concerts and much, much more.

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