The Western Fjords of Iceland, known as Vestfirðir are new and magical world, with many fjords that are located above the sea. Each fjord is unique with a variety of small fishing villages dotting the shoreline.
Guides To Iceland
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Ísafjörður is the main largest city located in the western fjords (Westfjords). The city itself covers an area of 2,400 square kilometers and is home to approximately 4,000 residents, but the municipal jurisdiction of Isafjardarbaer also includes the villages Hnifsdalur, Sudureyri, and Thingeyri Flateyri where an additional 2,550 residents live.
Stykkishólmur, otherwise known as Stykki, is a beautiful fishing town in the northeastern part of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. The town is home to some 1,240 residents and is the trade and services center of the Snaefellsnes peninsula.
Somewhere in the highlands of Iceland, north of the Vatnajökull glacier, is a special place where astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, once trained for moon landing. Iceland has a special place where ordinary people can walk in the paths of giants.
Lónsöræfi is a Nature Reserve in southeast Iceland, located at the eastern end of the Vatnajökull glacier. This area is characterized by diverse geological formations that are the result of the Kollumúlaeldstöðvar volcano's activity, about a million to 5 million years ago.
Kjölur mountain road, marked on the map as F35 is one of two main ways that cross central Iceland from north south. Kjölur is the second longest and Sprengisandur is the longest, further east and more interesting of both.
Sprengisandur is located on the mainland that stretches from Hofsjökull glacier, in the center of the island, and Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's largest glacier, located in the east of the island. This is a fascinating area of hilly wasteland, sand and lava fields.
Laki craters are a wonderful result of the tremendous devastation that occurred in Iceland in the 18th century. A global catastrophe that killed thousands of people, animals, destroyed much property and was felt almost everywhere.
Þórsmörk Reserve or literally translated "Thor's Forest", is named after Thor god of Thunder in Norse mythology and son of Odin, father of the gods. The day of the week Thursday also derives from his name.
One of the most beautiful regions in central Iceland is undoubtedly Landmannalaugar Mountain Reserve. The name means "The People's Pools", this is probably the most popular travel destination in central Iceland and is otherwise known as the jewel in the crown.
Jökulsárgljúfur Park is located on the west bank of the icy Jökulsá á Fjöllum River. It spreads out over an area of 150 square kilometers, and its protects the canyon formed by the river and the great diversity of animals and plants to be found there.
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland, Iceland's largest city and the world's northernmost capital of a sovereign state. With a population of 122,000 (and more than 211,000 in the Greater Reykjavik area), Reykjavik is the centre of Iceland's governmental, economic, cultural and academic activities.
As in many other countries across the world, the main airport is not actually located in the capital and foreign tourists, landing in Iceland for the first time, do not always realize that they do not land directly in Reykjavik and the airport is actually located in town Keflavik, a 40-minute drive from Reykjavik.
Tjörnin in Icelandic means "lake" and the Tjörnin Lake that flows in downtown Reykjavik is definitely worth a visit when visiting the city. A relatively small lake compared to other lakes in Iceland, but one of the most famous due to its location.
The Eastern fjords region Austfirðir starts out at Kollumúli just north of Héraðsflói and reaches up to Eyrarhorn east of Lónssveit. Here may be found 15 fjords, mountainous terrain with a few plateaus that generally lay in the valleys.
Skaftafell National Park is an oasis located between a sandy desert and Vatnajökul glacier. The Park was instituted in 1967, consists of approximately 500 square kilometers and is home to some of Iceland's most beautiful attractions, mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and flora and fauna unique to the area.
There are several places in Iceland where a person feels small compared to the nature surrounding him. One of the most prominent, if not the most prominent, is in the Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe and most impressive in Iceland.
A village with a completely unpronounceable name, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, meaning Monastery Church Farm. This small village had just 160 residents and is the only village located between the towns Hofn and Vik that offers services to tourists such as a hostel, supermarket, bank and a gas station.
Reykjanes is a volcanic peninsula located at the southwest tip of Iceland, not far from the capital city, Reykjavik. Its considerable subterranean volcanic activity, vast lava fields and minority of plants, characterize the peninsula.
Hvalfjörður, more commonly known as the whale-fjord, is renowned for its breathtaking natural landscape and unique history. Located just a short drive from Reykjavík you can visit this spectacular view of nature and walk to the Glymur waterfall, which is the highest waterfall in Iceland.
On the tour, our local guides will take you to some of the best bars and clubs in Reykjavik, and show you the secrets of the Icelandic night life. At each one of the first three bars that we visit you will get a FREE large Icelandic beer.
The Landmannalaugar Þórsmörk trek is well known in the world and the most popular by hikers in Iceland. These 55 scenic kilometers well deserve the reputation: colorful rhyolite mountains, glaciers, geothermal springs, steam columns, black sands desert, rivers and large lakes.
Although the distance can be easily covered in two or three days, why hurry? Take the full four days trek and enjoy the views.
If you already had a day tour in Reykjavik and you into escaping the city for a bit and enjoying some nature, culture and art. You better visit Videy Island (Viðey in Icelandic).
This unique and ambitious tour for the first time in the world is presented these days through the glacier Langjökull in central highlands of Iceland. Glacier Langjökull or "the long iceberg" is the second largest glacier in Iceland and its area is 950 square kilometers. The deepest point of the glacier reaches a depth of 580 meters.
Lava caves are located in volcanic active areas. The lava cave described in this article is one of the many that exist in Iceland. This cave is Gjábakkahellir and it is located in one of the most active volcanic areas, in Thingvellir National Park, exactly on the boundary between the continents.
During the visit in Iceland you cannot miss Icelandic horses. They are everywhere, along the sides of the roads and in many farms scattered all over the island. The story of the Icelandic horse begins when the Vikings first arrived in Iceland with their horses and since then, for more than a thousand years, no other horses were brought to Iceland.
Few travelers come to Iceland because of its museums. Iceland is a country with relatively poor urban and personal accomplishments history and accordingly, museums of Iceland are not competing with museums in other countries in Europe, which boast with a rich history of hundreds or even thousands of years.
There is a variety of volunteer programs in Iceland. Several local Icelandic organizations and some from other countries too, offer the volunteer trips to Iceland. The volunteer programs are available for different durations from a week to several months. Volunteering in Iceland can be a wonderful experience for students or people who like to contribute to society, and this is a great way to visit Iceland relatively cheaply and meet people from all over the world.
Iceland's waterfalls are famous throughout the world thanks to their diversity and breathtaking beauty. In Iceland, there are hundreds of waterfalls that are coming out of the mountains or flowing from the high peaks where the snow never melts.
Geothermal swimming pools for Icelanders are like a sauna for Finns. This is not just a leisure activity, it is one of the pillars of the local culture. In Iceland, there are about 200 swimming pools, probably more than in any other country per head of population.
Northern Lights of Iceland is a natural phenomenon that occurs when the Van Allen radiation belt (a layer of energetic charged particles that surround the Earth) is "overloaded" with particles that flow down the magnetic field of the Earth and crash into the luminesce materials in the atmosphere - in the area of the ionosphere, causing them to release energy.
Although summer is the ideal time to travel in Iceland, many people ask if it is also recommended visiting Iceland in winter. Are the popular tourist attraction sites open? What about the hotels? Transportation? Is Iceland ready for tourists in the winter? Here are some ideas in brief about the winter trip to Iceland. The winter visit to Iceland is like visiting another Iceland - the dominant green landscape turns white and it is a good time to take out the snowmobiles and the skis.
For the last few years, Iceland became more and more popular destination for family trips. Being one of the safest countries in the world and also known as one of the cleanest, Iceland is famous for its citizen's high priority environmental concern. The economic crisis that occurred in 2008 crushed the economy of the island, turning it from one of the world's most expensive countries, to a country, which it is possible to visit without spending a fortune.