Árnessÿsla Things to Do

  • Öxarárfoss waterfall as seen from above.
    Öxarárfoss waterfall as seen from above.
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  • Flosagjá next to Peningagjá don't throw coins in!
    Flosagjá next to Peningagjá don't throw...
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  • The view-dial at Hakið
    The view-dial at Hakið
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Árnessÿsla Things to Do

  • Wind Turbines in Iceland

    There is a new project in Iceland - trying to create power from this never ending wind on this island by erecting wind turbines. I know that Icelanders were against this, this would be an eye sore in the Icelandic nature. But I have visited them and they are located on the edge of the highlands where there is only sand and power plants so they...

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  • Hrunalaug hot pool

    Hrunalaug hot pool is one of the hot pools in Iceland. Unfortunately is is being inundated with tourists and the land-owners are at a loss what to do. So I am only going to write a short tip on it and ask people visiting Iceland to not go there.It is lovely sitting in a hot pool on a bright summer night after a long day of travelling, like we had...

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  • Sultartangi power station

    Sultartangi power station is located only 15 km away from the second largest power station in Iceland, Búrfell station. This power station was opened in 1999. It uses the same water from the river Tungnaá, which has passed through Hrauneyjafoss power station and Sigalda power station. This is glacial water coming from the highlands of Iceland.The...

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  • Hrauneyjafossstöð power station

    Hrauneyjafoss power station "Hrauneyjafossstöð" is Iceland´s 3rd largest power plant, only Kárahnjúkavirkjun power plant and Búrfell power plant are bigger. Hrauneyjafoss power station produces 210 MW.Here on the edge of the highlands there are several power stations, south-east of this station Sigalda power station is located, they both utilise...

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  • Sigalda power station

    There are several power stations on the edge of the highlands of Iceland. One of them is Sigalda power station. It is located just above another power station, Hrauneyjarfoss station. There is a tailrace link which links the two power stations.Sigalda power station was opened in 1978. There was a great demand from the industrial growth in the...

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  • The Skaftholt sheepcote - the oldest in...

    In Þjórsárdalur valley one can find the oldest sheepcote in Iceland, with the oldest historical data dating back to the 12th century. This sheepcote is mentioned in the Sturlu Saga as a meeting place in 1283.The sheepcote, which was renovated in 1954, and then again in 2000-2009 are made of stacked up lava from this area. They were damaged and...

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  • Háifoss - the second highest waterfall...

    In South-Iceland upcountry in Fossárdalur valley one can find the second highest waterfall in Iceland, not counting the waterfalls found in Mosárjökull glacier recently. This waterfall is called Háifoss waterfall or the High Fall.Háifoss is 122 meters high and is situated in Fossá river, which is a spring water tributary of the glacial river...

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  • Stöng - the ruins of a settlement farm.

    There are ruins of a real Viking settlement farm, Stöng, in Þjórsárdalur valley. Some of the Vikings settled in Þjórsárdalur valley, unaware that they were in the proximity of the notorious volcano Hekla. Mt Hekla erupted for the first time after the Settlement of Iceland in 1104 causing the devastation of 20 settlement farms in Þjórsárdalur...

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  • Þjórsárdalur valley - Gaukshöfði cape.

    In Þjórsárdalur valley by Þjórsá river there is a cape called Gaukshöfði cape, named after the viking Gaukur á (at) Stöng - Þrándilsson (born in the 10th century). Gaukur apparently lived at Stöng in Þjórsárdalur valley where excavated ruins of a real Viking settler's farmhouse have been found. He was killed by his foster-brother, Ásgrímur...

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  • Þjóðveldisbærinn - A Saga-age farm.

    Þjóðveldisbærinn Saga-age farm is a reconstructed medieval farmhouse, an exact replica of the excavated ruins of a real Viking settler's farmhouse at Stöng in Þjórsárdalur valley. Mt. Hekla, one of the most notorious volcanoes in the world, erupted in 1104 causing the devastation of 20 settlement farms in Þjórsárdalur valley. In 1939 archaeologists...

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  • Gjáin - an oasis in Þjórsárdalur valley...

    The beautiful oasis in the small valley called Gjáin can be reached from two sides, which gives one a different experience from it. I have shown you the northern side of it in my previous tip with the lovely waterfall Gjárfoss and its pond and now I am going to show you the southern side of it with its lava caves and clear wellsprings. In Rauðá...

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  • Gjáin - an oasis in Þjórsárdalur valley.

    There is a breathtaking place in Þjórsárdalur valley, Gjáin, which is one of the hidden treasures of Iceland. There is a lovely, small waterfall at Gjáin in the Rauðá (Red River) river. It is called Gjárfoss (or Gjáfoss) falls and cascades into the gorge of Gjáin.Here we are located right by the central highlands of Iceland and one does not expect...

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  • Hjálparfoss waterfall in Þjórsárdalur...

    Hjálparfoss - Help's waterfall is a beautiful waterfall in Þjórsárdalur walley up-country in South-Iceland. It is split in two with a beautiful pond in front and surrounded by extraordinary basalt rock formations, one in the form of a bear's head right next to the left waterfall. Hjálparfoss runs in the river Fossá right before it merges into...

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  • Búrfellsstöð - Búrfell Station...

    Búrfell Station is Iceland's second largest hydropower-plant. It is second only to the new Kárahnjúkar hydropower-plant. Ca 800 people worked on building this massive powerplant, which was the biggest construction, Icelanders had undertaken. It was consecrated on the 2nd of May 1970 and harnesses Þjórsá river. The hydropower-plant is owned by...

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  • Flúðir - village - the vegetable Mekka...

    Flúðir is a small village in Hrunamannahreppur in South-Iceland. It has got a very popular camping place. I tried to camp there once, but there was such loud music playing and small "streets" of big RVs parked there with verandas around them. I was there with my small tent and felt really out of place so I opted for another camping place, at Árnes,...

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  • The church by the Saga-age farm.

    A church was raised by Þjóðveldisbærinn Saga-age farm and consecrated in year 2000. It is a really small turf stave-church and was built in the liking of a church found by the farm at Stöng. The church is open and it is really small, showing that the Vikings were much smaller than people today. One has to take care not to bang one´s head.The church...

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  • Leirubakki Horse-farm by Mt. Hekla.

    The farm of Leirubakki has been a major estate since ancient times and is mentioned in the Sagas. The famous historian Snorri Sturluson lived here once and all the owners of Leirubakki were well known in Icelandic history, such as the chieftain Kolskeggr "the wealthy", Árni Ólafsson, Björn Þorleifsson Governor of Iceland and his widow Ólöf "the...

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  • Hekla Center "Heklusetur" at Leirubakki.

    There is a Hekla Center at Leirubakki, a really interesting exhibition center on this most active and famous/notorious/powerful volcano in Iceland. There are no pictures allowed inside the center so I add pictures from the outside and 2 pictures of Mt. Hekla. The exhibition will tell you all about Mt. Hekla, there are videos from the volcanic...

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Árnessÿsla Hotels

  • Grimsborgir Guest House

    Asborgir 30, Selfoss, 801, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Edda - ML Laugarvatn

    Laugarvatn, Laugarvatn, 840, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Icelandair Hotel Hengill

    Nesjavollum, Selfoss, 801, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Edda Iki Laugarvatn

    840 Laugarvatn, Laugarvatn, Iceland, IS

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Hlid

    Krokur Olfus, Selfoss, 801, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Edda Ml Laugarvatn

    Laugarvatni, Laugarvatn, 840, is

  • Hotel Selfoss

    Eyrarvegi 2, Selfoss, 800, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Geysir

    Haukadal, Selfoss, 801, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Fosstun

    Eyravegur 26, Selfoss, 800, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

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