Iceland Travel Guide

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Reykjavík

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1259,4140,215

Höfn

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62,167,5

Ísafjörður

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22,47,0

Geysir

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68,291,0

Gullfoss

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74,183,0

Þingvellir

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76,369,0

Selfoss

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19,109,9

Vík í Mýrdal

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76,186,2

Mÿvatn

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85,444,5

Grindavík

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16,95,2

Hveragerði

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17,98,0

Vík

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33,101,1

Skaftafell

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64,171,0

Stykkishólmur

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19,102,2

Borgarnes

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16,123,5

Keflavík

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4,17,10

Siglufjörður

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11,50,0

Kirkjubæjarklaustur

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14,58,1

Bakkagerði

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10,48,0

Stokkseyri

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7,52,0

Hella

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10,62,4

Jökulsárgljùfur

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21,122,0

Haukadalur

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2,11,0

Laugarvatn

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6,38,3

Flatey

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9,39,0

Hafnir

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2,3,0

Stóridalur

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0,6,0

Blönduós

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7,4,0

Vestmannaeyjar

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0,4,2

Tungufell

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0,7,0

Skálholt

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9,50,0

Hrísey

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16,42,0

Reykjavík

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  • Hallgrimskirkja

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    Hallgrímskirkja is our biggest church (kirkja=church) and is named after Hallgrímur Pétursson, a reverend and hymn writer (1614-1674) who wrote the beautiful hymns "Passíusálmar" which are Iceland's most popular hymns (apart from the National anthem) and very dear to our Icelanders. Hallgrímskirkja is 73 m tall and was our biggest building until...

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  • Hilton Reykjavik Nordica

    Reykjavík Hotels

    Why do I say 'thanks Icelandair' ... ? Well, our 1 night stay in this hotel was paid for by...

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  • Kaffivagninn

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reykjavík Restaurants

    This was a restaurant that i had heard so much about so while i was walking around the old harbour i came across it, went in to check the menu out. I was attracted by the seafood on the menu and decided that i should come here at a later date, but again i failed to return as i just could not fit it in to my plans. There was a lovely deck where you...

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Höfn

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  • Ice Caving!

    Höfn Things to Do

    In winter (Nov-March) it is possible to trek out to and explore an ice cave - literally a cave formed from ice in the area of Jokulsarlon. This requires a specialist guide though as its pretty dangerous and can only be undertaken in winter - never attempt to do it without a specialist guide. On my trek we passed a huge pile of collapsed ice that...

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  • Hotel Hofn

    Höfn Hotels

    Vikurbraut, Hornafjorour, Hofn, IS-780, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • The harbour

    Höfn Things to Do

    Hofn this is a very little town of Iceland but they have a very nice harbor, walking around here in the evening is ideal if you like to have photos from the harbor Also one of the most important harbors for lobster fishing in Iceland and most of the restaurants in town serve lobster dishes as the local specialty

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Ísafjörður

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  • Getting to/from the Isafjordur airport

    Ísafjörður Transportation

    If you fly into Isafjordur, you can catch the Flybus (a little red van) that can take you into Isafjordur. Once you're in Isafjordur, stop in at the Cultural Center and you can get a voucher for the Flybus to return you to the airport. The Flybus in Isafjordur departs from Hotel Isafjordur - ask the people at the Cultural Center (Tourist Info...

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  • Pack suntan lotion and sunglasses

    Ísafjörður What to Pack

    Definitely bring suntan lotion and sunglasses with you, especially if it's a clear sunny day. The sun is intense, the air quality is sparkling clean, and you're surrounded by water and ice which reflect the sun to make things worse. I developed a wicked sunburn within 15 min and I didn't even realize it at first because the air was quite chilly....

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  • Kayak the fjord

    Ísafjörður Things to Do

    Next to Ísafjörður's Westfjords Maritime Museum is Saefari, a kayaking outfitter. I highly recommend arranging for a guide to take you kayaking out in the fjord amidst the breathtaking scree slopes and crisp water. www.westtours.is can set you up.

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Geysir

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  • SAY HELLO TO THE TROLL

    Geysir Things to Do

    If you wander over to Geysir Hotel which is not so far from the car park you can meet the resident troll and he will be only too happy to have his photograph taken with you. Other possible photography opportunities would include an old cart, a vintage car and in the hotel's garden an interesting sculpture of two men wrestling.There was a sign on...

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  • FORGET THE FOOD

    Geysir Restaurants

    I was extremely disappointed at the food on offer at the cafe in the souvenir shop as it was the type of food that would be sold at a cheaper establishment and practically everything on offer was not healthy. Hamburgers, french fries, pizza etc. I have to mention that the fish and chips would certainly not be worth buying as the meal consisted of a...

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  • EVERYTHING ICELANDIC

    Geysir Shopping

    Next to the Geysir Hotel is a large souvenir shop that sells everything Icelandic including woolen sweaters and hats, postcards, books, candles, trolls, reindeer skin, sheep skin, key rings, cups and even a hat with two hotrns sticking out of it. Prices are not cheap !

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Gullfoss

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  • SOUVENIRS AT GULLFOSS

    Gullfoss Shopping

    By the car park there is a cafe and souvenir shop. The souvenir shop sells all the same items as all the other souvenir shops such as woolen garments, books, magnets, toys, jewelry, Icelandic crafts. Don't forget that overseas visitors can shop tax free, saving 15% of the costs.

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  • SIGRIDUR TOMASDOTTIR -- A TRUE...

    Gullfoss Things to Do

    The path that leads from the car park down to the falls is called the Sigridur Trail which is dedicated in memory to Sigridur Tomasdottir (1871-1957) who made the first steps to the GULLFOSS falls with the help of her sisters, and guided visitors through the harsh terrain. In 1907 Sigridur's father leased the land to some foreign investors and...

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  • THE FORMATION OF THE GORGE

    Gullfoss Things to Do

    As you look down in awe at the gorge at Gullfoss did you ever think how it was formed? Flash floods forced water through the cracks in the basalt lava layers which eventually grew larger and larger until the gorge was formed. A tremendous amount of water flows down the river, sometimes reaching 2,000 cubic m per second which is enough to fill 60...

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Þingvellir

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  • Please don´t make cairns here.

    Þingvellir Things to Do

    This tip is about "things not to be done" really. There is a special view-spot on road 36. After driving through a desert like landscape for some period of time all of a sudden the view of Þingvellir and lake Þingvallavatn opens up. It is a beautiful sight, so most people stop here to take photos.Somebody thought of making a cairn here as a kind of...

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  • CHECK OUT THE VIEW AT THINGVELLIR...

    Þingvellir Things to Do

    Thingvellir Visitors Center stands very near the edge one of the tectonic plates at Hakid. Unfortunately we did not have time to visit the center as we were running late but we did have a couple of minutes to walk to the viewpoint at the edge of the plate. The view was spectacular as one could see the lake, the river and the park where we had...

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  • THINGVILLER CHURCH CEMETERY

    Þingvellir Things to Do

    The cemetery is just opposite the front of the church and it looks more like a garden with its 30 or so graves. Most of the gravestones were upright but there was a very old one where the stone was laying horizontal on the ground, which probably meant that it was from around the 18th century.

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Selfoss

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  • A CHESS CHAMPION IN EXILE

    Selfoss Things to Do

    Around 10 kms from Selfoss in the direction of Vik you will be able to see a house where Bobby Fischer used to live. Bobby Fischer, the chess maestro who won the title in Iceland back in 1972 by beating the Russian Spassky . He became the champion after the contest too k 3 months from July ot September winning 12 1/2 to 8 1/2. He made anti American...

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  • Grimsborgir Guest House

    Selfoss Hotels

    Asborgir 30, Selfoss, 801, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • A PRISON TURNED IN TO A GUEST HOUSE

    Selfoss Things to Do

    Bitra Guest House can be seen around 8 kms after you leave Selfoss on the way to Vik. It was originally built as an eighteen room prison for women but was never used. Now it is a guest house with large spacious rooms but small toilets. LIFE AS A PRISONER IN ICELAND.I believe that there are 5 prisons in Iceland that can accommodate less than 200...

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Vík í Mýrdal

  • Sólheimajökull Glacier walk

    Vík í Mýrdal Things to Do

    We did this tour with Icelandic Mountain Guides (Sólheimajökull Exploration Tour IMG12) starting from the end of road 221 near Skogar.It's a 3 hours or so tour with crampons and was pretty good if you don't want to take an all-day tour.The weather was not good but we still had a good time with the guide giving us plenty of time for photos &...

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  • Edda Plus

    Vík í Mýrdal Hotels

    Allow me to preface this tip by stating that my wife and I did not stay at Hotel Edda. We were in...

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  • Puffin watching at Dyrholaey

    Vík í Mýrdal Things to Do

    Note that access to the last kilometer or so before the cliffs is closed at night according to different times of the year to protect the birds.In late May access was open from 8am to 7pm.For best chance of seeing puffins, go as late as possible in the evening. During the day puffins seems to be at sea. We saw 2, both between 18:30 and 19:00.Bring...

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Mÿvatn

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  • The Sigurgeir's Birds Museum

    Mÿvatn Things to Do

    By Lake Mývatn you can find the largest private bird collection in Iceland at the Sigurgeir's Birds Museum or "Fuglasafn Sigurgeirs Stefánssonar".Sigurgeir Stefánsson was born and raised at Mývatn. He was an avid bird and egg collector and he owned a large collection of stuffed birds. He kept his collection in a shed at Ytri-Neslönd, where the...

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  • Hotel Reynihlid

    Mÿvatn Hotels

    We stayed in Reynihilo after doing a lot of research on the net as nothing else was available. In...

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  • A monument on a tragic accident on Lake...

    Mÿvatn Things to Do

    By the north-west side of Lake Mývatn there is a monument of a tragic accident, which happened at Lake Mývatn on the 26th of October 1999.Three men in a boat were putting a fibre optic cable in the lake when bad weather hit them and they drowned. Their names were: Böðvar Björgvinsson (employee at Síminn telephone company), Jón Kjartansson (employee...

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Grindavík

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  • Tyrkjaránið - The Turkish abduction.

    Grindavík Things to Do

    In 1627 the Algerians, which Icelanders believed to be Turks back then, attacked Iceland, including Grindavík, and took away with them slaves from here, 12 Icelanders and 3 Danes. These people were sold into slavery in Salé in Morocco.This attack has always been called Tyrkjaránið or The Turkish abduction- even though it is now known that they were...

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  • Northern Light Inn

    Grindavík Hotels

    This is the obvious hotel to stay a last night before taking off. Thank you agapotravel for your...

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  • The Memorial for fishermen.

    Grindavík Things to Do

    As in every hamlet in Iceland there is a memorial for fishermen in Grindavik. It is called Vonin or The Hope, and shows a woman with two kids waiting and hoping for her husband to return back from sea. It is heartbreaking seeing this, as so many women lost their husbands at sea and so many children lost their father at sea. And many sons drowned...

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Hveragerði

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  • The clicking hot-spring by the river

    Hveragerði Things to Do

    When I was staying at the Frost and Fire hotel by the river Varmá I especially liked sitting outside on the terrace listening to the clicking hot-spring on the other side of the river. I have seen such clicking hot springs in Reykjadalur valley above Hveragerði. This happens when the hot-springs are located under a cliff and when they boil they...

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  • The Geothermal area above Hveragerði.

    Hveragerði Things to Do

    There is a geothermal area with hot springs just outside of Hveragerði town by the roots of the mountain Reykjafjall. When in Hveragerði it is well worth visiting this area. It is just a couple of minutes further up the main-road in Hveragerði and ca a 7 minutes' walk from the main road.There was an earthquake here in May 2008 and it played havoc...

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  • Grýla (Grýta) - hot spring.

    Hveragerði Things to Do

    Grýta or Grýla as it is sometimes called is a hot spring just outside of Hveragerði - above the town. The reason for it to have 2 names is due to a typo. Icelanders use either name, I use Grýta as that is what my parents called it. But its name is Grýla (the mother of the Yulelads). It appears that another hot spring called "Leppalúði" (the father...

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Vík

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  • ONE DAY THERE WILL BE A FLASH FLOOD

    Vík Warnings and Dangers

    The Mýrdalsjökull glacier lies directly above Vik, and the glacier itself sits on top of the Katla Volcano which has not erupted since 1918, but sooner or later it will erupt again. If the volcano erupts the heat will melt instantly millions of cubic feet of ice and snow from the glacier which will trigger enormous flash floods. Should this ever...

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  • Hofdabrekka

    Vík Hotels

    Hofgabrekka is a very good hotel located abou 5 km far from the town of Vik and it is locateded in a...

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  • ONE DAY THERE WILL BE A FLASH FLOOD

    Vík Warnings and Dangers

    The Mýrdalsjökull glacier lies directly above Vik, and the glacier itself sits on top of the Katla Volcano which has not erupted since 1918, but sooner or later it will erupt again. If the volcano erupts the heat will melt instantly millions of cubic feet of ice and snow from the glacier which will trigger enormous flash floods. Should this ever...

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Skaftafell

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  • Skaftafellsjökull glacier and...

    Skaftafell Things to Do

    Skaftafellsjökull - glacier is located in Skaftafell national park. From the Visitor Centre at Skaftafell there is an hour's hike back and forth to the glacier. Dress warmly as the temperature drops when you get close to the glacier. Don't get too close though and never go on the glacier unaccompanied. In front of the glacier there used to be...

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  • Lambhagi "Lamb pastures" in Skaftafell.

    Skaftafell Things to Do

    Now this is a beautiful spot in Skaftafell. In the olden days until 1900 ewes were milked by the farmers. Their lambs were kept here in Lambhagi overnight as the ewes were milked in the mornings. After the milking the ewes and the lambs were reunited.This is such a lovely spot and imagining it being crowded by lambs makes it even more special. The...

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  • Svartifoss waterfall - the Black falls.

    Skaftafell Things to Do

    Svartifoss is situated in Skaftafell in S-Iceland. At the Visitor centre you can get information on how to get to Svartifoss waterfall. It is 1,5 kilometres from the Visitor centre, uphill and on the way to Svartifoss you come across 2 other waterfalls Þjófafoss (Thieves' fall) and Hundafoss (Dogs´fall). The hike is ca 90 minutes back and forth...

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Stykkishólmur

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  • Library of Water

    Stykkishólmur Things to Do

    Situated in the lovely little town of Stykkishólmur is the Library of Water, which is nice place to spend a reflective hour. The library is made up of columns of water, taken from glaciers. There are 24 columns but one of the sampled glaciers is now gone - sad proof of global warming? There are also 'weather reports' - words reflecting the weather...

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  • Hotel Stykkisholmur

    Stykkishólmur Hotels

    Borgarbraut 8, Stykkisholmur 340, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Bird life in Breiðafjarðareyjar islands.

    Stykkishólmur Things to Do

    The islands are thought to be countless or ca 2.500. And it is believed that 25% of all the shore-line in island is here in Breiðafjareyjar islands. The tide and down draft is higher here than in other places in Iceland.This area is one of the best areas in the world to spot leviathans; the blue whale, humpback and killer whales.The bird life here...

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Borgarnes

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  • The Settlement Centre - Landnámssetrið.

    Borgarnes Things to Do

    There is an excellent exhibition in Borgarnes at The Settlement Centre (Landnámssetrið) which depicts one of the heroes of our Sagas - Egill Skallagrímsson in Egilssaga or the Saga of Egill. There are two exhibitions, one on the Settlement of Iceland until the establishment of Alþingi, the old Viking Parliament in 930, and the other on Egill...

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  • Hraunsnef Country Hotel

    Borgarnes Hotels

    Nordurardal 311, Borgarnes, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • The view-dial in Borgarnes.

    Borgarnes Things to Do

    There is a view-dial on Hrafnaklettur in Borgarnes, with information on the names of the mountains in the area around Borgarnes. I am always on the look-out of view-dials and I find the surroundings of this view-dial to be especially interesting.The view-dial is located on top of a cold water-tank. The view-dial is on a red pedestal with a white...

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