The island of Flatey is a fun place to visit when traveling around Iceland. It´s small, only some two kilometers long and about one kilometer wide. The island has a seasonal habitation; most houses there are occupied only during summer. In winter, the island’s total population is five people. The island has only the one single road and visitors are not allowed to bring their cars to the island
Here some fishermen are gutting their fish and that means a feast for the arctic terns since they throw all leftovers in the air for them to catch
Extending up to the foothills of Langjökull glacier, Hveravellir is a geothermal hotspot with smoking fumaroles and bubbling water holes. It is a unique nature reserve situated on the Kjolur route in the middle of the west highlands and since it´s about 630 metres above sea level you´ll have exceptional views of Langjökull and Hofsjökull Glaciers in good weather
The sun recently shot two giant waves of charged plasma in our direction. They hit the Earth’s magnetic field on Thursday and Friday, creating strong geomagnetic storms
Fortunately, these solar storms aren’t expected to be catastrophic and for us living here up north in Iceland it means northern lights show, if it´s not cloudy that is. And that´s what we got tonight :)
Here they are over the city of Reykjavik
The Fjallabak Nature Reserve high up in the Icelandic interior, was established in 1979. The Nature reserve is 47.000 hectares and is over 500 meters above sea level. The land is mountainous, sculptured by volcanoes and geothermal activity, covered by lavas, sands, rivers and lakes. The objective of Nature Reserve is to protect natural features so that forthcoming generations will have the opportunity to enjoy them as we do today
Great stretches of Europe’s last wildernesses risk being damaged and polluted as the international mining industry gears up to develop northern Finland, Sweden, and Norway in search of uranium, iron ore, nickel, phosphorus, and valuable rare earth minerals, according to environmentalists.
We must protect the nature from the corporate greed by all means!!
Located in western highlands of Iceland Hveravellir Nature Reserve is one of the last great wilderness areas of Europe.
Extending up to the foothills of Langjökull glacier Hveravellir is a geothermal hotspot with smoking fumaroles and bubbling water holes
The fine group of peaks known as Kerlingarfjöll (The Ogress’ Mountains) were named after a high rock pillar that is said to be a female troll who was turned to stone as she was hit by daylight back when her kin roamed the country. The mountains—roughly 1,100-1,500 meters tall—are part of a large, local centre of volcanic activity that has been around for a long time but is probably extinct by now. But who knows, we have a eruption going on right now few hundred kilometers away
Going up to the Icelandic interior is an amazing experience. Mountains and glaciers in all directions and the view from up there is awesome
Hveravellir is an oasis in the center of the Icelandic wilderness, in between Langjokull (Iceland’s second largest glacier) and Hofsjokull (Iceland’s third largest glacier).
Hveravellir means “Hot spring - fields” due to the number of geothermal hot springs and steam vents. Besides the great unspoiled mountain view and big vistas, it has a great natural geothermal pool.
I love coastlines. Not so much the white sandy beaches you see in the holiday brochures but something like this, at the Snæfellsnes pninsula w-Iceland with it´s unique rock formations that the north-atlantic ocean has shaped over the centuries and now occupied by thousands of birds and the mountains in the background
A walk along a dramatic coastline like this fills you up with energy
The desolate wilderness and tranquility are the main characteristics of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. It is 47.000 hectares and is over 500 meters above see level.
The Fjallabak region takes its name from the numerous wild and rugged mountains with deeply incised valleys, which are found there. The area is mostly undisturbed and the protection order has meant that utilisation of the land has been sensible and the conduct of it fairly good.
There are no real roads, only old trails and you have to cross a small river from time to time but there are many opportunities for short and long hikes across this vast area
A very interesting old path follows the coastline between Arnarstapi and Hellnar on the southern side of the Snaefellsnes peninsula W-Iceland, where you can see old lending places of fishermen, lots of birds, like the kittiwake, the Arctic tern and the fulmar and pass through a lava field. Along the coast there are some unique rock formations to be seen like this one where it forms almost a full circle with water in the middle. It is fascinating to see how the different forces of nature have shaped this area through the ages