Þakgil is a small enclosed canyon close to the ever present volcano, Katla, sheltered on all sides by steep, moss-covered vertical mountains. A lovely little freshwater stream trickles though the flat valley and a beautiful little waterfall appears when you climb a short distance up the gully. It wouldn´t surprise me if during your hike you would meet an elf, a troll or even a hobbit, it´s that kind of a place :)
The Fjallabak region takes its name from the numerous wild and rugged mountains with deeply incised valleys, which are found there
The Fjallabak Nature Reserve is one of Iceland´s most beautiful areas and well suited for walking. There are numerous opportunities for short and long hikes and the view can be stunning. 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 and we want to keep it that way
Lake Alftavatn (Swan Lake) is deep and decorative. Located between three glaciers high up in the Icelandic highlands and surrounded by mountains, green valleys and black sands.
In the past, whooper swans were hunted there, but after the drowning of the farmer of Fljotsdalur in 1838, witnessed by his teenage daughter, the hunt was abandoned.
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.