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
Landmannalaugar is a pearl of the Icelandic interior is situated in a valley between colourful mountains at the dark edge of the rhyolite lava field and the mountains are split with gullies and gorges
It is a geothermal wonderland with steaming sulphur pots in the hills and natural hot springs where people can bathe. But most of all it´s a beautiful place to visit and you should take your time and admire the view and I consider myself a very lucky person to be able to enjoy this on a regular basis
Landmannalaugar is an astonishing place, a hot springs area set in a flat gravel plain between a glacial river and the front of a fifteenth-century lava flow
Landmannalaugar (600m above sea level) includes the largest geothermal field in Iceland outside the Grímsvötn caldera in Vatnajökull. Its weird peaks are made of rhyolite – a mineral-filled lava that cooled unusually slowly, causing those amazing colours
As you can see in this small freshwater stream the rocks are all shades of yellow and orange with a hint of green
If you ever have the opportunity to visit the island of Flatey you should do so. 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, which leads from the ferry dock to the so-called “old village”, which consists of some beautifully restored and painted old houses of the island’s original inhabitants
On this charming island the time stands still. Most of Flatey´s houses are from the 19th century, so strolling about gives one the impression of travelling back in time. There is a lot of birdlife to enjoy, dolphins can be spotted off the coast and sheep stroll around lazily.
When it came to finding a name for this mountain they must have run out of all original ideas….it´s simply called Big green mountain!
This is from the Fjallabak (Behind the mountains) region that takes its name from the numerous wild and rugged mountains with deeply incised valleys, which are found there. It´s demanding but a popular hiking area with stunning landskape
The Icelandic mountain areas can be pretty desolate to say the least. Long stretches of black, mossy sands and rocks with mountains on all sides
The roads up there are rough and bumpy and can only be driven on 4x4 and you have to cross few unbridged rivers on the way. However is this a part of a famous trekking rout that is noted for the wide variety of landscapes that are experienced in just 55 km (34 mi). The route is typically completed over 2–4 days with potential stops at some mountain huts on the way and if you look at the larger size of this photo you can see 3 hikers.
It is a very special feeling to be at places like this where you can walk for hours without seeing anybody. It´s only you and the mountains
Almost everyone speaks english, at least younger people. So even if you don´t speak a word in the language it´s usually no problem.