If you are planning a trip to Iceland and intend to rent a car and drive around, you need to be aware of the unusual conditions that are often found on the country's roads.
Most visitors will travel on Highway no.1 or the Ring Road which, as the name implies, goes all around Iceland. Despite being the main highway, drivers can encounter many peculiarities along the way such as gravel roads, single lane bridges and blind hills.
During the summer drivers also need to be aware of free ranging sheep, that are left to graze the country during the summer months, as they have a tendency to hurriedly cross the roads with their flock of lambs.
Most importantly, be careful not be too distracted by the ever-changing scenery. It is safer to find the nearest lay-by, step out of the car and enjoy.
Click here to watch a video prepared by The Icelandic Transport Authority on how to drive safely in Iceland.
Proud supporters join players in a goosebump inducing "Viking war cry" during homecoming party
Crowds of people lined the streets of downtown Reykjavik, as the team passed by on a double decker bus before being met by thousands of cheering fans at Arnarhóll, the spot where people had previously gathered to watch the matches against England and France during the Euro 2016. Click here to see the "Viking war cry" video
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Play Golf Under the Midnight Sun
Around 20. June you can play golf all the 24 hours. Try playing golf at midnight! See more here
Protesters pelted the house of Parliament with bananas, eggs and skyr
Yesterday’s protests were by and large peaceful, according to the Metropolitan Police. Initial reports had indicated someone had exploded a home-made bomb near the house of parliament, but the Chief Superintendent of the Metropolitan Police told The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service RÚV the reported explosions had probably been caused by people setting off fireworks. The crowds pelted the house of parliament with bananas, eggs and toilet paper rolls.
The best lunch in Reykjavík
You’re on holiday. You awaken after a long, nice lie-in, feeling completely rested but a little peckish and you begin to wonder: Where could I go for the perfect lunch? Well, you’re in luck! With the assistance of four local gastronomists we’ve compiled a list of some of the capital’s best lunches. Click here to see the list
Northen Lights in Iceland
A hot-dog stand on Langjökull glacier, unifies two of the greatest things about Iceland: hot-dogs and glaciers!
Any local will tell you that a visit to Iceland is not really complete if you fail to taste a traditional Icelandic hot-dog. And many foreign travellers feel that a visit to Iceland is not complete unless they get to visit a glacier. Finally, these two things can be crossed off your list in one strike, as Iceland Mountaineers has set up a traditional Icelandic hot dog stand on Langjökull glacier. Click here for more info
The Blue Lagoon re-opened after being drained and expanded
The Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations has been re-opened after being closed to the public for two and a half weeks. On January 5 the lagoon was closed and emptied so that the lagoon could be expanded and improved. A new, greatly expanded and improved lagoon opened on January 21. Click here for more info
The Geothermal area Krýsuvík
Krýsuvík is close to Reykjavik 30 min drive so it is easy and cheap to visit. At Krýsuvík, dramatic red, green, and yellow coloured hills frame an expanse of steaming volcanic vents and boiling hot springs. Only a twenty-five minute drive from the centre of Hafnarfjörður, Krýsuvík is one of the most striking landscapes in Iceland. A well-maintained boardwalk winds through the bubbling and hissing field and information signage explaines the geology of the geothermal area. Strong hikers can climb to the massive steaming vent (solfatara) at the top of the hill for a spectacular view of the ocean, the fields and the lakes. Click here for more info and click here for map
This autumn French photographer Christophe Suarez is heading to Iceland for the third time in the hunt for the northern lights. He is represented by a French agency specialized in nature and the environment and has had his photos published in various magazines, mainly in Europe but has also in the United States and Asia. Click here for more info
The city offers a great variety in food culture. Local cousine, as well as Asian and South European cousine are easy to find. As a proud fishing nation, the fish offered on restaurants are fresh and the dishes can be quite creative. Click here for more info
Holuhraun eruption new video updates- fresh video
Forceful volcanic activity was observed today in Holuhraun, when a cameraman from RUV flew over Holuhraun north of Vatnajokull. The eruption shows no signs of abating, sending a stream of glowing lava out from the crater towards the lava field which is now more then 72 square kilometers in size. Click here to see video
Fresh eruption: 60 m high lava fountains, see the picture above.
Visit Iceland on Google Street view before you arrive
Great way to find out what places you want to visit in your Iceland trip https://www.google.com/maps/views/streetview/iceland-highlights?gl=us
Bathe in a hot river in the beautiful Reykjadalur valley
The name of the valley, Reykjadalur, means Steam Valley and you will understand why when the valley opens up after the hike. The valley is filled with hot springs and mud pools and there is even a hot river in which one can bathe for free! The Reykjadalur valley is part of the Hengill area, but Mt. Hengill is an extinct volcano, which was active 120,000 years ago. Click here for more info I
IS ICELAND'S BLUE LAGOON A WASTE OF MONEY, TIME, AND YOUR SOUL?
“Surrounded with amazing nature, the Blue Lagoon is an oasis of relaxation.”This one is pretty true, but only if “amazing nature” means construction cranes and “oasis of relaxation” means wiping sweat off your algae-smeared forehead and thinking, “Hm, was this plastic cup of warm red wine worth the $10?” It wasn’t. What about trip to Iceland many swimming pools instead?? See more here
In the span of a year, Grandi harbour area has transformed into the ultimate food paradise offering a variety of new and exciting eating-out options and delicatessen shops. Eat your way through what has become Reykjavík‘s most delicious food district with the help of this little list. Click here for more info
Ten of icelands most beautiful waterfalls The video was taken with drone Click here
"You feel the heat and you can taste the sulphur," says Einar Rafnsson, an experienced cameraman and pilot, who took those magnificent photographs last Saturday, while flying over the Holuhraun eruption with a collague from RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. A webcam of the mountain is available here.
Dettifoss is the biggest waterfall i Europe. It is located in north east Iceland