Place of the week – Hvítserkur in North Iceland

Hvítserkur is a 15 m high basalt stack along the eastern shore of the Vatnsnes peninsula, in northwest Iceland, by road no 711.

The rock has two holes at the base, which give it the appearance of a dragon who is drinking. The base of the stack has been reinforced with concrete to protect its foundations from the sea.

Several species of birds, such as gulls and fulmars, live on at Hvítserkur and its name (“white shirt” in Icelandic) comes from the color of the guano deposited on its rocks.

Photo Bjarki Björgúlfsson

Place of the week – The Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island

The Imagine Peace Tower is a memorial to John Lennon from his widow, Yoko Ono, located on Viðey Island near Reykjavík.

It consists of a tall tower of light, projected from a white stone monument that has the words “Imagine Peace” carved into it in 24 languages. These words, and the name of the tower, are a reference to Lennon’s peace anthem Imagine.

Buried underneath the light tower are upward of 500,000 written wishes that Ono gathered over the years in another project, called “Wish Trees”.

The tower lit every year from October 9th, Lennon’s birthday, through December 8th, the date he died.

Photo Ragnar Th Sigurðsson

Place of the week – The Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis

The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are visible in Iceland from September until April.

The best time in the day to see them is around 9 pm till 2 am.
There is a strong connection between the solar winds and the Northern Lights. The lights are caused by the speed of the solar winds, and the direction and magnitude of their magnetic fields.

Many tour operators in Iceland offer mystery evening tours “to hunt for the Northern Lights”.

The Northern Lights can only be seen on a clear night.

Place of the week – Þverá in Laxárdal North Iceland

Place of the week this time is Þverá in Laxárdalur, North Iceland by road no 856.

At Þverá is a traditional turf house built in 1849-1851. All of Iceland´s remaining turf houses now belong to our National Museum and are a part of the National Museum’s Historic Buildings Collection.

Þverá turf house has belonged to the museum since 1968 and it was preserved in 1990.

There is an old church at Þverá, built 1878.

This photo is from the church window showing the old turf house at Þverá.

Photo Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir

Place of the week – Shark Museum at Bjarnarhöfn West Iceland

The place of this week is the Shark Museum at Bjarnarhöfn. It is located on the northern side of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, by road 54.

Shark fishing and the production of shark meat has been a part of the family at Bjarnarhöfn for generations. It has long been a vital part of of the lives and the economic lifeline for the family.

Guests are invited to take a personally guided tour of the museum and will see the preparation of shark meat first hand when their guide accompanies them to the drying house. Shark meat (hákarl) and dried fish (harðfiskur) may be purchased at the museum.

Sample a taste while you’re there – you know you want to!

Place of the week – Snæfellsjökull Glacier in West Iceland

Snæfellsjökull is a 700,000-year-old stratovolcano with a glacier covering its summit.

It is situated on the most western part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It can easily been seen from the city of Reykjavík over the bay of Faxaflói, at a distance of 120 km.

The mountain is one of the most famous sites of Iceland, primarily due to the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) by Jules Verne, in which the protagonists find the entrance to a passage leading to the center of the earth on Snæfellsjökull.

The mountain is included in the Snæfellsjökull National Park. In August 2012 the summit was ice-free for the first time in recorded history.

Place of the week – Akureyri town festival

The theme of the Akureyri Town Festival 2016 is PLAY – INSPECT – CREATE.

The Birthday of Akureyri is celebrated annually on the last weekend of August. The opening ceremony of the festival always takes place on Friday evening in the Botanical Garden. Other highlights are: the Ghost Hunt Evening in the old town, Science Center and events along the Artist Alley.

On Saturday night there is a Candle lighting at the church steps. Guests are encouraged to light a candle and put it on one of the many church steps as a symbol of peace for everyone, everywhere.

One of the biggest event is a sing along with Ingó, a well known Icelandic singer on the Saturday evening.

More information visit Akureyri.

Place of the week – Glaumbær in Skagafjörður North Iceland

The turfhouse at Glaumbær in Skagafjörður (road 75) is a part of The Skagafjörður Heritage Museum. It is a centre for conservation and research on local history and cultural heritage in the Skagafjörður district.

The old farmhouse at Glaumbær is built of turf, stones and timber. Turf houses similar to this were built all over Iceland for centuries.

Between 1879 and 1939, the farmhouse at Glaumbær remained unchanged; it was repaired and declared a conserved site in 1947, the year the last inhabitants moved out.

The Glaumbær museum ground is open 9-18 to 20th of September, entrance 1500 kr.

Visit to the museum give you a glimpse of the life of Icelanders in last century.

Place of the week – The Njal´s Saga tapestry in Hvolsvöllur

The Njal´s Saga tapestry in The Saga Centre in Hvolsvöllur South Iceland is a 90 m long wall-tapestry in progress, where Njal´s Saga – the most famous of the medieval Sagas of Iclelanders – is told and depicted from beginning to end in embroderied form.

The work started in February 2013 and now half of it has been sewn already. Most of the sewing is done by local women (and men) but over 6000 people from all around the world have taken part.

Every guest at the Saga Centre is welcome (for a small fee) to take a few stiches and become part-contributor to this very ambitious art-work.

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Boys of the week – The Icelandic Football Team

We are a proud Nation, proud of our boys they won England 2 – 1 in EM in Nice in France.

Half of the Nation is heading for Paris where our boys will play against France on Sunday, July the 2nd.

A new president Guðni Jóhannesson was elected on Saturday, om Monday he was in Nice watching the game with the proud fans.