Place of the week – Vík in South Iceland

Vík attracts a great number of tourists year – round, who come to experience its famed natural beauty and mild climate. A large arctic tern nesting colony is located east of Vík, while Mt. Reynisfjall, to the west, is home to a vast number of bird species, including puffin, fulmar, auk and kittiwake.

The entire area is perfect for nature lovers and many lovely hiking paths exist in Vík and its surrounding regions.

Brydebúð, the origins of which date from 1831, an information centre, a café, and exhibitions about living conditions, nature, climate. There is a memorial to German seafarers in Vík.

Photo, South Iceland Marketing Office.

Place of the week – Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík

Hallgrímskirkja Church is a Lutheran parish church in Reykjavík. At 73 metres (244 ft), it is the largest church in Iceland.

The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614 to 1674), author of the Passion Hymns.

The church is also used as an observation tower. An observer can take a lift up to the viewing deck and view Reykjavík and the surrounding mountains.

The statue of explorer Leif Eriksson (c. 970 – c. 1020) is in front of the church
. Leifur was the first European to discover America. The statue was a gift from the United States in honor of the 1930 Alþingi Millennial Festival, commemorating the 1000th anniversary of Iceland’s parliament at Þingvellir in 930 AD.

Palce of the week – Ísafjörður

Among the most popular music festivals in Iceland Aldrei fór ég suður will be held in Ísafjörður, the capital of West Fjords at Easter, on April 18th & 19th.

Concerts start just before dinner time on friday and will continue around 16:00 the next day. Altough there is a tradition to have a little foreplay on the thursday before the festival, with a few well selected bands.

During the week there are all kinds of outdoor events in the day and parties during the night.The Ísafjörður Ski Week has been held during Easter for over 70 years. You will find mopre information on those two webpages and

Place of the week – Seyðisfjörður

The shipping company Smyril Line has been operating for over 30 years in the North Atlantic. With Smyril Line you can follow in the footsteps of the Vikings across the North Atlantic. M/S Norröna is sailing the route between Denmark and Seyðiðsfjöðrur in East Iceland with stops in the Faroe Islands along the way. The ferry is operating all year around arriving in Seyðisfjöðrur once a week. This week 300 passenger came to Seyðisfjörður.

Seyðisfjörður, a fjord skillfully carved by the ice age glacier.It is home to approximately 700 residents, who have traditionally lived off fishing. In recent years, however, tourism has grown rapidly. Seyðisfjörður has been an important trading center from the nineteenth century up to modern times, due to natural harbor and proximity to the european continent. The colourful, Norwegian-style wooden houses, dating from the early years of the 20th. century render this village unique in Iceland. Walking trails around town, out along the coast, or by the Fjarðará River, allow for many pleasurable and relaxing experiences.