Place of the week – Breiðafjörður islands West Iceland

Breiðafjörður Bay is renowned for its stunning beauty, with the perfect frame of mountains, high and low, highlighting the scenery. The most famous of these mountains is the majestic and mystical Snæfellsnes Glacier, towering at the coastal edge of the peninsula.

The southern islands of Breiðafjörður Bay are teeming with a fantastic variety of bird life.

Seatours in Stykkishólmur offer a variety of sightseeing tours on the Bay, including bird watching, sea angling and day tours to the Island of Flatey.

Place of the week – Reykjanes

Reykjanes, the southwestern point of the Reykjanes peninsula, barren, with lava and a much–indented coastline.

Much geothermal heat, sulphur and mud springs. The best known hot spring being Gunnuhver, named after a female ghost that was laid there. She had caused great disturbance until a priest set a trap for her and she fell into the spring. This happend about 400 years ago.

The first lighthouse in Iceland was built there in 1878.

Just off the coast is a tuff pinnacle rock, Karl (51 m) part of which fell away in the winter of 1969.

Place of the week – Sea Monster Museum in Westfjords

In Bíldudalur, a little village in the Westfjords you find a very interesting Sea Monster Museum.

Tales of sea monsters have played a colorful role in Icelandic folk culture for centuries and thousands of written accounts can be found all around the country.

Today, these elusive creatures that still appear in Westfjords have been given a worthy home at the Icelandic Sea Monster Museum in Bíldudalur, proclaimed to be one of the most prolific centers of monster activity in Iceland.

Visitors to the Sea Monster Museum watch these remarkable creatures brought to life through a lively mix of words, images and videos, an action-packed multimedia display that culminates in a spectacular interactive plinth, the first of its kind in Iceland.

The Icelandic Sea Monster Museum is open daily from 09.00-22.00, May 1 – September 20.