Place of the week – Látrabjarg – West Fjords

Látrabjarg is the westernmost point of Iceland (and Europe if Greenland and the Azores are not counted). It’s the cliffs of all cliffs, a line of several cliffs, 14 kilometres long and up to 441 m high. And it’s as steep as it gets, dizzyingly so.

Safe from foxes, the birds are fearless, and provide stunning photographic opportunities from close range. The puffins are particularly tame and are the ones frequenting the grassy, higher part of the cliffs. But look out, the edges are fragile and loose and the fall is high.

Látrabjarg is the most visited tourist attraction in the Westfjords. The cliffs are easily accessible by car (road no 612) and when you’re there, a walk along the cliffs awaits.

The whirling sensation will not fade, and neither will the memories.

Place of the week – Þorvaldseyri near Eyjafjallajökull

Eyjafjallajökull, (1,666 m) a volcano covered by about 100 km2 of glacier.
Three eruptions in historical times, in 1612, 1821-22 and in April 2010 when tens of thousands of travellers were left stranded in airports around Europe.

It is comparatively easy to climb Eyjafjallajökull glacier and there is a choice of routes. Some find it difficult to pronunce Eyjafjallajökull.

The farmers at Þorvaldseyri living at the foot of Eyjafjallajökull always knew the volcano was a sleeping giant. They temporarily evacuated the farm but returned and opened a Visitor Centre, an information centre dedicated to the dramatic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2011.

Place of the week – Mývatn Area North of the Bárðarbunga Eruption

The nearest village to the eruption area North og Bárðarbunga / Vatnajökull Glacier is Reykjahlíð in the Mývatn Area. Reykjahlíð is 100 km away from the eruption. The Mývatn Area is one of the most popular tourist destination in Iceland.

The lake Mývatn was created by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago, and the surrounding landscape is dominated by volcanic landforms, including lava pillars and pseudocraters. The bigger island to the rihgt on the photo is a pseudocrater.

The lake and its surrounding wetlands have an exceptionally rich fauna of waterbirds, especially ducks.

Place of the week – Möðrudalur north of Vatnajökull Glacier

Möðrudalur is a farm situated in the higlands nort of Vatnajökull Glacier, only about 70 km from the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun.

From Möðrudalur there is a very good view of the surrounding mountains especially the majestic Herðu­breið, which is one of the most beautiful mountains in Iceland and over to the eruption at Holuhraun which is just south of Herðubreið.

Möðrudalur has been inhabited since the settlement of Iceland and was one of the most important settlements in the early days. It is situated at a higher altitude than any other farm in Iceland; also one of the most isolated.

A tiny church was built at Möðrudalur in 1949 by the farmer Jón Stefánsson in memory if his wife. Stefánsson also painted the altar–piece himself.