Place of the week – Selá swimming pool

The Selá swimming pool East Icleand is on the banks of the salmon-rich river Selá. It is a beautiful setting for a swimming pool and it is famous for its surroundings.

Nearby is a hot water spring which has been used for many years for bathing. Today the spring waters are used to heat up the water in the swimming pool.

Access for handicapped people is good and there is also a picnic area and a large sundeck, as well as a large hot tub and wading pool for children. The pool is open daily during the summer months from 10:00 – 20:00.

Selá swimming pool is 3.5 km from road 85 on the way to Bakkafjörður, 12 km from the village of Vopnafjörður.

Place of the week – Þingvellir in South Iceland

Þingvellis is known as one of the most important places in Icelandic history. In the year 930 the Alþingi, one of the oldest parliamentary institutions of the world, was founded.

The Alþingi met yearly, where the Lawspeaker recited the law to all of the gathered people and decided disputes as well. Since the year 1798 Alþingi has been in Reykjavík.

Þingvellir is a national park because of the special tectonic and volcanic environment. The continental drift can be clearly seen in the cracks or faults which are traversing the region.

Þingvellir is a designated UNESCO World Heritag Site

Place of the week – Vitinn Restaurant in Sandgerði

Place of the week is the restaurant Vitinn (The Lighthouse) in the little fishing village of Sandgerði, less than 10 minutes drive from Keflavik Airport. An excellent place to visit on the way to or from the airport.

Husband and wife team Stefan and Brynhildur, have nurtured the lovely Lighthouse restaurant and bar for many years.

The building itself is in the style of an old Icelandic house, its wooden walls evocatively decorated with pictures and curios of fish and fishing from years gone by.

Outside, there is a big fish tank, where you can take a closer look at live fish and shellfish and learn a little about the various local species. Rock Crab is the Lighthouse specialty.

In Sandgerði you can wander round the harbour and watch the boats come in with the latest catch.

Place of the week – The Cruise Ship Ocean Diamond

The first Icelandic passenger ship for decades, Ocean Diamond, left Reykjavík harbour yesterday evening for its first reglular cruise around Iceleland.

Ocean Diamond will sail to Stykkishólmur, Ísafjörður, Siglufjörður, Akureyri, island Flatey on Skjálfandi, Seyðisfjörður and the Westmann Islands. The Capitol will be the ships home port until 2020.

On board there are icelandic guides and entertainers. They will lead the guests to the icelandic culture and nature on the ocean and ashore. Icelandic food will be served.

It is Iceland ProCruises, daugther company of Island ProTravel Holding, that runs the Diamond.