Place of the week – Dverghamrar South Iceland

Dverghamrar (Dwarf Cliff) are peculiar twin columnar basalt cliffs forming a horseshoe shape, just east of the farm Foss down from the Ring Road, 55 km west from Skaftafell.

The Dverghamrar landscape was formed by wave action when the sea level was higher at the end of the Ice Age. Such columns are often found where lava has flowed into water
and been abruptly cooled.

The cliffs are a protected natural site.

Place of the week – Húsafell West Iceland

Húsafell, West Iceland is a unique natural gem in a magnificent landscape. Húsafell nature is characterized by dense woods, lava formations, crystal-clear mountain springs, hot water, magnificent ravines, glaciers and rushing glacial rivers.

Guests can enjoy outdoor geothermal swimming pool, hot tubs,9 hole golf course, various outdoor activitys and hiking trails in the area.

A new luxury hotel, Hótel Húsafell just opened. The hotel is built in harmony with mother nature (photo). From the restaurant guests can enjoy stunning views over the marvellous mountain panorama in Húsafell. The hotel is beautifully decorated with paintings by Húsafell´s own world-renowed artist, Páll Guðmundsson.

Húsafell is only 12o km from Reykjavík, by road 518 West Iceland.

Place of the week – Svartifoss Waterfall near Vatnajökull

Svartifoss (Black Fall) is a waterfall in Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park, and is one of the most popular sights in the park. It is surrounded by dark lava columns, which gave rise to its name.

These basalt columns have provided inspiration for Icelandic architects, most visibly in the Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík, and also the National Theatre.

The Svartifoss waterfall is about 1.5km from the visitor centre at Skaftafell.

Place of the week – Hornbjarg Cliff Westfjords

Hornbjarg is a sheer cliff with one of the greatest seafowl habitats in the country. On the photo The captain of the Cruiseship Ocean Diamond is pointing at Hornbjarg.

Hornbjarg is home to two massively spectacular bird cliffs which guard the entrance to the creek from each side, Hornvík ans Látravík. Hornbjarg is the larger and more extreme shaped of the two cliffs and standing on it gives you an unrivalled “edge of the world” experience.

Hornbjargsviti Lighthouse is located in Látravík Cove. The lighthouse building now serves as an accommodation for hikers, as the reserve is very popular for hiking trips.

Hiking is the only way to explore the land of the reserve, as there are no roads in this completely pristine area.

Place of the week – Flatey Island in Skjálfandi

Flatey is an abandoned island on the edge of Skjálfandi Bay, only 14,7 nautical miles NW from Húsavík, North Iceland.

Once there was a lively village with a church, a schoolhouse, and a lighthouse with 120 inhabitants in 1943, but uninhabited since 1967.

Residents slowly left once electricity began to arrive on the mainland, but to this day, many people have summer houses there.

The old church was replaced by a new one in 1961. The new church was the church of Brettingsstaðir in Flateyjardalur valley, which was taken apart and moved out to Flatey.

Flatey Island is an interesting place to visit for further information contact gentlegiants.is.