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One special date to be aware of in Iceland

The biggest and probably wildest weekend you can have in Iceland is during Tjodhatid festival in Westman Islands

The biggest and probably wildest weekend you can have in Iceland is during Tjodhatid festival in Westman Islands

Usually we are all for visitors taking in local events if they have the time and inclination. But there is one festival in particular you may not want to find yourself at the end of.

 

In Iceland, the elephant rocks

If elephants ever get extinct we´ll always have this likeness in Iceland. PiC Diego Delso

If elephants ever get extinct we´ll always have this likeness in Iceland. PiC Diego Delso

As so often before it takes foreign peoples relaxing on holiday to point out some natural treasure in your own back-yard. One you´ve never given a second thought.

 

A huff and a puff and the puffins are gone from Iceland

Atlantic puffin is a weird looking but beautiful bird and has been quite the symbol for Iceland throughout. But probably not much longer. PIC Pétur Gauti Valgeirsson

Atlantic puffin is a weird looking but beautiful bird and has been quite the symbol for Iceland throughout. But probably not for much longer. PIC Pétur Gauti Valgeirsson

Bird enthusiasts could make a worse decision than to visit the Atlantic island of Iceland.

 

Not Phoenix but a house rising from the ashes in Iceland

Finally visitors to Heimaey will be able to see and walk into one of the badly damaged buildings from the 1973 volcanic eruption on Heimaey island. PIC Wolf-Ulf Wulfrolf

Finally visitors to Heimaey will be able to see and walk into one of the badly damaged buildings from the 1973 volcanic eruption on Heimaey island. PIC Wolf-Ulf Wulfrolf

Roughly forty years ago a volcanic eruption on the small island of Heimaey, one of the Westman Islands group, woke the inhabitants up with a jolt in the middle of the night.

 

The trouble with visiting Westman Islands in Iceland

Picture taken over the town on Heimaey, the biggest of the Westman Islands. PIC Randomskk

Picture taken over the town on Heimaey, the biggest of the Westman Islands. PIC Randomskk

Those interesting in geology and especially the volcanic nature of the land called Iceland cannot in good conscience visit and not go see the Westman Islands.…

 

You really wanna meet drunk Icelanders?

The biggest and probably wildest weekend you can have in Iceland is during Tjodhatid festival in Westman Islands

You may or may not be aware that Reykjavik, capital of Iceland, has a massive reputation for being the sin city par excellence.

 

Three generations of elves in one stone in Iceland

Of course there are elves in Iceland. At least if you believe one local congressman. PIC Meiburgin

Seems like human beings aren´t the only ones having a hard time moving away from hotel mom and dad. Three generations of elves have chosen to live together in the very same stone in Iceland according to a local expert.

 

Whale of an adventure in Iceland

It is imperative to keep in mind, just like the Northern lights, you are never guarenteed to see any whales on whale watching tours. PIC biologyfisherman

It is imperative to keep in mind, just like the Northern lights, you are never guarenteed to see any whales on whale watching tours. PIC biologyfisherman

In 1994 the only way for visitors in Iceland to see whales up close was by watching the Free Willy movie from Hollywood.

 

Fire in the caves of Heimaey Iceland

Impressive cliffs over the town of Heimaey. In the background you can see mainland Iceland. PIC Jozelui

Impressive cliffs over the town of Heimaey. In the background you can see mainland Iceland. PIC Jozelui

Massive and impressive cliffs surround part of the town of Vestmannaeyjar on Heimaey island in Iceland providing excellent shelter for townspeople from anything the Atlantic ocean throws their way.