Place of the week - Bessastaðir, Recidence of the President of Iceland
Bessastaðir, official residence of the President of Iceland.
First mention of Bessastaðir is in Íslendinga saga (The Saga of the Icelanders); the place then belonged to the famous write Snorri Sturluson.
Later it became the first royal estate in Iceland,
being in the possession of the King of Norway.
Since 1941 it has been the official residence of the President of the Republic: Sveinn Björnsson
lived there from 1941 to 1952, first as governor then as president from 1944), Ásgeir Ásgeirsson 1952 - 68, Kristján Eldjárn
1968 - 80, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir
1980 - 1996 and Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
On June the 25th Icelanders will elect a new president, nine candidates are running for the precidency.
Place of the week - Tour with Seatours West Iceland
Breiðafjörður Bay is renowned for its stunning beauty,
with the perfect frame of mountains.
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 and day tours to the Island of Flatey.
Place of the week - The Secret Lagoon at Flúðir
The Secret Lagoon natural pool is located in the village of Flúðir in the Golden Circle area.
The historical surroundings have been kept natural and simple for a unique and authentic experience. The pool is surrounded by several hot springs, among them a little geysir erupting every 10 minutes or so, providing the pool with fresh warm water,
maintaining a temprature of 38-40 °C throughout the year.
The Lagoon offers brand new facilities next the hot spring with showers, bar and eating area. For further information see their homepage secretlagoon.is
Place of the week - Laxdalshús in Akureyri
Place of the week this time is Laxdalshús in Akureyri. The house was built in 1795 and is the oldest house in Akureyri, the capital of the North.
Laxdalshús was primarily used as residential and commercial premises.
In 1927 it became the first headquarters for the district archives and town library.
Laxdalshús became a protected building in 1978 and was reopened 1984 after extensive renovation
. Since then various activities have been in the house.
Place of the week - Ósvör in the Westfjords
Ósvör Maritime Museum is by the see on the way between Ísafjörður and Bolungarvík, by road no 6302.
Ósvör is replica of an old Icelandic fishing station, from the19th century. On display are a rowing boat, a crew hut with tools and equipment, a salt house and a drying shed.
Place of the week - Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík
Hallgrímskirkja Church is a Lutheran parish church in Reykjavík.
At 73 metres (244 ft), it is the largest church in Iceland.
The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614 to 1674), author of the Passion Hymns.
The church is also used as an observation tower
. An observer can take a lift up to the viewing deck and view Reykjavík and the surrounding mountains.
The statue of explorer Leif Eriksson (c. 970 c. 1020) is in front of the church
. Leifur was the first European to discover America. The statue was a gift from the United States in honor of the 1930 Alþingi Millennial Festival, commemorating the 1000th anniversary of Iceland's parliament at Þingvellir in 930 AD.
Place of the week - Gullfoss in a winter jacket
Gullfoss (Golden Waterfalls) in South Icleand is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland.
The waterfalls falls 32 m in two cascades. The canyon below the falls is 2,500 m long and 70 m deep, a magnificent sight.
During the first half of the 20th century and some years into the late 20th century, there was much speculation about using Gullfoss to generate electricity.
Sigríður Tómasdóttir from the farm Brattholt next to Gullfoss, was determined to preserve the waterfall
and even threatened to throw herself into the waterfall. Gullfoss is state property since 1940.
Þingvellir, Geysir of Haukadalur and Gullfoss form the Golden Circle, a popular day tour for tourists in Iceland.
Place of the week - Mývatn Nature Baths North Icleand
Mývatn Nature Baths (Jarðböðin ) are located in Jarðbaðshólar, about 4 km from the village of Reykjahlíð by Mývatn in North Iceland.
The Nature Baths offer bathers a completely natural experience that begins with a relaxing dip in clouds of steam rising up from a fissure deep in the earth's surface,
and ends with a luxurious swim in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 2,500 metres.
Containing a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms, the warm soothing water of Myvatn Nature Baths benefit both skin and spirit alike.
The Nature Baths are open all year around, more information on their webpage.
Place of the week - Landmannalaugar in the Highland
Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands by road F224.
It is known for its natural geothermal hot springs and surrounding landscape.
Landmannalaugar is famous for its hiking trails
and is the usual starting point for a four-day-long hiking trail called Laugavegur, as the main shopping street in Reykjavík city center.
The natural warm water pool at Landmannalaugar is quite unique
and an ideal bathing place all year around with temperature of around 3640 °C even in the midst of a snowy winter.
Notice that F roads are usually only intended for 4WD vehicles and look out for road conditions before going to Landmannalaugar.
Place of the week - Dining with locals in Selfoss, South Iceland
Would you like to do something different? Why not meet the locals, have a guided walk around Selfoss and then going to a private home for a dinner and chat?
Selfoss is a small town in South Iceland
, 57 km from Reykjavík with only about 6.800 inhabitants. Selfoss is by the banks of the river Olfusa, one of the largest rivers in the country.
The town is a centre of commerce and small industries. Among other interesting things you will find The Bobby Fischer Centre, a museum dedicated to the master of the Royal Game chess.
Helga and Ragnar offer a short walks around Selfoss, ending at their cosy home, having dinner, coffee and a nice chat.
More information on their homepage.