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Place of the week - Akureyri Town Ferstival

The theme of the Akureyri Town Festival 2015 is “daughter, mother, grandmother” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in Iceland.

The Birthday of Akureyri is celebrated annually on the last weekend of August. The opening ceremony of the festival always takes place on Friday evening in the Botanical Garden. Other highlights are: the Ghost Hunt Evening in the old town, Science Center and events along the Artist Alley. More information visit Akureyri.

One of the biggest event is a Concert with Big Band Akureyri, Jónas Sig, Samúel J. Samúelsson, Lay Low and band along with various guests and dance performance on Saturday night, See photo from last year.

Candle lighting at the church steps. Guests are encouraged to light a candle and put it on one of the many church steps as a symbol of peace for everyone, everywhere.

Place of the week - Culture Night in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Culture Night will be held for the twentieth time on August 22. Culture Night focuses on all things cultural, from music and arts to food and traditions.

The event takes place all across Reykjavík with celebrations in city streets and squares, in museums, businesses and even in residential gardens!

The day starts with the running of the annual marathon, and slowly the streets fill with people. There are several outdoor stages with live music playing into the night, craft and art making on offer, Icelandic food samples, longer opening hours for museums and bars, and an exciting fireworks display to end the evening.

Culture Night marks the start of the city’s cultural year, when museums and theatres and other cultural institutions launch their annual program of events.

The event’s slogan “Come on in!” is a reference to those good old fashioned customs of hospitality. Photo Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson

Place of the week - Kolugljúfur North Iceland

Kolugljúfur is a 2 km long and 20-25 m deep beautiful canyon of the river Víðidalsá North Iceland, side road by road no 715.

The many waterfalls in Kolugljúfur bear the name Kolufossar Falls in honour of the giantess, Kola.

The ascending salmon does not get any further in the river of Víðidalsá than to the waterfalls in the canyon.

It is a breathtaking sight to drive across the bridge and watch the calm waters of the river suddenly leap and tumble onwards over so many impressive falls.

Place of the week - Hamarsrétt on Vatnsnes Peninsula

Hamarsrétt (sheep roundup) is unique where it stands next to the shore on Vatnsnes peninsula a few km north of the village Hvammstangi by road no 711.

Hamarsrétt sheep round up corral is the largest in the area and the only one in all of Iceland on the coast. Hamarsrétt comes to life in September when the sheep are brought down from the mountains and separated there.

Hamarsrétt is great place to enjoy the nature and look at the divers numbers of birds that can be found.

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

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.

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