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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.

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.

Book of the week - Iceland Road Guide

Insteaed of Place of the week we have a Book of the week because the new edition of Iceland Road Guide is now available. The book has been on the market since 1975 when just about 76 thousand tourists visited Iceland, last year we had almost 1 million visitors!

Iceland Road Guide is your key to Iceland. The book covers Iceland's entire road system plus the geography, culture and history. There are articles about our food, geothermal pools, lava caves ans Iceland´s hidden world.

By scanning a QR code in the book you can enjoy listening to Icelandic Folk Legends on your phone.

The book also contains a 24 detailed maps in the scale 1:500 with important tourist information such as accommodations, swimming pools, natural baths, museums, filling stations etc.

The Iceland Road Guide book is available in bookstores and in many N1 Filling stations.

Place of the week - Langjökull Glacier

Langjökull is Europe's second largest glacier.

In a few days, now in June, a man – made ice tunnels and caves will formally open in Langjökull.

Inside the ice cave you will be able to view ice which has taken hundreds of years to develop. As you walk further along the tunnel, the ice gets older and the colour changes from white to deep-blue. The led lighted walls inside the tunnels are sheer-carved and you will find interior chambers containing exhibitions, a cafe and a small chapel.

It´s really Ice-cool to go inside the glacier!!

Place of the week - Glaumbær in Skagafjörðu North Iceland

The turfhouse at Glaumbær in Skagafjörður (road 75) is the place of this week.

The farmhouse is built of turf, stones and timber. Turf houses similar to this were built all over Iceland for centuries.

Between 1879 and 1939, the farmhouse at Glaumbær remained unchanged; it was repaired and declared a conserved site in 1947, the year the last inhabitants moved out.

Glaumbær is now a part of the Skagafjörður Folk Museum.

Visit to the museum give you a glimpse of the life of Icelanders in last century.

Map of the week - Iceland Road Guide Map with App

Instead of Place of the week we will now have Map of the week - Map with App. We are proud to announce our new Map and now with the Iceland Road Guide book in an App.

Some unique features of the map are explanation of Icleandic place names - night & daylight scheme - list of volcanic eruptions from the year 1700 - 2014 - photos and information for 34 tourist atractions around the country in addition to important tourist information such as accommodation - camping sites - museums - filling stations - swimming pools - natural baths - boat tours etc.

In the Iceland Road Guide App you will find more than 3000 places and thousands of services around the country, places with information and pictures, map browser and much much more.

Iceland Road Guide Map is now available in six languages, English, German and French with yellow cover and Spanish, Chinese and Icelandic with blue cover.

The App is available in three languages, English, German and Icelandic.

Map with App is available in bookstores, most tourist information centres and fillingstations.

Map with App - a splendid travel companion in Iceland.

Place of the week - Mt. Kirkjufell in West Iceland

Grundarfjörður's beautiful landmark is Mt. Kirkjufell, (Church mountain), (463 m), sometimes called “Sugarloaf”. It´s probably the most photographed mountain in Iceland.

Its isolated position jutting out into the sea makes it a focal point for tourists and seamen alike.

Surrounded by beaches, Kirkjufell has a lovely walking trail around it as well as a more challenging climb up to the top where bird and fish fossils can be found (guide is recommended).

Mt. Kirkjufell is by road 54 on the Northern part of Snæfellsnes Peninsula, about 18o km from Reykjavík.

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