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Place of the week - Sunset in Reykjavík

Place of the week this time is sunset in Reykjavík.

The sky over Reykjavík has been unusually beautiful for the past few days.

Daylight in Iceland is only about 7 hours theese days, and will be down to 4 hours in December.

Photo: Óttar Sveinsson.

Place of the week - Northern Lights all over Iceland

The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are visible in Iceland from September until April. The best time in the day to see them is around 9 pm till 2 am. There is a strong connection between the solar winds and the Northern Lights. The lights are caused by the speed of the solar winds, and the direction and magnitude of their magnetic fields.

Many tour operators in Iceland offer mystery evening tours "to hunt for the Northern Lights". The Northern Lights can only be seen on a clear night.

Photo; South Iceland Marketing Office, Pétursey in South Icaland

Place of the Week - Iceland Airwaves in Reykjavík

The music festival Iceland Airwaves will take place in Reykjavík November 5 - 9. It was first held in 1999 and has become one of the premier annual showcases for new music – Icelandic and otherwise – in the world. Some of the world’s most exciting artists have performed there, too. The Shins, The Rapture, TV On The Radio, Florence and the Machine and Fatboy Slim. Including Icelandic bands such as Björk, Sigur Rós, FM Belfast, GusGus, múm, Of Monsters and Men.

Iceland Airwaves is more than just music. Reykjavík is quite possibly the perfect festival city – small enough to be welcoming, sophisticated enough to offer cultural, historical and nightlife diversions to rival cities ten times its size. Maybe twenty.

For further information see their web, icelandairwaves.is. Photo by Alexander Mitkhno of FM Belfast last year.

Place of the week - Mountains in West Iceland

This photo is taken from the ringroad no 1 up in Borgarfjörður, West Iceland.

The mountain to the right is Hraunsnefsöxl, below is the Hraunsnef travel service.

Baula is a 934 m rhyolite mountain in the middle. On the top there is a small rock shelter and the view from there is excellent in all directions. In a rock shelter is a guest book.

The crater, Grábrók, is to the right. There is a path leading to the top and the view is excellent.

Place of the week - Hvítserkur in North Iceland

Hvítserkur is a 15 m high basalt stack along the eastern shore of the Vatnsnes peninsula, in northwest Iceland, by road no 711.

The rock has two holes at the base, which give it the appearance of a dragon who is drinking. The base of the stack has been reinforced with concrete to protect its foundations from the sea.

Several species of birds, such as gulls and fulmars, live on at Hvítserkur and its name ("white shirt" in Icelandic) comes from the color of the guano deposited on its rocks.

Photo Bjarki Björgúlfsson

Place of the week - Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island

The Imagine Peace Tower is a memorial to John Lennon from his widow, Yoko Ono, located on Viðey Island near Reykjavík.

It consists of a tall tower of light, projected from a white stone monument that has the words "Imagine Peace" carved into it in 24 languages. These words, and the name of the tower, are a reference to Lennon's peace anthem "Imagine".

Buried underneath the light tower are upward of 500,000 written wishes that Ono gathered over the years in another project, called "Wish Trees". The tower lit every year from October 9th, Lennon's birthday, through December 8th, the date he died.

Yoko Ono said on the day of the inauguration (October 9th 2007) that the tower was the best thing that she and John had ever done. Photo Ragnar Th Sigurðsson

Place of the week - Látrabjarg - West Fjords

Látrabjarg is the westernmost point of Iceland (and Europe if Greenland and the Azores are not counted). It's the cliffs of all cliffs, a line of several cliffs, 14 kilometres long and up to 441 m high. And it’s as steep as it gets, dizzyingly so.

Safe from foxes, the birds are fearless, and provide stunning photographic opportunities from close range. The puffins are particularly tame and are the ones frequenting the grassy, higher part of the cliffs. But look out, the edges are fragile and loose and the fall is high.

Látrabjarg is the most visited tourist attraction in the Westfjords. The cliffs are easily accessible by car (road no 612) and when you’re there, a walk along the cliffs awaits.

The whirling sensation will not fade, and neither will the memories.

Place of the week - Þorvaldseyri near Eyjafjallajökull

Eyjafjallajökull, (1,666 m) a volcano covered by about 100 km2 of glacier. Three eruptions in historical times, in 1612, 1821-22 and in April 2010 when tens of thousands of travellers were left stranded in airports around Europe.

It is comparatively easy to climb Eyjafjallajökull glacier and there is a choice of routes. Some find it difficult to pronunce Eyjafjallajökull.

The farmers at Þorvaldseyri living at the foot of Eyjafjallajökull always knew the volcano was a sleeping giant. They temporarily evacuated the farm but returned and opened a Visitor Centre, an information centre dedicated to the dramatic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2011.

Place of the week - Mývatn Area North of the Bárðarbunga Eruption

The nearest village to the eruption area North og Bárðarbunga / Vatnajökull Glacier is Reykjahlíð in the Mývatn Area. Reykjahlíð is 100 km away from the eruption. The Mývatn Area is one of the most popular tourist destination in Iceland.

The lake Mývatn was created by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago, and the surrounding landscape is dominated by volcanic landforms, including lava pillars and pseudocraters. The bigger island to the rihgt on the photo is a pseudocrater.

The lake and its surrounding wetlands have an exceptionally rich fauna of waterbirds, especially ducks.

Place of the week - Möðrudalur north of Vatnajökull Glacier

Möðrudalur is a farm situated in the higlands nort of Vatnajökull Glacier, only about 70 km from the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun.

From Möðrudalur there is a very good view of the surrounding mountains especially the majestic Herðu­breið, which is one of the most beautiful mountains in Iceland and over to the eruption at Holuhraun which is just south of Herðubreið.

Möðrudalur has been inhabited since the settlement of Iceland and was one of the most important settlements in the early days. It is situated at a higher altitude than any other farm in Iceland; also one of the most isolated.

A tiny church was built at Möðrudalur in 1949 by the farmer Jón Stefánsson in memory if his wife. Stefánsson also painted the altar–piece himself.

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