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Place of the week - The Settlement Centre in Borgarnes

The Icelandic Settlement Centre in Borgarnes, West Iceland, is the place of the week. The centre reveals Egils Saga and the Settlement Saga in an entertaining and simple way by leading the visitor into the adventure world of the sagas by audio guides in 14 different languages.

The Egils Saga exhibition describes one of the most colourful of all the saga characters, Egill the son of Skalla-Grimur. Egill was a great poet but also a viking and ribald abroad. The story intertwines battles and love affairs, sorcery and pagan lore.

The Settlement exhibition portrays the first men who set foot in Iceland and how the country was settled up until the Althingi parliament was founded in the year 930. By using the modern technology of multi-media and theatre an attempt is made to give the visitor a sense of how it must have been to set foot in unsettled territory.

The Icelandic Settlement Centre is open all year, for further information see

Place of the week - The Northern Lights - Aurora Borealis

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

Place of the week - Iceland Airwaves

The music festival Iceland Airwaves will take place in Reykjavík November 4 - 8. 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, Photo by Alexander Mitkhno of FM Belfast.

Place of the week - Kálfshamarsvík North Iceland

Place of the week is Kálfshamarsvík by road no 745 north og Blönduós, North Iceland.

Kálfshamarsvík is a small cove, with unusual, beautifully formed sea cliffs of columnar rock, created about 2 million years ago.

At the beginning of the 20th century, fishing boats plied the waters and there was a small community of about 100 inhabitants at Kálfshamarsvík. However, by around 1940 the village had become deserted.

Kálfshamarsvík Lighthouse is a very prominent lighthouse standing on a small cape, 16.3 metres tall and built in 1940.

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.

Photo Ragnar Th Sigurðsson

Place of the week - Þórbergssetur Culture Centre, South East Iceland

The Þórbergssetur, culture centre, was built in memory of the author Þórbergur Þórðarson (1888-1974), who was born at the site. The building is like a bookshelf.

The exhibition provides an overview of an remarkable artistic career, it also tells the larger story of the changes wrought on Icelandic society by the twentieth century.

The Þórbergssetur also houses a restaurant and a souvenir shop, it is open all year round. Visits between September 15 and May 15 must be booked in advance.

Þórbergssetur is located by the Ring Road, only 13 km further east from Jökulsárlón.

Place of the week - Þverá in Laxárdal North Iceland

Place of the week this time is Þverá in Laxárdalur, North Iceland by road no 856.

At Þverá is a traditional turf house built in 1849-1851. All of Iceland´s remaining turf houses now belong to our National Museum and are a part of the National Museum's Historic Buildings Collection.

Þverá turf house has belonged to the museum since 1968 and it was preserved in 1990.

There is an old church at Þverá, built 1878.

This photo is from the church window showing the old turf house at Þverá.

Photo Regína Ragnarsdóttir

Place of the week - Þorgeirskirkja church by Goðafoss

Þorgeirskirkja (The church of Þorgeir) in North Iceland was erected in the year 2000 on the millennium of the adoption of Christianity in Iceland. Þorgeirskirkja is 45 km east of Akureyri, by the ringroad no 1.

It was built to honour the memory Þorgeir, chieftain of Ljósavatn, who played a crucial role in the conversion.

On his return from the Alþingi after being baptised, Þorgeir is said to have flung his images of the Norse gods into a waterfall, known since then as Goðafoss - Waterfall of the Gods which is nearby. This photo is from the altar at Þorgeirskirkja with a view over Ljósavatnsskarð. Photo Regína Ragnarsdóttir.

Place of the week - Litlibær in the Westfjords

Place of the week is Litlibær in Skötufjörður, by road no 61.

Litlibær was built in 1895 an area of only 3.9 x 7.4 metres, the house is made of timber with stone side walls and grass on the roof. There were two kitchen outhouses near by.

Around 20 people lived in Litlibær at one point and the last inhabitants moved out in 1969.

There is a cafe open from May 15th – September 15th from 10.00 – 17.00.

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.

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