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Place of the week - Shark Museum at Bjarnarhöfn

The Shark Museum ar Bjarnarhöfn is located on the northern side of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, by road 54.

Shark fishing and the production of shark meat has been a part of the family at Bjarnarhöfn for generations. It has long been a vital part of of the lives and the economic lifeline for the family.

Guests are invited to take a personally guided tour of the museum and will see the preparation of shark meat first hand when their guide accompanies them to the drying house. Shark meat (hákarl) and dried fish (harðfiskur) may be purchased at the museum.

Sample a taste while you're there - you know you want to!

Place of the week - Ósvör near Ísafjörður

Ósvör is replica of an old Icelandic fishing station, from the19th century.

On display are the rowing boat Ölver, a salt house and a drying shed.

In the museum are also for display all kinds of fishing equipment and various tools that were used for fishing and fish production in the time of the fishing base.

Ósvör is in the Westfjords, west of the town Ísafjörður, by road 61.

Place of the week - The Secret Lagoon in Flúðir

The Secret Lagoon natural pool is located in the village of Fludir 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.

In the winter the nothern lights can often be seen in the area and what better way to experience the lightshow than relaxing in the warm water surrounded by the steam from the earth?

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 - Staupasteinn in Hvalfjörður

Staupasteinn a goblet-shaped rock and popular resting place for tourists. Close to Hvammsvik on the old national road around Whale Fjord, West Iceland. By road 47.

An elf by the name of Staupa-Steinn has his home in this rock. Not everyone can see him. He is described as having long hair, a beard and being a kind, gentle man who loves to play ball with children who are picnicking in the area.

Beautiful view. Protected since 1974.

Place of the week - Rauðanes in East Iceland

Rauðanes, fairly long peninsula with steep cliffs east of the mountain Viðarfjall, in Þistilfjörður by road 85.

Many seabird nest there, and there are some picturesque pinnacle rocks, Stakkar, in the sea.

The end of the peninsula has broken away and is called Stakkatorfa. There are caves under it, accessible by small boats in good weather. There are also caves in the cliffs.

An area of natural beauty well worth seeing with 7 km marked walking paths.

Place of the week - Húsavík Whale Watching Capital

Even though fishing and fish processing is the important industry in Húsavík the town is now well known as the whale watching capital of Europe.

Whale watching trips from Húsavík harbour on traditional fishing boats and passenger boats are getting increasingly popular.

The Húsavik Whale Centre is the first and only information centre on whales in Iceland.

New Touring Maps in Six Languages

New version of our Touring Map is now available in six languages, English, German and French with yellow cover and Spanish, Chinese and Icelandic with blue cover.

High quality overall maps of the country in the scale 1:500 000 with the latest official update about the road system and important tourist information on the map such as accommodation, camping sites, meusums, filling stations, swimming pools, boat tours etc.

On back of the map are photos and information for 34 tourist atractions around the country, list of volcanic eruptions from the year 1700 – 2012, some interestsing facts about Iceland and useful information of how to drive in Iceland.

There is also an explanation of Icleandic place names and night & daylight scheme, useful for photographers. The Touring Maps are available in bookstores and some Information Centres in Iceland.

Place of the week - Breiðafjörður islands West Iceland

Breiðafjörður Bay is renowned for its stunning beauty, with the perfect frame of mountains, high and low, highlighting the scenery. 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, sea angling and day tours to the Island of Flatey.

Place of the week - Reykjanes

Reykjanes, the southwestern point of the Reykjanes peninsula, barren, with lava and a much–indented coastline.

Much geothermal heat, sulphur and mud springs. The best known hot spring being Gunnuhver, named after a female ghost that was laid there. She had caused great disturbance until a priest set a trap for her and she fell into the spring. This happend about 400 years ago.

The first lighthouse in Iceland was built there in 1878.

Just off the coast is a tuff pinnacle rock, Karl (51 m) part of which fell away in the winter of 1969.

Place of the week - Sea Monster Museum in Westfjords

In Bíldudalur, a little village in the Westfjords you find a very interesting Sea Monster Museum.

Tales of sea monsters have played a colorful role in Icelandic folk culture for centuries and thousands of written accounts can be found all around the country.

Today, these elusive creatures that still appear in Westfjords have been given a worthy home at the Icelandic Sea Monster Museum in Bíldudalur, proclaimed to be one of the most prolific centers of monster activity in Iceland.

Visitors to the Sea Monster Museum watch these remarkable creatures brought to life through a lively mix of words, images and videos, an action-packed multimedia display that culminates in a spectacular interactive plinth, the first of its kind in Iceland.

The Icelandic Sea Monster Museum is open daily from 09.00-22.00, May 1 – September 20.

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