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Hallormsstaðaskógur is considered to be the largest forest in Iceland, around 740 hectares. The location of this pin is in Atlavík which is the best-known place of the forest and has a really nice campsite. From this place, you can go down to the beach of the lake and if the weather is good you can swim in the lake. From this place, you can also choose various short or long hikes to explore the forest. Definitely a good place to stop for a picnic, next to the road that lies along the forest they even got an ice cream shop.…

Deildartunguhver is Europe's most powerful hot spring. It provides 180 l/sec of 100°C hot water. Most of the water used for central heating in the towns of Borgarnes and Akranes is taken from Deildartunguhver. The hot water pipeline to Akranes is 64 km long, the longest in Iceland and the water is about 78 - 80 degrees when it reaches Akranes. If you take a shower anywhere within a 65 km radius of the spring, you have already bathed in the hot water from this powerful spring!…

Hengifoss is among the highest waterfalls in Iceland around 128,5 meters. Hiking up to the waterfall is a very nice and scenic route, on the way you'll cross a small waterfall called Litlanesfoss which has beautiful column basalt around it some of the highest in Iceland. Hengifoss is surrounded by basaltic strata with thin, red layers of clay between the basaltic layers. Fossilized trunks of coniferous trees, sensitive to cold, and lignite, which depict warmer climates during the latter part of Tertiary.  Hengifoss is the most popular hiking site in East Iceland with a path leading from the parking lot to the falls, it takes around 40-60 minutes to walk to the waterfall. From the parking of …

Reykholt is one of Iceland's most notable historical sites, there you can find a cultural center and a church. Reykholt is famous for being the home of Iceland's best-known author Snorri Sturluson during the years 1206-1241. An ancient geothermally-heated pool, Snorralaug, is named after him. It is one of the few things preserved whole from Iceland´s medieval period. Snorrastofa is a cultural center, which offers historical exhibitions and guided tours and lectures.…

Hólar is one of the most famous historical sites in Iceland and was, for many centuries, an Episcopal See. It was also the capital of North Iceland for over 700 years. There has been a church on the site from the 11thcentury, and the present Hólar Cathedral was consecrated in 1763. It is the oldest stone-built church in Iceland. Hólaskóli School, founded in 1882, was an agricultural school, but there is evidence that some form of school has been present at Hólar right from the time of the first bi…

Skriðuklaustur is an ancient manor estate in Fljótsdalur. From 1493 - 1552 a monastery operated there, in the years 2002 - 2012 an extensive archaeological excavation took place in the cloister ruins which are now open to visitors. The writer Gunnar Gunnarsson (1889 - 1975) bought Skriðklaustur in 1939 and built a large house there designed by the German architect Fritz Höger. The writer moved to Reykjavík in 1948 and donated Skriðuklaustur to the Icelandic nation. In 2000 the Institute of Gunnar Gunnarsson resumed operation there as a center of culture and history. In the summertime, the place comes alive with various exhibitions, cultural happenings and guided tours for visitors around the…

Krauma geothermal bath. The hot water originates in Europe’s most powerful hot spring Deildartunguhver, at a temperature of 100°C (212°F). To achieve the perfect bathing temperature the hot water is mixed with cold water from Rauðsgil, which originates in the glacier Ok, the smallest glacier in Iceland. Krauma offers five relaxing natural geothermal baths, a cold tub to get your blood circulation going, two calming saunas and a relaxation room where you can rest by the fireplace while listening to soothing music.…

Snæfellsstofa visitor center is the center for the east territory of Vatnajökull National park. Snæfellsstofa visitor center opened in June 2010 and is the first BREEAM certified building in Iceland. The center also has an interesting exhibition about the circle and forming of nature and in the visitor center, you can get information about the area, wildlife, and nature. …

Egilsstaðir has been building up fast in the past years and in the town there live about 2500 people. The town is known as the main shopping and cultural place for the east fjords. Egilsstaðir is one of few places which does not have access to the sea, the town stands inland close to the 3rd largest lake in Iceland called Lagarfljótið it is 35 kilometers long and 114 meters deep. The myth says that there is a huge worm named Lagarfljótsormur. The story is traced back to 1345 a young girl got a golden ring for a gift, she was told that if she would put a worm with the ring into the box the ring, the gold would grow bigger. After few days the box was on the edge of bursting due to the growing …

Hvalfjöður or whale Fjord is 30km long and 84m deep fjord. Whale Fjord was the site of much British and US military activity during World War II. Some ruins from this period can still be seen in the fjord. Along with that, there is a big aluminum factory in the fjord. Some people like driving the fjord to explore more of the country and it is possible to do nice hiking in the fjord such as Glymur waterfall hike, check the pin for Glymur for more info.…

Iceland's tallest waterfall is located in Botnsdalur valley, Hvalfjörður. Leading up to it is a fabulous hiking path that should only be attempted by those not daunted by heights or challenging hikes. Glymur is in the river Botnsá that runs out of Hvalvatn, which is a lake closed by molten lava, some 160 meters deep. In Hvalfjordur in West Iceland, you can stand in awe before Iceland's highest waterfall. Standing by the fall you'll have a good view of the surrounding landscape, which is particularly attractive, as Hvalfjordur is widely considered one of Iceland's most beautiful fjords. The walk is approximately 3 hours roundtrip, will take you from the trailhead at Botnsá river through spect…
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