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Locals guide tourists around the island on a tractor.

Whale watching on a tractor on Hrísey Island

30 May At Hrísey Island the guided tours and whale watching are operated on a tractor. Hrísey is located in North Iceland and even though the island does not stand high, the view of the mountains that frame in the surrounding fjord is amazing.

The landscape at Reykjarnes Peninsula is a bit alien.

14 places to visit on Reykjanes Peninsula

28 May The first mistake of many tourists visiting Iceland is to drive through Reykjanes Peninsula, to and from Keflavik Airport, without stopping. The alien landscape, bubbling mud pools, and stunning rocks and cliffs by the sea make it one of the most interesting areas in Iceland.

Hikers on Mýrdalsjökull, South Iceland.

Iceland's glaciers - giants of nature

19 May Iceland is covered by over 4,500 square miles of glaciers, and they are located in all of the nation’s regions. The largest, Vatnajökull, is Europe’s largest glacier and covers a staggering 8% of the country.

The lighthouse is surrounded by open water and is precariously perched on a cliff.

Incredible location for a lighthouse perched on a rock in Iceland's wild surf

15 May A photograph taken by Morgunblaðið photographer Árni Sæberg of the Þrídrangaviti lighthouse in 2009 has now become viral thanks to Justin Bieber of all people.

Immerse yourself in nature on a secluded island retreat where you hear nothing except the wind blowing through the grass.

Sleep in a Mongolian Yurt on a magical island in Iceland's largest glacial river

13 May Hákon Kjalar Hjördísarson decided to make a change to his life and move back to a place of enchanted childhood memories, a tiny island called Traustholtshólmi in the Þjórsá river in Iceland. Now, he offers tours to the island with an overnight stay in a Mongolian Yurt and a delicious wild salmon dinner included.

Drangey Island soon to open for the summer

9 May The port at Drangey Island in North Iceland is being rebuilt after winter storms. Drangey is one of the biggest colony of puffins in the area, and a popular destination to explore nature for both local and foreign tourists. Locals from the area also visit the island to gather eggs and hunt.

Hornstrandir, the northernmost part of Iceland.

Top 22 things to see and do in the West Fjords

24 Apr There is no area in Iceland quite like the West Fjords. There are not many people, either locals or tourists. The roads take you from high mountain peaks down to narrow valleys with breath taking view, beautiful nature, waterfalls and birdlife.

25 pictures that show Icelandic highlands as work of art

22 Apr The Icelandic highlands are known for their sheer beauty. These pictures show how diverse the colours and formations can be. Nature's a work of art.

Deildartunguhver is Europe's most powerful hot spring

Self-drive tour to Borgarfjörður, West Iceland

15 Apr One packed day with a visit to a lava gave, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, goat and horse petting, waterfalls, history and great food. What more can you ask in Iceland? And all in one day!

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Colours and lava formations in Víðgelmir lava cave

14 Apr A visit to Víðglemir lava cave is an amazing experience, the colours, lava formations and in winter, icicles are nothing short of stunning. Comparing lava caves to other caves is “like comparing ice hockey to figure skating because they both take place on ice,” says tour operator.

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre.

What's with this Harpa?

1 Apr Icelanders had for years a complicated relationship with Harpa after a troublesome start, but not anymore. Harpa manages to put on many faces, to be a platform for events for pretty much every angle of society. It also houses two great restaurants.

The biggest island is called Heimaey.

15 things to see and do in Westman Islands

26 Mar The Westman Islands are a stunning place to visit, with beautiful nature steeped in history and culture. There is even a local brewery and it’s home to one of the highest rated restaurants in Iceland.

Viðey Island is owned by the city of Reykjavik.

Nature, history and culture, a short ferry ride from Reykjavik

19 Mar Viðey island is just a few minutes ferry ride from Reykjavik. Beautiful nature, steeped in history and culture (artists such as Yoko Ono and Richard Serra). It’s a perfect escape from the city.

Reynisfjara Beach is a popular destination in South Iceland.

Self-drive winter day tour along Iceland’s South Coast

7 Mar The western half of Iceland’s south coast is an easy day tour from Reykjavik, as Iceland Monitor has tried and tested. Including stops like Vík, the beautiful Reynisfjara beach, Seljalandsfoss waterfall and much more. The trip then ended with a soak in a geothermal pool while watching the sunset.

The photo shows Izvorul Calimanului in the Carpathian Mountains - an empty mountain top where Bram Stoker imagined his Castle Dracula to be located.

Icelandic version of Dracula, Makt myrkranna, turns out to be Swedish in origin

6 Mar A recent translation of Makt myrkranna (Powers of Darkness) by Hans de Roos has seemingly unearthed an earlier Swedish version of Dracula, Mörkrets makter, which appears to shed new light on de Roos' theory that Stoker collaborated with Icelandic writer Valdímar Ásmundsson.

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