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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.

Snæfellsjökull Glacier, Snæfellsnes famous landmar, is visible from Reykjavik on a clear day.

Self drive winter day tour to Snæfellsnes Peninsula

5 Mar Snæfellsnes Peninsula is renowned for beautiful nature and charming villages. There are many things to do and see there, and most of them can be covered in a day trip from Reykjavik, even in winter as Iceland Monitor has tried and tested.

Many of the stores and café's are in old fisherman's huts.

Where to go on a day at Grandi

4 Mar Grandi is the harbour area of Reykjavik. There are interesting museums, great restaurant, cafés, delicacy stores and more. Iceland Monitor has lined up a day in Grandi for you, with each stop just a few minute walk from next.

The Northern Lights can be impressive.

DIY Northern Lights Tour

28 Feb The Iceland Met Office’s Northern Lights forecasts makes it really easy to chase down the Northern Lights on your own. Keep in mind the Northern Lights are primadonnas, you might have to wait for them.

Hallgrímskirkja church, one of the city's landmarks, dusted with snowflakes.

Incredible photos of the record breaking snowfall night in Reykjavik

27 Feb Icelandic photographer Gunnar Freyr woke up to the sound of a tree breaking in his garden and saw the heavy snowfall coming down. He grabbed his camera and ventured into the city centre to capture these fantastic photos of a magical night.

Akureyrarkirkja Church is one if Akureyri's most distinct landmarks.

20 things to see and do in Akureyri

26 Feb Akureyri is often named the capital of North Iceland. It's by far the biggest town outside of the capital area, and there is plenty to see and do there. Here's a list of our top 20 things to see and do in Akureyri.

Dill Restaurant offers New Nordic cuisine, it's also White Guide's highest rated restaurant in Iceland.

Nordic cuisine: From culinary disaster zone to NOMA

19 Feb The turn of tides in Nordic gastronomy has probably not escaped the notice of anyone with eyes on the culinary scene. From being what central Europeans referred to as a culinary disaster zone to Nordic chefs winning some of the world’s most prestigious culinary prizes.

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