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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.

Mývatn is a popular destination for many reasons.

20 gorgeous places to enjoy nature in North Iceland

18 Feb Here’s a list of some of the most stunning places to enjoy nature in North Iceland. Many of the places listed are not well known and therefore not likely to be crowded.

Paloma has been described as a cavern of desperation, perversity and death. Or no, not really, we just thought it sounded interesting.

How to be a 101 Reykjavik hipster: 2017 update

17 Feb Our handy guide on how to blend in at Reykjavik's hottest nightspots for 2017. Go for the nineties Gopnik look, throw on an oversized puffa jacket, up your number of tattoos and bleach your hair, for example.

Svartifoss waterfall is in Skaftafell, by Vatnajökull Glacier.

20 stunning places to enjoy nature in South Iceland

13 Feb A list of twenty stunning places to enjoy nature in South Iceland that are all easily accessible and close to the nr. 1 ring road.

Winona Ryder as Mina and Gary Oldman as Count Dracula in Coppola's film adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

The Powers of Darkness: On Dracula's sister version in Iceland

13 Feb Hans de Roos just published a translation of Makt Myrkranna (Powers of Darkness), a translation of Icelander Valdimar Ásmundsson's translation - or rewriting - of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Iceland Monitor found out more about this gothic mystery that entwines two authors, one a famous Irishman and the other an Icelander.

Cured salmon is a popular dish in Iceland

Best restaurants for Icelandic cuisine

11 Feb One of the fun parts about visiting a country is to try the local cuisine. Here’s a list of restaurant in Reykjavik where you can find the best traditional food, everything from the strange to the truly magnificent.

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