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Sóley Björk Guðmundsdóttir

Sóley has supervised the event site of Iceland Monitor since February 2015, registering events and writing articles about them. She has a Master’ s degree in Applied studies in Culture and Communication from the University of Iceland and a BA degree in Ethnology from the same University.

Hornstrandir, the northernmost part of Iceland.

Top 22 things to see and do in the West Fjords

two days ago 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.

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.

Dimma

Icelandic metal band Dimma just released a new song

7 Apr One of Iceland’s most popular rock/metal bands Dimma just released a song from their coming album Eldraunir. The song is called Villimey, and it’s just as good as the music on the band’s last album, which was an instant hit in Iceland.

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.

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.

The ice cream is frozen to order using liquid nitrogen.

Deluxe ice cream in Reykjavik inspired by spiritualism

12 Mar Joylato is a perhaps one of the most interesting ice cream shops in Reykjavik. Everything is gluten free, most things area available vegan and the ice cream is absolutely delicious! It also happens to be inspired by the teachings of spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy.

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.

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.

Brew to brew, flavour to flavour

28 Feb The Annual Icelandic Beer Festival took place at Kex Hostel over the last weekend. Three days full of different flavoured brew, music and more. Definitely one of the most interesting food and drink related events in Iceland.

Keflavik Airport

How to survive Keflavik Airport

23 Feb Keflavik Airport is as nice for an airport, but as Iceland tourism industry blooms the airport (though nice) is getting more and more crowded. Here are some tips on how to make the best of it when you are leaving Iceland.

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.

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.

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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Opinion

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What it means to visit back home

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Iceland’s love affair with liquorice

by Sóley Björk Guðmundsdóttir

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Unity and agony

by Sóley Björk Guðmundsdóttir

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Bloody tourists!

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