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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.

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.

Gluten free bread is available in most supermarkets in Reykjavik

Gluten free in Reykjavik

17 Jan Tips from a (gluten free) local on what you have to know if on a gluten free diet and travelling in Reykjavik, Iceland, a country that’s not all too familiar with the phenomenon.

A trog filled with delectable þorramatur

For the love of pickled testicles

15 Jan Ever wondered about this frightening food like fermented shark and pickled sheep head jam used to shock tourists? Here's some insight from a local, who absolutely loves this food.

There are three rivers you can raft down in Iceland, two of them are family friendly. The third everything but.

River rafting in Iceland, some of the best in Europe

14 Jan There is no way to get to know Iceland quite like river rafting. Going down a glacier river on a small boat, looking up at a gorge the river has dug over the years and seeing the layers of Iceland. It is nothing short of an amazing experience.

Laxá í Aðaldal is often referred to as the queen of Icelandic rivers for salmon fishing.

Best rivers for salmon fishing in Iceland

4 Jan Iceland is renowned for its nature, and a great way to enjoy it is to go fishing. Salmon fishing is very popular in Iceland and there are a few absolutely stunning rivers for that. Here is a list of our favourite rivers, with no regard to the price!

There are two rivers for rafting in Skagafjörður, Austari jökulsá and Vestari jökulsá.

11 tips from a local on Skagafjörður, North Iceland

1 Jan Skagafjörður is not on the top list of every guide book but there is still plenty to see and do there, if you know where to find it. Here are some tips from a local on the 11 must do things when visiting Skagafjörður.

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