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                                                                                                                                                      Gjörið svo vel
                                 Landið incomparably jafnanlegt
                                Iceland isokkar er óviðadvent-                                       essa
                                                                    skilgreina og draga fram and sérstöð Hvert is    u.
                                                                 country there are museums ð exhibits where lightsem við
                                 ævintð  raland fyrir All alanga.
                                urous for travelers. ferð year      ferð  umst hittum in the national history.  ningar ð focus
                                                                 cast upon chapters viðfyrir söfn og sð There issem varpað ar
                                           um
                                 Allt árið kring standa okkur
                                round visitors have countless        the coexistenceúr sögu and nature, from the glaciers sambúð
                                                                 oner ljósi á ð                    jóð
                                                                                  ætti of man ð arinnar. Viðkynnumst to
                                 til boð mðfor tækifæri
                                           a
                                opportunities mörg unique           manns og náttúru frá jöklum til stranda, leikjum barna
                                                                 the shores, ancient and modern games of children, history að




                                                                                                                                                      og gangið í bæinn
                                experiences and unforgettableog
                                 til einstakrar upplifunar           trade, commerce and employment and the history of
                                                                 of fornu og nð verslunarsögunni, atvinnusögunni og horfum
                                                                                   ju,
                                adventures. land og ð .
                                 nándar við           jóð           á bókmenntasöguna lifna við svo fátt eitt settlers
                                                                 literature, to name a few. Monsters, pirates, Vikingsé nefnt. Við
                                                                                                        ,
                                                                 and ghosts come alive. Unique culinary practices enhance
                                                                    kynnumst skrímslum og sjóræningjum, landnámsmönnum
                               People travel to explore pre- til the experience, but also conventional einkennismat hérað
                                Á ferð  alagi gefst tækifæri        og draugum. Við brögð          um á food, where the fresh anna;
                                að kynnast áð places
                               viously unknownur óð and             hreindð og are saltreyð perfection for gourmet um
                                                        ekktum Icelandic products lúru, cooked toog skelfiski. Viðfræð
                                                                             rum                      i                          umst
                                stöðabout the cultures of
                               learn um og fræð        ast um dishes.
                                                                    melrakka, hvali og alls konar skepnur.
                               other nations.
                                menningu okkar, nema landið    ,
                                                                    Utandyra bðst okkur equallyri upplifun. is possible to
                                náttúruna og hið sérstaka Outdoor experiences areekki síð unique. It Viðgetum valiðum
                                                                                   ð                                                                       Í Hellisheiðarvirkjun má fræðast um vistvæna orkuvinnslu, náttúrufar, sögu og
 The unique position of Iceland is not least the intimacy bet-   find solitude outside in Icelandic nature, observe flowers and
samband sem við Íslendingar eigum við okkar nánasta                     una
                                                                    að ein í íslenskri náttúru, lesa blóm og fylgjast með          fuglum                  umhverfi Hengilssvæðisins. Við bjóðum ókeypis skoðunarferð með leiðsögu-
 ween nature and culture, the special relationship Icelanders    watch birds and seals on reefs.
umhverfi. ð   egar við ferð  umst ræktum við tengslin við á grein og selum á klöpp. En íslenskir ferð jónustuað           að           ilar                manni um stöðvarsvæðið þar sem búnaður, orkuöflun og starfsemi virkjunar-
 have with their environment. Iceland has not always treated
 its inhabitants softly til barna okkar sögum úr fortíð
                   lum                                              bjóð einnig upp á also offer adventurous tours,
                                                                          a
fjölskylduna, mið and the natural elements have played aog Icelandic travel companies ævintð             ralega upplifunarmöguleika,                       innar eru kynnt með háþróaðri tölvutækni og gerð er ýtarleg grein fyrir háhita-
 big part through history. This is evident everywhere að the
       ;
nútíð kennum ð      eim að lesa í landið og læra on njóta such as whale og sjóstöng, ísklifur, hestaferð kajaksiglingar...
                                                                                un
                                                                    hvalaskoð watching, deep sea angling, ice climbing,ir,                                 svæðinu við Hengil.
 island.The öð
  ess            rum félagsskap getum viðkafað lava fields,         alls konar afð   reyingu fyrir and all sorts alla.
ð sjálf. Íocean, the lakes, the wide expanses, thedjúpt ofan í horseback riding, kayak sailing fjölskylduna of entertainment
                                                                                                                                                           Gestamóttakan er opin alla daga vikunnar frá kl. 9:00 til 18:00.
                     a
menningarkima eð reynt okkur viðlandiðog eytt stundum forð verð engin svikinn af ð að ferð um Ísland. Ég
 the glaciers and geothermal heat—all those phenomena                 að        ur
                                                                      families and individuals.           ví          ast                                  Þar tekur starfsfólk á móti hópum og einstaklingum, með brosi á vör.
 have molded the upplifum einstök oferni nation, been
             ví.
ein með ð Viðspecial living habitsvíð the og öndum að hlakka ævinlega til nð ferð              rra       alaga um landið mitt og er                        Nánari upplýsingar í síma 516 7508, www.or.is eða gestir@or.is
 utilized ví
           when gerir okkur have become a
okkur ð sem possible and aðÍslendingum. well of stories             sífellt will be disappointed
                                                                                           ví     jan travellingar ferð
                                                                 No one aðkynnast ð á nð byhátt. Góðaround Iceland.– allt   astundir
                                                                    áriðum kring.
                                                                                                                                                 C         Umhverfi Hellisheiðarvirkjunar er framkvæmdasvæði og fólk er vinsamlegast
 and ideas.                                                      Icelanders welcome their guests in the summer of 2011. We
                                                                                                                                                           beðið að leita upplýsinga í gestamóttökunni áður en farið er um svæðið.
Hver landshluti hefur sína sérstöð og á undanförnum look forward to enjoying your companyKatrín certain that
                                         u                                                                     and are Júlíusdóttir              M

 Every district of the að
misserum hafa ferðcountry hasilar uniqueness. In recentað your tour will be unique.
                          jónustuaðits lagt sig fram um                                                         nað herra
                                                                                                              ið arráð                                     Göngukort
 years the Icelandic tourist sector has worked hard on def-                                        Katrín Júlíusdóttir                           Y         Göngukort af Hengilssvæðinu er til sölu í Hellisheiðarvirkjun, Upplýsinga-
 ining and displaying these specialties. Widely around the                                         Minister of industry and tourism                        miðstöð Suðurlands og ýmsum bókaverslunum.
                                                                                                                                                CM



                                                                                                                                                MY



                               From the Editor with listings of thetjaldsvæð og sundlaugar eru merktirand lit
                                                                                          main camping sites, accommodation,                    CY

                                Frá ritstjóra                       allir gististað   ir,          i
                                                                  swimming pools with colours and numbers, which in turn              með
                               The travel guide book Around
                                                                    og númerum sem vísa í samsvarandi stað í chapters
                                                                  correspond to service listings accompanying the ð       i    jónustulistum    CMY


                                Ferð                                                                      li
                                                                     rural areas in the booklet. These ritinu. Kortin eru ekki ess
                                     ahandbókin Á ferð um onsem fylgja umfjöllum um dreifbð ímaps are not accurate ð
                               Iceland is now published for
                                                                    eð to be séu ætluðsem vegakort, til ð find maps
                                                                        lis       au
                                Ísland kemur nú út í 20. sinn. enough aðð intended as roadmaps. You will ess ð nákvæmarialso arf                 K
                               the thirty sixth consecutive
                                                                     towns withess er aðfinna bæjarkort með Over three
                               year. It útgáfan, Around Iceland, of kort. Auk ð service listings in the book. ð
                                Enska was first published in                                                                jónustumerkjum
                               1976 when enn ring road wasen hundred and fifty advertisers introduce their services in the um
                                á sér ð the lengri sögu
                                         ó                          fyrir stærri bæi auk lista yfir ð   jónustu á öllum ð     éttbðlisstöð
                                                                    á landinu. Á it possible for us skð       ringar á itjónustumerkjum.
                               opened.hennar hófst árið eftir booklet, making bls. 6 er aðfinnato distribute ðin 100,000
                                útgáfa This travel guide has
                                                                    Í upphafi hvers kafla tourists. The        háttum of Around
                               beenhringvegurinnpopular andur, copies free of charge toer lð stað pages og landslagi auk
                                að immensely var opnað                                                 st
                                                                    ð sem ð er að beautiful photographssögu, menningu og
                               has had1976. Bækurnar hafa Iceland are graced with finna upplð
                                árið a circulation of 100,000         ess            ar                    singar um of Iceland by
                               copies annually for many years       áhugaverð stað Fremst í photos eru svo ð
                                                                  our top photographers. These bókinni are for sale on our tar
                                                                                   a       i.                                 msar hagnð
                                notiðmikilla vinsælda og hefur               (www.heimur.is). At the adagatal ð           each chapter,
                               now. This popularity í 100.000 website singar, m.a ítarlegt við beginning of ar sem er aðfinna
                                ð eim verið dreift     is based     upplð                             burð
                               on the accurate and detailed           will find concise landscape descriptions
                                                                  you einum staðupptalningu á flestum við and information
                                                                                                                   burð
                                eintökum á hverju ári mörg oná the area, such as history, culture, placesum sem efnt er til of interest,
                                undanfarin ár. most things
                               information aboutð                   um
                                                    essar miklu leisureland allt aðsumarlagi.
 that can be of use to visitors when they travel Around                     activities, and communications. At the very beginning
                                                            ví,
                                vinsældir byggjast á ð að of the booklet, you will also find useful general information
 Iceland. It is updated annually with great care, in close
kappkostaðer aðbirta sem ítarlegastar upplð       singar um flest onUm 350 auglð          sendur kynna vörur sínar og ð
                                                                     Iceland and its people.
                                                                                                                                   jónustu í
 cooperation with tourist agents and locals all over the                               að
                                                                    bókinni en ð gerir okkur kleift aðdreifa henni í 100.000
  að       ferðamönnum má að information is as accurate
ð sem to make sure that the gagni koma á ferð ð
 country,                                              um eirra
 as landið  .
um possible. Sú upplð  singaöflun byggir á góð samstarfi við Finally, I hopetil ferð
                                                 u                                            amanna ð
                                                                    eintökum that travellers will respect Iceland´s fragileFjöldi
                                                                                                        eim að kostnað        arlausu.
ferð amálafulltrúa og staðkunnugt fólk um allt land. Á ð            mynda their journey. wish ær all a wonderful trip
                                                            essum nature onskreytir ritiðogI eru ð margar frá ljósmyndurum
                                                                                                          you
                                                                    Heims og til sölu safe return.
tímamótum er are arranged ð order of fjölmörgu sem leggja around Iceland and a á netinu.
 The contents tilefni til að inakka ð  eim their geographical
            lið á clockwise við endurskoð og uppfærslu
                                               un
útgáfunni going hverju ári around the country from its
 location,                                                                                                         Ottó Schopka
upplð                                                               Ég hvet ykkur, ágætu ferð                       aðgefa
                                                                                                      alangar, til ritstjóri ykkur góð     an
      singa um ð jónustu viðferð and á hverjum stað
 south-west corner, then northamennback through south      .
 Iceland. Accompanying each chapter is a map of the area,           tíma til aðnjóta ferð       alagsins og frítímans og óska ykkur að
                                                                                                                   otto@heimur.is
Efni bókarinnar er rað upp eftir landshlutum, farið er
                         að                                                        rar  ar
                                                                        endingu góð ferð og heimkomu.
                           frá
rétt¬sælis umhverfis landið Suð   vesturlandi hringinn norður
                                                                                                                Ottó Schopka
um til Suð                                             ar
          urlands. Hverjum kafla fylgir landshlutakort ð sem
                                                                                                                ritstjóri – otto@heimur.is
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From the Editor ............................................................2
Explanation of Symbols................................................6
Road Map with Rest Areas .....................................8-9
Map of Iceland ............................................................ 10
Country and People .................................................. 12
Airlines and Coach Terminals .................................. 13
Practical Information ........................................... 14-16                                                  Iceland RevIew
                                                                                                                                        P u b l I c at I o n




Images of Iceland in Centuries Past ............... 19-21
Cultural Tourism ................................................... 23-25                Map of West Fjords ................................................... 82
Adventure Iceland ................................................ 26-27                  The West Fjords ................................................. 83-103
Experience Iceland ............................................... 28-29                  Map of Northwest Iceland..................................... 104
Map of Southwest Iceland ....................................... 30                       Northwest Iceland ...........................................105-123
Southwest Iceland ................................................ 31-53                  Map of Northeast Iceland ..................................... 124
Reykjanes Peninsula ............................................. 30-41                   Northeast Iceland ............................................125-155
The Capital Area .................................................. 42-53                 Map of East Iceland.................................................. 156
Reykjavík................................................................. 42-46          East Iceland ........................................................157-183
Kópavogur, Álftanes ................................................... 47                Map of South Iceland, eastern part ...................... 184
Hafnarfjörður ....................................................... 48-49               Map of South Iceland, western part..................... 198
Mosfellsbær............................................................ 50-51             South Iceland.....................................................185-227
Mt. Esja.......................................................................... 52     The Interior Highlands ...................................228-238
Kjós .............................................................................. .53   Map of the Interior ..........................................230-231
Map of West Iceland ................................................. 54                  Index of Places.......................................................... 239
West Iceland ......................................................... 55-81              Road Distances in km ............................................. 240


             A comprehensive and concise Visitor’s guide to Iceland
     AROUND ICELAND – 36th edition, 2011. Annual guide book published for complimentary distribution
     to visitors to Iceland, and for use in overseas sales and information offices, embassies and consulates.
     Publishing Company and Copyright: Heimur hf, Borgartún 23, IS-105 Reykjavík, Iceland, tel. (+354) 512-
     7575, fax (+354) 561-8646. Email: iceland@heimur.is Printed by Prentsmiðjan Oddi, April 2011, print run
     45,000 copies. Editor: Ottó Schopka. Contributing Writers: Friðrik Olgeirsson, Jón Gauti Jónsson, et al.
     Author of articles about minerals: Kristján Jónasson, geologist, The Icelandic Institute of Natural History.
     Contributing Photographers: Páll Stefánsson, Páll Kjartansson, Geir Ólafsson, Sigríður H. Sigurbjörnsdóttir
     et.al. Cover Photo: Akureyri, North Iceland, Photo: Páll Stefánsson. Maps: Ólafur Valsson. Layout: Sigurjón
     Kristjánsson. Cover Design: Erlingur Páll Ingvarsson. Advertising Sales: Sigríður H. Sigurbjörnsdóttir,
     sigga@heimur.is


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   EFNISYFIRLIT - CONTENTSof Symbols
            Explanation - Symbols
þéttbýlis- ogExplanation ofINHALT SVERZEICHNIS
             landshlutakortum
  1.   Reykjanes                on Streets and Regional Maps
                              on Streets
                                      6 - 11and Regional
  2.   Reykjavík                      12-19
  3.   Vesturland                     20-25    4            Swimming
  4.
         Bensínstöð
         Filling Station
       Vestfirðir
                                 Banki
                                 Bank
                                      26-31
                                                            Sundlaug
                                                            Pool                      Pósthús
                                                                                      Post Office         7         Lögreglustöð
                                                                                                                    Police Station

  5.     Matsala
       Norðurland-vestra
         Restaurant/                  32-37                                             6                           Sjúkrahús
  6.
         Veitingahús
         Snack Bar
       Eyjafjörður-Akureyri
                                 Sparisjóður
                                 Savings Bank
                                      38-42
                                                            Kirkja
                                                            Church               5    Apótek
                                                                                      Pharmacy
                                                                                                                    Hospital/Health
                                                                                                                    Heilsugæsla
                                                                                                                    Care Centre
  7.   Norðurland-eystra         Hótel43-48                 Upplýsingar fyrir
                                                                                                                       8
                                 Hotel/                     Tourist
         Ferja
         Ferry                   Gistihús                   ferðamenn                 Safn
                                                                                      Museum                        Flugvöllur
                                                                                                                    Airport
  8.   Austurland                     49-53                 Information
  9.   Skaftafellssýslur
                                 Guesthouse
                                      54-58
                                                                      3
 10.   Suðurland
         Bátur
         Boat                         59-69
                                 Íþróttavöllur
                                 Sports Field          2    Golfvöllur
                                                            Golf Course               Bókasafn
                                                                                      Library                       Tjaldsvæði
                                                                                                                    Camping Site
 11.   Skálar Ferðafélag Íslands      70-71
 12.
         Áhugaverður
         Place of
       Tjaldsvæði
         staður
         Interest                     73-86
                                 Bílaverkstæði              Skíðalyfta
                                                            Ski Lift
                                                                                10
                                                                                 ÍB   Apartments
 13.   Sundlaugar
                                 Garage
                                      87-98                                                                    9
Í listum um þjónustu utan þéttbýlis er vísað til þessara númera á landshlutakortum:
                                          1
      Hotels andGuesthouses Key to Symbols
                      Guesthouses
   Hotels 1 Hótel/Gistihús 1 Tjaldsvæði -- KeySundstaðir
 1 Þjóðveganúmer and TÁKN - SYMBOLS - ZEICHENto Symbols
                                            1
          Opið allt árið.
         Opið allt árið.                            Sundlaug/Fjarlægð km.
                                                   Sundlaug/Fjarlægð km.                     Aðkoma fyrir fatlaða.
                                                                                            Aðkoma fyrir fatlaða.
          Open all year.
         Open all year.                             Swimming pool/Distance km.
                                                   Swimming pool/Distance km.                Access the disabled.
                                                                                            Access forfor the disabled.
          Das ganze Jahr geöffnet.
         Das ganze Jahr geöffnet.                   Schwimmbad/Entfernung km.
                                                   Schwimmbad/Entfernung km.                 Zugang für Behinderte.
                                                                                            Zugang für Behinderte.
         Aðeins opið yfir sumarið.
          Aðeins opið yfir sumarið.                Heitur pottur.
                                                    Heitur pottur.                         Þvottavél/Þvottaaðstaða.
                                                                                             Þvottavél/Þvottaaðstaða.
          Only open summer.
         Only open inin summer.                    Hot tub.
                                                    Jacuzzi.                               Washing machine/Facilities.
                                                                                             Washing machine/Facilities.
         Nur im Sommer geöffnet. Bank
          Nur im Sommer geöffnet.
        Tankstelle                                 “Heißer Pott”
                                                             Pott”
                                                    “Heißer Schwimmbad                PostamtWaschmaschine/Waschmöglichkeit.
                                                                                           Waschmaschine/Waschmöglichkeit.
                                                                                                               Polizei
         Uppbúin rúm/Fjöldi.
          Uppbúin rúm/Fjöldi.                      Ljósabekkir.
                                                    Sólbekkir.                              Internet.
                                                                                              Internet.
        Restaurant/
         Made-up beds/Number.
          Made-up beds/Number.                     Solarium.
                                                    Solarium.                               Internet.
                                                                                              Internet.             Krankenhaus/
        Imbiß Betten/Anzahl. Sparkasse
         Fertige Betten/Anzahl.
          Fertige                                          Kirche
                                                   Solarium.
                                                    Solarium.                         Apotheke
                                                                                           Internet.
                                                                                             Internet.              Ambulanz

        Svefnpokapláss/Fjöldi. Hotel/               Veiðileyfiútveguð.
                                                   VeiðileyfiTourist                        Hundar leyfðir.
                                                                                             Hundar leyfðir.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Ó! · 12162
         Svefnpokapláss/Fjöldi.                                útveguð.
        Sleeping bag places/Number.
        Fähre bag places/Number.
         Sleeping               Gästehaus          Angling procured.
                                                    Angling Information
                                                             procured.                Museum allowed.
                                                                                           Dogs allowed.
                                                                                            Dogs                    Flugplatz
         Schlafsacksplätze/Anzahl.
          Schlafsacksplätze/Anzahl.                Angelschein enthältilich.
                                                    Angelschein enthältilich.               Hunde Willkommen.
                                                                                             Hunde Willkommen.

         Herbergi með sturtu/Fjöldi.
         Herbergi með sturtu/Fjöldi.               Golfvöllur/Fjarlægð km.
                                                    Golfvöllur/Fjarlægð km.                 Ferðaþjónusta bænda.
                                                                                             Ferðaþjónusta bænda.
        Boot/Schiffshower/Number.
        Rooms with shower/Number.
         Rooms with
                                  Sportplatz                Golfplatz
                                                   Golf Course/Distance km.
                                                    Golf Course/Distance km.
                                                                                      Bibliothek                 Campingplatz
                                                                                             Icelandic Farm Holidays.
                                                                                               Icelandic Farm Holidays.
         Zimmer mit Dusche/Anzahl.
          Zimmer mit Dusche/Anzahl.                Golfplatz/Entfernung km.
                                                    Golfplatz/Entfernung km.                Ferien auf dem Bauernhof.
                                                                                             Ferien auf dem Bauernhof.
        Interessanter
         Herbergi með síma.
        Ort
          Herbergi með síma.        Autowerkstatt Tjaldsvæði.
                                                          Skilift
                                                   Tjaldsvæði.                              Sumarhús.
                                                                                             Sumarhús.
         Rooms with telephone.
          Rooms with telephone.                    Campsite
                                                    Campsite                                Holiday Cottage.
                                                                                             Holiday Cottage.
         Zimmer mit Telefon.
          Zimmer mit Telefon.                      Zeltplatz.
                                                    Zeltplatz.                              Ferienhäuser.
                                                                                             Ferienhäuser.

         Herbergi með sjónvarpi.
          Herbergi með sjónvarpi.                   Hestaleiga nágrenni.
                                                   Hestaleiga í í nágrenni.                 Farfuglaheimili.
                                                                                              Farfuglaheimili.
         Rooms with television.
          Rooms with television.                   Horse rental near-by.
                                                    Horse rental near-by.                   Youth Hostel.
                                                                                              Youth Hostel.
         Zimmer mit Fernseher.
          Zimmer mit Fernseher.                    Pferdeverleih in der Nähe.
                                                    Pferdeverleih in der Nähe.              Jugendherberge.
                                                                                              Jugendherberge.




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                                                                                      H Hotel.
         Fundaaðstaða.
          Fundaaðstaða.                            Hjólaleiga.
                                                    Hjólaleiga.                             Hótel.
                                                                                             Hótel.
         Facilities for meetings.
          Facilities for meetings.
         Konferenzraum/Konferenzräume.
          Konferenzraum/Konferenzräume.
                                                   Bicycles for hire.
                                                    Bicycles for hire.
                                                   Fahrradverleih.
                                                    Fahrradverleih.
                                                                                      H Hotel.Hotel.
                                                                                              Hotel.
         Heitar máltíðir/Veitingar.                Bátaleiga.
          Heitar máltíðir/Veitingar.
         Warm meals/Refreshments.
          Warm meals/Refreshments.
                                                    Bátaleiga.
                                                   Boats for hire.
                                                    Boats for hire.                   G Gistiheimili/Einkaheimili.
                                                                                         Gistiheimili/Einkaheimili.

                                                                                      GGuest house/Private home.
                                                                                         Guest house/Private home.
                                                                                                                                          ICELANDI C DESIGN

         Warme Mahlzeiten/Erfrischungen.
          Warme Mahlzeiten/Erfrischungen.          Bootsverleih.
                                                    Bootsverleih.                           Gasthaus/Privatunterkunft.
                                                                                             Gasthaus/Privatunterkunft.


                                                                                      S School.
         Morgunverður.
          Aðeins morgunverður.
                                                   Vélsleðaleiga.
                                                    Vélsleðaleiga.                          Skóli.
                                                                                             Skóli.
         Breakfast. only.
          Breakfast
         Frühstück.
          Nur Frühstück.
                                                   Snowmobiles for hire.
                                                    Snowmobiles for hire.
                                                   Motorschlittenverleih.
                                                    Motorschlittenverleih.            S Schule.
                                                                                              School.
                                                                                              Schule.


                                                                                      C Félagsheimili.
         Eldunaraðstaða.
          Eldunaraðstaða.                          Bátsferðir.
                                                    Bátsferðir.
                                                                                      C Community centre.
                                                                                              Félagsheimili.
         Cooking facilities.
          Cooking facilities.                      Boating trips.
                                                    Boating trips.                            Community centre.
         Kochmöglichkeit.
          Kochmöglichkeit.                         Bootsfahrten.
                                                    Bootsfahrten.                       Gemeindezentrum.
                                                                                              Gemeindezentrum.
         Vínveitingar.
          Vínveitingar.
                                                   Gönguleiðir.                             SAF - Samtök ferðaþjónustunnar.
                                                    Gönguleiðir.                             SAF - Samtök ferðaþjónustunnar.
         Off-licence.
          Off-licence.
                                                   Hiking paths.
                                                    Hiking paths.
                                                                                            The Icelandic Travel Industry
         Ausschank.
          Ausschank.
                                                   Wanderwege.
                                                    Wanderwege.
                                                                                             The Icelandic
                                                                                            Association. Travel Industry Association.

         Smáhús.                                   Bensín.                                  Reykingar bannaðar.
         Camping Huts.                             Petrol/Gasoline.
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Country and PeoPle
COUNTRY AND PEOPLE                                                                                                                                   airlines, CoaChes, terMinals
The Land
The Land                      km
                              km2
                                  2
                                              Tungnafellsjökull
                                              Tungnafellsjökull               1,540
                                                                              1,540             Longest Rivers
                                                                                                Longest Rivers          km
                                                                                                                        km
Iceland
Iceland                    103,000
                           103,000            Kerling
                                              Kerling                         1,538
                                                                              1,538             Þjórsá
                                                                                                ðjórsá                  230
                                                                                                                        230   Air terminals, domestic flights:                                Airport from the BSI Bus Terminal two and a half hours
Greater Reykjavík area
Greater Reykjavík area        1,000
                              1,000           Þorvaldsfell in Askja
                                               orvaldsfell in Askja
                                              ð                               1,510
                                                                              1,510             Jökulsá á Fjöllum
                                                                                                Jökulsá á Fjöllum       206
                                                                                                                        206   Air Iceland operates domestic flights and flights to the        prior to flight departure. For further information www.
Cultivated
Cultivated                   23,805
                             23,805           Hekla
                                              Hekla                           1,491
                                                                              1,491             Ölfusá/Hvítá
                                                                                                Ölfusá/Hvítá            185
                                                                                                                        185   Faroe Islands and Greenland from a terminal on Reykjavík        flybus.is or Tel.: 562-1011. Hotel pick-up available at major
Lakes
Lakes                         2,757
                              2,757                                                             Skjálfandafljót
                                                                                                Skjálfandafljót         178
                                                                                                                        178   airportís west side. Their domestic schedule includes           hotels and guesthouses in Reykjavík, reservations through
Glaciers                     11,922           Largest Glaciers                km2               Jökulsá á Dal           150   Akureyri, Egilsstaðir , the Westman Islands and Ísafjörður.     hotel lobbies. A taxi/limousine service is also available:
Glaciers                     11,922                                                             Jökulsá á Dal           150
Wasteland                    64,538           Vatnajökull                     8,300                                           Air Iceland operates also at Akureyri Airport, 460-7000,        consult hotel lobbies or call any taxi station.
Wasteland                    64,538
Coastline                 4,970 km            Langjökull                        953             Highest Waterfalls   metres   with scheduled services to the following destinations:
Coastline                 4,970 km
                                              Hofsjökull                        925             Glymur                  190   Grímsey Island, Þórshöfn, and Vopnafjörður. www.airiceland.     Airline ticket offices:
Highest Mountains         metres              Mð rdalsjökull
                                              Mýrdalsjökull                     596             Háifoss                 122   is websales@airiceland.is, Tel. 570-3030.                       Air Iceland at Reykjavík Airport, Tel. 570-3030.
Hvannadalshnjúkur           2,110             Drangajökull                      160             Hengifoss               110                                                                   Flugfélagið Ernir at Reykjavík Airport, Tel. 562-4200.
Bárð  arbunga
Bárðarbunga                 2,000                                                               Seljalandsfoss           65   Flugfélagið Ernir (Eagle Air) operates scheduled                Icelandair call centre, Tel. 5050-100.
                                              Largest Lakes                    km2
Kverkfjöll                  1,920             Largest Lakes                    km2              Skógafoss                62   flights to Bíldudalur, Gjögur, Sauðárkrókur, Höfn and the       Iceland Express, Grímsbæ, Efstaland 26, Tel. 550-0600.
                                              ðórisvatn                       83-88
Snæfell                     1,833             Þórisvatn                       83-88             Dettifoss                44   Westman Islands. The flights depart from Eagle Air´s            Mýflug at Mývatn, Tel. 464-4400.
                                              ðingvallavatn                      82
Hofsjökull                  1,765             Þingvallavatn                      82             Gullfoss                 32   terminal at Reykjavík Airport. near Hotel Loftleiðir, booking
                                              Lögurinn                           53
Herð   ubreið
Herðubreið                  1,682             Lögurinn                           53             Goð  afoss
                                                                                                Goðafoss                 12   Tel: 562-2640. Charter flights on request, Tel. 562-4200,       Check-in: There is a choice of check-in options at
                                              Mð vatn                            37
Eiríksjökull                1,675             Mývatn                             37                                           www.ernir.is.                                                   Keflavík International Airport: Airport check-in
                                              Hvítárvatn                         30
Eyjafjallajökull            1,666             Hvítárvatn                         30                                           Mýflug, Tel. 464-4400 has its headquarters at Mývatn (north     time at the airport is no later than two hour before
                                                                                                                              Iceland), and offers sightseeing flights and charter flights    departure, to USA no later than three hours.
                                                                                                                              from the Mývatn area. myflug@myflug.is www.myflug.is
Total population 1 Jan. 2010: 317,630. Greater Reykjavík
Total population 1 Jan. 2011: 318,452 . Greater Reykjavík                    Sunrise and sunset in the year 2011
                                                                             Sunrise and sunset in the year 2010                                                                              Coach Terminal
202,341; Reykjavík 119,108; Suðurnes 21,359; West Iceland
200,907; Reykjavík 118,326; Suð     urnes 21,088; West Iceland                     Reykjavík
                                                                                   Reykjavík         Akureyri
                                                                                                     Akureyri                 Air terminals, international flights/ airport transfer:         BSÍ Bus Terminal, Vatnsmýrarvegur, Reykjavík, Tel : 580-5400.
15,379; Western Fjords 7,137; Northwest Iceland 7,393;
15,370; Western Fjords 7,362; Northwest Iceland 7,394;                                                                        Keflavík Airport for all international flights except the       Main terminal for bus traffic out of Reykjavík to all parts of
                                                                      January 1
                                                                      January 1    11.19
                                                                                   11.19   15.44
                                                                                           15.44     11.32
                                                                                                     11.32    15.00
                                                                                                              15.00
Northeast Iceland 29,006; East Iceland 8,956; South Iceland
Northeast Iceland 28,900; East Iceland 12,459; South Iceland          February 5 09.56     17.28     09.52    17.01           Faroe Islands and Greenland. Bus transportation to Keflavík     the country.
27,152. - Employment 2010: 167,300 thereof in agriculture
23,879. - Employment 2008: 178,600 thereof in agriculture             February 5 09.56     17.29     09.51    17.02
and fishing, 9,700; industry; 31,100; and services, 126,500.          March 5
                                                                      March   5    08.22
                                                                                   08.22   18.58
                                                                                           18.58     08.10
                                                                                                     08.09    18.39
                                                                                                              18.40
and fishing, 8,600; industry; 39,600; and services, 130,400.
Fishing fleet 2010: 818, total 148,544 GRT.
Fishing fleet 2009: 826, total 175,682 GRT.                           April 2
                                                                      April 2      06.43
                                                                                   06.42   20.21
                                                                                           20.22     06.25
                                                                                                     06.24    20.10
                                                                                                              20.10
Total fish catch 2010: 1,068,202 tonnes. Number of cars
Total fish catch 2009: 1,132,416 tonnes. Number of cars 2009:         May 77       04.40   22.11     04.11    22.10
                                                                      May          04.40   22.11     04.10    22.11
20010: 237,089. Travellers to 2009: 494,000.
238,149. Travellers to Iceland Iceland 2010: 495,000.                 June 4
                                                                      June 4       03.16
                                                                                   03.15   23.38
                                                                                           23.39     02.23
                                                                                                     02.22    00.02*
                                                                                                              00.03*
Salmon catch 2010: 75.500. Hunting 2010: Reindeer 1229.
Salmon catch 2009: 73.207. Hunting 2009: Reindeer 1319.               June 2121            00.04*
                                                                                   02.54 00.05*      01.25    01.04*
                                                                      June         02.54             01.24    01.04*                     Geysir area




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Weights and Measures                                                  July 2
                                                                      July 2       03.06
                                                                                   03.07   23.56
                                                                                           23.55     02.00
                                                                                                     02.01    00.29*
                                                                                                              00.28*
Weights and Measures
1 inch (UK and US) = 2.54 cm                                          August 6
                                                                      August   6   04.49
                                                                                   04.50   22.16
                                                                                           22.15     04.19
                                                                                                     04.20    22.15
                                                                                                              22.14
1 inch (UK and US) = 2.54 cm
1 foot (UK and US) = 12 inches = 30.48 cm
1 foot (UK and US) = 12 inches = 30.48 cm                             Sept 3
                                                                      Sept 3       06.14
                                                                                   06.15   20.38
                                                                                           20.37     05.54
                                                                                                     05.54    20.28
                                                                                                              20.27
1 acre (UK and US) = 4,047 m2
1 acre (UK and US) = 4,047 m2                                                    1 07.35
                                                                      October 1 07.36      18.58     07.21    18.41
                                                                      October              18.57     07.22    18.41                                             www.airportexpress.is
1 mile (UK and US) = 1,609 km.
1 mile (UK and US) = 1,609 km.                                        Nov. 5       09.22   16.59     09.18    16.33
                                                                      Nov. 5       09.23   16.59     09.19    16.32

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1 knot (International) = 1,852 m
1 knot (International) = 1,852 m                                      Dec. 33      10.50   15.45     10:58    15.05
1 pint (UK) = 0.473 cm3                                               Dec.         10.50   15.44     10:59    15.05
1 pint (UK) = 0.473 cm3                                               Dec. 21      11.22 15.30       11.38    14.44
1 pint (US) = 0.568 cm3                                               Dec. 21      11.21 15.30       11.38    14.43
1 pint (US) = 0.568 cm3
1 pound (Ice.) = 0.500 kg
                                                                                                                                                                      Activities
1 pound (Ice.) = 0.500 kg                                             *) Next day.
                                                                      *) Next day.
1 pound (lb UK and US) = 0.45359237 kg
1 pound (lb UK and US) = 0.45359237 kg                                Source: Statistics of Iceland
                                                                      Source: Statistics of Iceland
1 ounce (oz UK and US) = 28.35 g
1 ounce (oz UK and US) = 28.35 g                                      and Icelandic University Almanac 2011.
                                                                      and Icelandic University Almanac 2010.




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Canada, Túngata 14. Tel.: 575-6500.
                                                                  Tipping
                                                                  Service is invariably included in all prices for restaurants,           DON’T FORGET YOUR PASSPORT
China, Víðimelur 29. Tel.: 552-6322.                              hotels, taxis, hairdressers, etc. Tipping is therefore not
Denmark, Hverfisgata 29. Tel.: 575-0300.
Finland, Túngata 30. Tel.: 510-0100.
                                                                  customary in Iceland.
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                                                                                                                                                              Full-circle passport
France, Túngata 22. Tel.: 551-7621                                The luggage storage at BSÍ Coach Terminal at
Germany, Laufásvegur 31. Tel.: 530-1100.                          Vatnsmýrarvegur, 101 Reykjavík, is open daily 04.00-24.00.                                  Our most popular passport. It takes you
India, Skúlagata 17, Tel.: 534 -9955                              Tel.: 591-1000.
Japan, Laugavegur 182. Tel.: 510-8600.                                                                                                                        around Iceland to all the most interesting
Norway, Fjólugata 17. Tel.: 520-0700.                             Lost and found
The Russian Federation, Garðastræti 33. Tel.: 551-5156.           Borgartún 33 - 105 Reykjavík. Tel.: 569-9018. Open
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Sweden, Lágmúli 7. Tel.: 520-1230.                                weekdays 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.00.
United Kingdom, Laufásvegur 31. Tel.: 550-5100.
United States of America, Laufásvegur 21. Tel.: 562-9100.         Electricity
                                                                  The voltage is 220, 50 Hz AC. Please note that prongs on
For further information contact the Ministry for                  equipment you bring with you from home may be different         Sterna - Bílar og fólk
Foreign Affairs, Rauðarárstígur 25 - 150 Reykjavik. Tel.:         from Icelandic standards. Adaptors are available in all major
545-9900 / E-mail external@utn.stjr.is                            hotels and guesthouses and electronic stores.                   http://www.sterna.is
Business contacts                                                 Emergencies - 112                                               sterna@sterna.is
Trade Council of Iceland, Borgartún 35, tel.: 511-4000.           In case of emergency, dial 112 for police, fire department,
Ministry for Economic Affairs , Sölvhólsgata 7, Reykjavík,        ambulance or any other distress situation.                      +354 551 1166
tel.: 545-8500,
Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Rauðarárstígur 25, Reykjavík,       Police


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The Icelandic Federation of Trade, Kringlan 7, 103                Tel.: 444-1000.
Reykjavik, tel.: 588 8910.
Reykjavik Investor Services (RISE), Austurstræti 16,              ER / Emergency ward and doctors on duty
tel.: 540-1600.                                                   Landsspítali-University Hospital, & 543-2000, open every
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use are 1, 5, 10, 50 and 100 krónur.The notes are 500, 1000,      Weekdays 08.00-17 .00, tel. 1770, Læknavaktin, Smáratorg
                                                                                                                                  We would like to welcome you to Iceland.
2000 and 5000 krónur. Foreign exchange is available at all bank   1, Kópavogur is open weekdays 17.00-08.00 and                   While we were waiting for you to visit, we manufactured
branches around the country. Exchange outside regular banking     around the clock on weekends and public holidays, tel.
hours is open 24 hours at Landsbankinn at Keflavík Airport.       1770. Reception open 17.00-23.00. The Health Centre,            with great care a range of woolen garments.
Credit cards / debit cards
                                                                  Holtasmári 1,Kópavogur, tel 510-6500, is open weekdays
                                                                  9-12 and 16-18.
                                                                                                                                  We would be honored if you could come and take a look.
Debit cards: Electron, Maestro and EDC debit cards are                                                                            The staff of Vik´s woolen/specialty shop
commonly accepted. Cash can be obtained against these             Dental help
cards in all bank and savings bank ATMs, as well as against       Information on dentists on duty tel.: 575-0505.
Cirrus and Eurocheque ATM-only cards. Diners Club and JCB
cardholders with Cirrus acceptance have access to all ATMs.       Pharmacies
                                                                  Lyfja on Lágmúli 7 is open daily 08.00-24.00. Tel.: 533-2300.
Credit cards: VISA and MasterCard are the major cards
in Iceland, both serviced by all banks and savings banks          Domestic calls
in Iceland. MasterCard is the agent for Diners Club and           Phone numbers in Iceland are seven-digit numbers. No
JCB. Cash advance service for cardholders is available as         area codes are necessary, you dial the number directly.
follows: on VISA and MasterCard as well as Diners Club, in        The Icelandic phone book, lists names alphabetically by
all banks, savings banks and all ATMs, on JCB at MasterCard       Christian names, not family names.
Iceland, Ármúli 28-30, Reykjavík, T. 550-1500.                                                                                                                                                  Avaliable
                                                                  International calls                                                                                                       at most respectable
Emergencies / lost or stolen cards                                When calling outside Iceland, dial without interruption the                                                                souvenier stores.
American Express: 800-8111, lost travellerís cheques:             international code (00), then the country code, the area
00 (44)1273-571600. MasterCard & Diners Club: Ármúli              code, and finally the number. If you need help to reach the                                                                  Víkurprjón ehf
28. 533-1400 / 550-1500. 24-hour telephone service: 00            number, you can call 1811 for assistance. If you need help
(45) 3673-7373.                                                   in finding a phone number abroad, you can call 1811 for
                                                                                                                                                                   www.varma.is                S: 487-1250
VISA: Laugavegur 77: 24-hour telephone service: 525-2000          information.
/ 525 2200. Toll-free number: 800-5252.
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Prepaid calling cards both for public phones and gsm
are available at post offices and gas stations around the
                                                                Vodafone
                                                                Offers national coverage of GSM services, both prepaid
                                                                                                                                                                Our most popular passport. It takes you
country.                                                        and subscriptions. Vodafone offers Customer Care Service                                        around Iceland to all the most interesting
                                                                (1414/1800) 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Phone calls
Phone Centres                                                   from Vodafone mobile phones to Customer Care are free                                           locations, such as Mývatn and Jökulsárlón!
An International call centre is situated in the Tourist         of charge. Call 1414 or 1800 to get further information.
Information Centre at Adalstraeti 2, down town Reykjavik.
Calling cards can be purchased at the Tourist Information       Post offices in Reykjavík
Centreís main desk                                              Pósthússtræti 5, 101 Reykjavík. Tel.: 580-1200, Mon.-

Internet Access
                                                                Fri.: 09.00-18:00. Síðumúli 3-5, Mon.-Fri.: 09.00-18:00.
                                                                Þönglabakki 4, Mon.-Fri.: 9.00-18.00. Hraunbær 119, Mon.-
                                                                                                                              Sterna - Bílar og fólk
Most coffee houses have wireless Internet access.               Fri.: 09.00-18:00. Hverafold 1-3, Mon.-Fri.: 09.00-18.00.     http://www.sterna.is
Computers with Internet connections are available at:
Toursit Info Centre, Aðalstræti 2; Ráðhúskaffi City Hall, BSÍ   Other post offices in the capital area                        sterna@sterna.is
Bus Terminal, Icelandic Travel Market,Bankastræti 2; Arctic     Seltjarnarnes, Eiðistorg 15, Mon.-Fri.: 09.00-18.00.
Rafting, Laugavegur 11.                                         Kópavogur, Hamraborg 1-3, Mon-Fri.: 09.00-18.00.              +354 551 1166
                                                                Garðabær, Litlatún 2, Mon-Fri.: 09.00-18.00. Hafnarfjörður,
Phone booths                                                    Fjörður Shopping Mall, Mon-Fri.: 09.00-18.00. Mosfellsbær,                trAVeL PubLicAtioNs



                                                                                                                                              www.sterna.is
Telephone booths at Austurvöllur telegraph office (near         Háholt 14, Mon-Fri.: 09.00-18.00.                                           www.heimur.is
The Parliament House) are open weekdays 08:15-19:00,
and Saturdays 10:00-18:00. You can use coins or phone           Postal rates                                                  Daily News from Iceland: www.icelandreview.com
cards. Fax services are also available.                         Within Iceland
                                                                Up to 50 gr. ISK 80; 100 gr. ISK 90; 250 gr. ISK 130.
Gsm / Cell phones                                               To Europe
There are two GSM / Cell phone operators in Iceland,            Up to 50 gr. ISK 165; 100 gr. ISK 285; 250 gr. ISK 545.       Dear Traveller
Iceland Telecom and Vodafone. Both telephone companies          Outside Europe
sell pre-paid GSM phone cards, which visitors may find          Up to 50 gr. ISK 220; 100 gr. ISK 450; 250 gr. ISK 800.       We would like to welcome you to Iceland.
convenient to use with their own GSM phones. Pre-paid
cards are available at petrol stations around the country.
                                                                Further information on prices and services in English:
                                                                www.postur.is
                                                                                                                              While we were waiting for you to visit, we manufactured
GSM phones may be rented from Iceland Telecom, Ármúli                                                                         with great care a range of woolen garments.
27, Reykjavík.
                                                                                                                              We would be honored if you could come and take a look.
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                                               Images of Iceland in Centuries Past
                                               By Sumarliði Ísleifsson
                                               Numerous narratives are contained in ancient and medieval texts, featuring Thule, a distant island
                                               near the furthest ocean, where in the summer the day was longer than elsewhere, and where in
The N1 staff greets you with a                 winter it was correspondingly shorter. These later became tied to proper accounts of Iceland. The
smile at over 120 locations all                first such accounts date back to the 11th and 12th centuries and may be traced to Germany and
around Iceland. We offer various               Denmark, the early Iceland reports being attributed to Saxo Grammaticus and the German priest
services, such as fuel, car- and               Adam von Bremen. Further reports followed, from the Nordic countries and Central and Southern
travel products, as well as                    Europe.
delicious food and beverages.                  When the printing of books began in the mid-15th century, historical and geographical texts were
Free WI-FI and open 24/7 at                    among the most popular published works. Iceland was often mentioned in those. One of the most
selected locations.                            extensive writings on Iceland was in Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus (History of the Nordic
                                               Peoples) by the Swedish bishop Olaus Magnus, which was published in Rome in 1555. That account
                                               is based on Saxo’s text to a considerable extent, yet also adds new information. Most other writ-
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                                               ings about Iceland in the 16th and 17th centuries, and even well into the 18th century, were based on
                                               Magnus’s writings.
                                               The first travel report from Iceland appeared in the latter part of the 16th century, written by the
                                               German merchant Gories Peerse, who traded out of Hamburg. He related tall tales of Iceland’s
Stop by! We're looking forward                 people and landscapes, which did not depict the nation in the best light.. Among other things his
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                                               writings led to the publication of the first defence of Iceland as well as promotional texts, and
                                               many people who subsequently wrote about Iceland used his writings in their own work. The
                                               most renowned of those was Blefken, a Dutchman who wrote a highly exaggerated report about
the Icelanders at the beginning of the
17th century. He maintained that he had
visited the country, but it is unlikely that
he had. He combined accounts taken
from geographical and historical texts,
added reports from merchant sailors and
traders, including Gories Peerse, and put
together some exceedingly tall tales about
Icelanders. These were perhaps not so
different from other tales about people
and nations in faraway places, which were
written for the amusement of readers in
the “civilized” world. Blefken’s writings
received wide distribution and, along with
Olaus Magnus’s text, became the prim-
ary source document about Iceland for a
lengthy period. The following description
from the mid-17th century by French
author La Martinìere may be taken as an
example:

The people of Iceland, for the most part,
dwell in caverns, hewn out of the rocks,            mAp Of ICELAND, fROm fRANCE 1780.
and the rest live in huts, built like those
in Lapland, some with wood, and others
with fish bones covered with turf; and                             Until the mid-18th century there were few eyewitness
both they and their cattle lie under the same roof.Their beds      accounts of Iceland. From that time onwards, however, the
are composed of hay or straw, upon which they lie in their         number of expeditions to Iceland grew. Descriptions by
cloaths, with skins upon them, and make but one bed for the        travellers soon formed the basis of reports from Iceland.          REykjAvík IN 1872, A pAINtINg by bIshOp jóN hELgAsON.
whole family. Both men and women have very disagreeable            These appeared in travel books, which were becoming more
persons: they are swarthy, and dress like the Norwegians, in       and more popular, and in newspapers and magazines. As the
coats made of the skins of the sea calf, with the hair outw-       19th century progressed, new reports of trips to Iceland           if one regards both its quantity and its quality. Nowhere else,     nature was even considered beautifuland sublime by those
ard ... They live by fishing, are very brutal and slovenly ...     appeared annually, sometimes even many times a year, and           except in Greece, was so much produced that attained, in            who visited the country. Certain types of natural phenomena
(La Martinière, Pierre Martin de: A New Voyage to the North        they have continued unabated since then.                           times of primitive simplicity, so high a level of excellence both   became most popular: waterfalls, geysers and, of course, volc-
: Containing, A full Account of Norway; the Laplands, both Danish, After the mid-19th century, reports about Iceland and the          in imaginative power and in brilliance of expression (Bryce,        anoes. They became symbols of Iceland and Icelanders in the
Swedish and Muscovite; Of Borandia, Siberia, Samojedia, Zembla     Icelanders changed and the general public gradually stopped        James, „Preface“. In Jón Stefánsson, Denmark and Sweden, x-xi,      early 19th century and were referred to whenever Iceland
and Iseland : With the Description of the Religion and Customs of  believing the old exaggerated stories. Research texts about        London 1916.).                                                      and the Icelanders were under discussion.
these several Nations ... London 1706, frumútg. á frönsku 1671).   Iceland were published and translated into numerous lang-                                                                              Reports about countries and nations do not always reflect
London 1706, originally published in French in 1671).              uages. An interest in Nordic culture grew and romantic views       Iceland’s nature was renowned from the beginning. Most              what we consider to be the truth, and Iceland is no excep-
                                                                                   began to appear in one Iceland description         accounts focused on volcanic eruptions, and springs that had        tion. Many other factors govern how individual countries
                                                                                   after another. The historical writings of the      a multitude of properties. Many reports maintained that the         and nations are portrayed. Iceland’s geographical position, far
                                                                                   Icelanders were said to have rescued the           country was surrounded by ice for most of the year. Iceland         from the centre of Western European culture, has been very
                                                                                   Nordic and Germanic cultural heritage. Some        was portrayed as a place of wonder where sea monsters               significant in this regard. The country was sparsely populated
                                                                                   said that the customs of the forebears of          appeared, and according to some accounts the ice could be           and the nation posed no threat to anyone. Moreover, it is an
                                                                                   Central and Northern Europeans had remai-          set on fire when it was old enough. The ice also emitted a          island in the northern sea, and reports from other islands
                                                                                   ned unchanged in Iceland since early times,        noise that was believed to come from tortured souls paying          and distant countries became transposed onto it.
                                                                                   including those associated with language,          their dues for having lived a sinful life. It was more common,      The images of Iceland reveal a great deal. On the one hand,
                                                                                   clothing and living quarters, even though          however, for those souls to be grilled over the fires of Mt.        Icelanders were described as primitive and base, the antithes-
                                                                                   much had degenerated since Iceland’s “golden       Hekla, which was said to erupt constantly with a great deal         is of people in civilized societies. Living quarters, food and
                                                                                   age”. Thus many people regarded Iceland as         of commotion.                                                       various Icelandic customs were upheld as proof, and conse-
                                                                                   a sort of museum and believed that taking a        This was the predominant image of Icelandic nature until the        quently Icelanders were seen more as animals than human
                                                                                   trip there was like travelling back in time. And   year 1800 and beyond. During the latter part of the 19th cent-      beings. And yet, many authors drew a positive picture of the
                                                                                   it was claimed that the Icelanders were:           ury, however, this image began to change. Iceland became a          Icelanders, regarding them as primitive children of nature.
                                                                                                                                      worthwhile object of study, where the earth could be viewed         They were admired for their simple lifestyle, innocence,
                                                                                   … intellectually cultivated people which has       in its infancy. Furthermore, research conducted within the          hospitality and love of their country, and were presented as
                                                                                   produced a literature both in prose and            country was believed to shed light on the formation of the          an antidote to the corruption of the times.
                                                                                   in poetry that stands among the primitive          earth and geology in general.                                       In other words, reports of Iceland from centuries past are
                                                                                   literatures next after that of ancient Greece      In the latter part of the 18th century and in the 19th cent-        incredibly diverse and paradoxical: the country has been
                                                                                                                                      ury, the number of people who felt that Iceland was both            described as an oasis of bliss, an island of wretchedness, and
                                                                                                                                      frightening and attractive grew exponentially. Increasingly its     everything in between.
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                                                THE GREAT LITTLE
                                                PHOTOBOOK
                                                ABOUT THE BIG
                                                VOLCANIC
                                                ERUPTION IN 2010




                                                                                     ÞóRbERgssEtUR IN sUðURsvEIt.



                                                                                                                     CULTURAL TOURISM
                                                                                     Cultural tourism is a growing field within the tourism                A number of excavation projects have been underway
                                                                                     sector. Although most tourists come to Iceland to see its             throughout Iceland over the past few years, and numerous
                                                                                     magnetic natural landscapes, an increasing number also come           significant discoveries have been made. Facilities allowing
T H E      P E R F E C T              S O U V E N I R      F R O M   I C E L A N D   to learn about Icelandís national heritage and to experience its      visitors to observe the excavations, as well as view artefacts
                                                                                     contemporary culture. Consequently, rural areas are increasingly      that have been discovered, are set up in many places.
                                                                                     exploiting the opportunities inherent in cultural tourism.
                                                                                                                                                           Throughout the country, exhibitions may be found that shed
                                                                                     For a number of years, regional museums have operated                 light on the early centuries of Icelandic settlement, as well as
Get Páll Stefánsson’s photographs of the volcanic                                    throughout Iceland, preserving artefacts relating to daily life and   the heritage of medieval literature and medieval culture. It is
                                                                                     work in the last 2-3 centuries.The oldest artefacts, some dating      hoped that such exhibitions will become more prominent
eruptions that shook the world in 2010 in a neat
                                                                                     back to the settlement of Iceland more than 11 centuries              in the future, partly since they seem to appeal strongly to
little book, 2010 Eruptions, (11cm x 14,5cm)                                         ago, are preserved by the National Museum of Iceland, as are          tourists.
                                                                                     various significant objects from more recent times.
to take home with you. It could also prove a
                                                                                                                                                           The storytelling tradition has long been highly regarded in
fascinating souvenir gift for friends and family at                                  The most important examples of Iceland´s cultural heritage,           Iceland. Icelanders are proud of their writers, many of whom
                                                                                     however, are undoubtedly the Icelandic Sagas, preserved in            have served as fine ambassadors abroad for the nation. The
home, showing the natural forces of Iceland at play.
                                                                                     manuscripts dating back to the 13th century. The manuscripts          homes of Gunnar Gunnarsson and Halldór Kiljan Laxness have
                                                                                     are kept at the Árni Magnússon Institute of Icelandic Studies,        been turned into museums where visitors can gain insight into
                                                                                     where various research is also carried out. Some of the               the lives of the two authors. And in Sudursveit, the birthplace
              For further information: Heimur Publishing                             manuscripts are on display at the Institute, for viewing by the       of author Þórbergur Þórðarsson, a museum has been opened
              Iceland Review,                                                        general public.                                                       to commemorate his life’s work.
              Borgartún 23, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland
              Tel: (+354) 512 7575 www.icelandreview.com                                                                                            23
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                                                                                                                             IN hÖfN, hORNAfjÖRÐUR                                              ámUNDUR svEINssON, REykjAvík


                                                                                                                                                                                        „spELL“, sCULptURE by stEINUNN ÞóRARINsDóttUR IN sANDgERðI.



                                                                                                                                                   CULTURAL TOURISM
                                                                                                                             In recent summers,The National Power Company (Lands¬virkjun)       the award went to “Bræðslan” musical festival in Borgarfjörður
                                                                                                              EIRíksstAðIR
                                                                                                                             has provided artists with the opportunity to exhibit their work    eystri and this year it was awarded to Þórbergssetur in
                                                                                                              IN DALIR.
                                                                                                                             in fun and unique circumstances: in power plants throughout        Suðursveit, a museum dedicated to the life and work of the
                                                                                                                             Iceland. Exhibitions have been held inside powerhouses, inside     writer Þórbergur Þórðarson (1889-1974).
                                                                                                                             Cultural tourism is a growing field within the tourism sector.     The most important examples of Icelandís cultural heritage,
                                                                                                                             the dams themselves, and in tunnels deep beneath the earth,
                                                                                                                             Although most tourists come to Iceland to see its magnetic         however, are undoubtedly the Icelandic Sagas, preserved
                                                                                                                             making for a new and different experience. Other events, such as   The Iceland Saga Trail Association was founded in 2006.
                                                                                                                             natural landscapes, an increasing number also come to              in manuscripts dating back to the 13th century. The
                                                                                                                             concerts, have also frequently been held on weekends.              The main objective of the association is to be a forum for
                                                                                                                             learn about Icelandís national heritage and to experience          manuscripts are kept at the Árni Magnússon Institute of
Music lovers can also find something to their liking, as concerts aimed especially at tourists are held                                                                                         collaboration and consultation for those involved in history-
                                                                                                                             its contemporary culture. Consequently, rural areas are            Icelandic Studies, where various research is also carried out.
nationwide each summer. The same is true of art exhibits, with special summer exhibitions being                              In recent years, the Reykjavík Arts Festival, the Institute of     and saga-related tourism in Iceland. The association also aims
                                                                                                                             increasingly exploiting the opportunities inherent in cultural     Some of the manuscripts are on display at the Institute, for
featured in various locations. The National Gallery of Iceland, located in Reykjavík, strives to promote                     Regional Development and Air Iceland have presented a special      to increase cooperation on publicity, quality and professional
                                                                                                                             tourism.                                                           viewing by the general public.
Icelandic art in the summertime.                                                                                             award called “Eyrarrósin” for excellence in the development        standards. Initially the association will focus on the heritage
                                                                                                                             of cultural life in rural areas. In 2005 the award went to the     of medieval Icelandic literature, the first centuries of Icelandís
                                                                                                                             For a number of years, regional museums have operated              A number of excavation projects have been underway
A prominent feature of Icelandís modern culture is the summer celebrations held all over the country.                        Folk Song Festival in Siglufjörður, in 2006 to LungA ñ the         history and medieval culture, i.e. the period from the settlement
                                                                                                                             throughout Iceland, preserving artefacts relating to daily         throughout Iceland over the past few years, and numerous
Each weekend, from early June until September, a festival will be staged somewhere in Iceland.The zenith                     Young Peopleís Art Festival in Seyðisfjörður, and in 2007 it was   around 870 until The Reformation in 1550.
                                                                                                                             life and work in the last 2-3 centuries. The oldest artefacts,     significant discoveries have been made. Facilities allowing
of these summer celebrations is undoubtedly the long Verslunarmannahelgi weekend in August, when                             awarded to the exhibition Iceland Sorcery and Witchcraft, on
                                                                                                                             some dating back to the settlement of Iceland more than            visitors to observe the excavations, as well as view artefacts
outdoor festivals are held in 10-15 locations throughout the country. These are attended by thousands                        Strandir, northwest Iceland. The Folks´Rock Festival “Aldrei       The Icelandic tourism sector is very aware of the value
                                                                                                                             11 centuries ago, are preserved by the National Museum             that have been discovered, are set up in many places.
of people, mostly in the younger age bracket, although festivals aimed especially at families are also held                  fór ég suður” in Ísafjörður received the award in 2008 and last    inherent in Icelandís cultural heritage; hence its importance is
                                                                                                                             of Iceland, as are various significant objects from more
in some places. These outdoor festivals are vital for the tourist industry as they are normally of the                       year The Settlement Centre of Iceland in Borgarnes. Last year      likely to grow in the future.
                                                                                                                             recent times.                                                      Throughout the country, exhibitions may be found that
highest calibre both in terms of organisation and events.
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                                                                                                                                                 athleticism, the peak of Esja offers incredible views of southwest
                                                                                                                                                 Iceland. Thereís nothing like ascending the mountain during the
                                                                                                                                                 summer, as the sun dangles over the horizon throughout the
                                                                                                                                                 light night. Another must-see area accessible to hikers is Lake
                                                                                                                                                 Mývatn, located in north Iceland. Touring the Mývatn area is as
                                                                                                                                                 close as you´ll get to the sensation of travelling through Outer
                                                                                                                                                 Space. This volcanic landscape, scarred by many eruptions, is
                                                                                                                                                 where the Mars Association trains. Bird lovers will also be happy
                                                                                                                                                 to know that Mývatn has more species of breeding ducks than
                                                                                                                                                 any other spot in Europe.

                                                                                                                                                 Midnight Golf As strange as it may seem, Iceland is full of
                                                                                                                                                 golf courses. This harsh climate is a Mecca for golf during the
                                                                                                                                                 summer, when golfers can hit the links from morning through
                                                                                                                                                 the night. Come the middle of June, what was once said to be
                                                                                                                                                 the worldís northernmost 18-hole golf course, Akureyri, hosts
                                                                                                                                                 the Arctic Open, a popular tournament that tees off at midnight.
                                                                                                                                                 For more information on golf, contact the local tourist office.
                                                                                                                                                 And be prepared to hit the ball low. Itís windy out there.

                                                                                                                                                 Swimming is by far the most popular outdoor activity
                                                                                                                                                 in Iceland. Strange, considering this place is called Iceland.
                                                                                                                                                 However, the pools are geothermally heated, so even on a very
                                                                                                                                                 cold winterís day, a trip to the pool is a must. The swimming
                                                                                                                                                 pools are where you can take the pulse of the nation, as the
                                                                                                                                                 hot pots are where Icelanders trade stories, make deals and
hIkINg IN víkNAhEIðI IN bORgARfjöRðUR EystRI.                                                                                                    arrange that late-night pub rendezvous. During the summer
                                                                                                                                                 months, youíll see Icelanders soaking up every last minute of
                                                                                                                                                 sunshine at one of the public swimming pools, laid out like many
                                                                                                                                                 seals on a warm, sandy beach. If the pool´s not your thing, but
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                    adVenture iCeland
                                                                                                                                                 you´d still like to take the plunge, head on down to Nauthólsvík,
                                                                                                                                                 the thermal beach located in a secluded cove in Reykjavík.If
                                                                                                                                                 you want more nature for your soak, go to one of Icelandís                the security of participants is ensured through strict safety
                                                                                                                                                 many geothermal hot springs, or head to Icelandís most popular            measures and the highest quality equipment. Special wet suits,
For those looking to explore Iceland´s diverse natural world,             Iceland you are at this very moment, there´s sure to be a              tourist attraction, the Blue Lagoon.                                      safety vests, helmets and wet shoes are provided. Prior to
the outdoor possibilities are endless. Despite the hoards of              boat waiting to take you within an arm´s reach of a breaching                                                                                    heading out, guides carefully go over all safety aspects and
youngsters who venture to Iceland on a weekend stopover to                humpback or a minke whale. Of course, Europe´s capital of              Diving and snorkeling might not be the first thing that                   instruct participants in how to use their oars. Participants are
explore the pubs and cafés of Reykjavik, the number one reason            whale watching is Húsavík, north Iceland. After a trip with            comes to mind when thinking of Iceland.                                   requested to bring a towel and an extra set of underwear.
why tourists visit Iceland is its nature.Sure enough, backpackers         “Gentle Giants” or North Sailing, that owns a.o. an old-               However, Iceland has some of the worlds most unique dive                  River rafting with highly experienced guides is offered on the
arrive in Reykjavik by the plane full, eager to get away from             fashioned schooner, you and your friends, giddy from having just       sites. First of all there is Silfra in lake Thingvellir, located in the   rivers Hvítá and Hólmsá in South Iceland, and in West and East
the capital and pitch their tents some¬place in Iceland´s vast            seen a humpback say hello with its fin, should stop off at the         National Park Thinvellir which is a Unesco World Heritage site.           Jökulsá, in Skagafjördur, among others.The Jökulsá rivers are rated
wilderness. While you don´t have to be Joe Camper to enjoy                Húsavík Whale Centre to enjoy its interesting exhibition.              The Silfra ravine is a fissure created by the continental drift of        most difficult and are therefore popular among thrill-seekers.
Iceland´s rugged terrains, it helps to have an adventurous spirit.                                                                               the Eurasian and American tectonical plates.So, you are literally
                                                                          Wild Salmon Anglers from all across the world travel to                diving or snorkeling between two continents. The ravine is fed            Glacial tours
From Whales to Snowmobiles Imagine yourself flying                        Iceland for what is some of the best salmon fishing anywhere.          with glacial water through underground wells, that has been               The Icelandic glaciers are among the greatest natural wonders
across a glacier with nothing in front of you but white tundra and        North Atlantic salmon carve their way through wild rivers              travelling through lava fields for decades and is therefore as            of the world, which no visitor should miss when travelling in
vistas of rugged mountains. Perhaps the most popular glacier to           flowing past volcanic moun¬tains, deep valleys and open                clear as water can be. The water in this fantastic underwater             the country. Global warming is having effect, causing the glaciers
cross by snowmobile is Snæfellsnesjökull glacier on Snæfellsnes, the      farmland. Other than the massive salmon that you can almost            landscape made of steep rock walls is most likely the clearest            to retreat more every year which could cause their complete
westernmost peninsula of Iceland. Written about in Jules Verne´s          scoop out of the glacial rivers with your hand just like a grizzly     you will ever dive in. The visibility is over 100 meters.                 meltdown in the future. One of the benefits of the Icelandic
adventure novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth, the glacier and       bear, the best thing about fishing in Iceland is that you´ll be able   But Silfra is not the only unique dive site in Iceland. The ocean         glaciers is that they are easily accessible, some of them are
its surrounding area have long had a special hold on both locals and      to enjoy a long stretch of river all to yourself, or along with your   up here is full of life.                                                  practically besides Road No 1. Therefore there is absolutely no
visitors. On top of the glacier - weather permitting - you will sit       fishing friends. While the salmon season runs from around June         Strýtan the geothermal chimney in the Fjord Eyjafjörður is                reason to miss the glacial experience. However visitors should
on your snowmobile and marvel at the view of the North Atlantic           20 to mid-September, the trout season varies from river to river,      another example for great diving.                                         be warned. As magnificent they are, the glaciers are incredibly
Ocean, which appears, from this perch, to be lapping up against           although the official season is from April/May to September/           During the last 12.000 years hot springs at the bottom of the 70          dangerous for those who have not had the right training to
the mountain.If the rush of a snowmobile ride is not your style,          October. For those with thick blood, or a fluffy down jacket,          meter deep ocean have created a 55 meter high chimney that                travel over them. Noone should go on a glacial tour without
venture out to Látrabjarg (West Fjords) and dangle over the largest       ice fishing is very popular here in Iceland. Anglers hungry to         is dived from a boat.                                                     trained guides and with the best available equipment for such
bird cliff in the world. Perched upon this precipice are a variety        land bigger fish wonít have a difficult time finding companies to                                                                                tours. Glacial rifts are extremely hazardous and can be almost
of cliff-nesting species, including the largest razorbill colony in the   take them to deeper waters. Sea fishing normally begins in late        River rafting is an exciting and fun activity, giving participants        anywhere on a glacier. It is therefore only for the best mountain
world. Whether youíre a bird lover, or just an interested bystander,      May and lasts until the end of August. Several tournaments are         unique insight into the tremendous power found in Icelandís               guides to lead inexperienced visitors on a glacial hike. The most
spotting the peculiar-looking Icelandic puffin is sure to please.There    located in different parts of the country.                             natural landscapes. Several locations throughout Iceland offer            accessible and popular glaciers among visitors are Sólheimajökull
is no better place for this than the Westman Islands, home to                                                                                    tourists the opportunity to raft along raging glacial rivers in           and the moving glacial tongues of Vatnajökull in Skaftafell.
Icelandís largest puffin population. If you dare, shimmy up the jagged    Blazing a Trail Iceland is considered a hikerís paradise. With         solid rubber rafts, through rushing rapids and deep gullies,
cliffs of Ystiklettur, and net some puffins with the locals.              lunar landscapes scarred by mass lava flows, glaciers, black sand      accompanied of course by experienced guides who ensure that               Iceland It´s all here for you. From aerial tours and scuba
                                                                          and deep lakes, there is much to witness on foot. One hike             all safety measures are adhered to.Varying levels of difficulty are       diving to jeep safaris, rafting and kayaking, Iceland offers the
Whale watching. Definitely the most popular adventure                     certainly not to be missed is a climb up Mt. Esja, Reykjavikís         possible, anything from easy trips for families (restricted to 12         outdoor enthusiast unlimited adventures. When it comes to
activity in Iceland is whale watching. Regardless of where in             most enduring landmark. Accessible to even those of moderate           years of age and older) to tours aimed at major thrill seekers.           this magical country, the only limit to your adventure is your
                                                                                                                                                 While some might consider river rafting to be dangerous,                  imagination.
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                                                              AROUND ICELAND                                                                                                                                   AROUND ICELAND
                                               Experience Iceland                                                                               Between Shore
                                                                                                                                                 and Mountain
                                               1 Diving & Snorkeling Tours                                           8 Pólar Hestar
                                                                              Daily Dive and Snorkel                                                Grýtubakka II, 601 Akureyri
                                                                              tours to Silfra and other sites.                               ( 463 3179, 893 1879, fax 463 3144.
                                                                              Tel. 663 2858                                                   1-8 day riding tours both into the
                                                                              dive@dive.is                                                      highlands. and to Lake Mývatn.
                                                                              www.dive.is                                                 Daily shorter and longer riding tours.
                                                                                                                               polarhestar@polarhestar.is www.polarhestar.is

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                                                   PADI DIVE CENTER ICELAND




                                                                                                                                                  Gentle Giants Whale Watching
                                               2 Fljótstunga in Hvítársíða                                                                            Visit the Giants of Húsavík
                                                                                                                                                                Húsavík - Iceland
                                                                          We offer guided tours in Víðgelmir,                                                 Tel.: (+354) 464 1500
                                                                          one of the largest lava caves in                                                Mobile: (+354) 894 1501
                                                                          the world. Accommodation – Food                                             http://www.gentlegiants.is
                                                                          services – Hiking paths – Camping.                                                 info@gentlegiants.is
                                                                          Tel.: 435 1198 | 865 4060

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                                                     fljotstunga@fljotstunga.is www.fljotstunga.is                   10 North Sailing Húsavík
                                                                                                                                                Experience the Original Húsavík
                                               3 EagleFjord Travel Service
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                                                                                                                                                           Whale Watching tour.
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                                                                          Welcome to Bíldudalur                                                    Enjoy the magnificent wildlife
                                                                          We offer lodgings and adventure                                          and stunning scenery aboard
                                                                          boat tours with seamonsters and                                       a renovated traditional oak boat.
                 5                                                        Vikings, deep sea angling and                                                        Tel.+354 464 7272
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                 6                                                        barbecues.                                                   info@northsailing.is www.northsailing.is

                 7                        11                              Fish on the hook is a fish on the plate.
                                                     Dalbraut 1. 465 Bíldudalur, Tel. 894-1684
                                                     www.bildudalur.is jon@bildudalur.is
                                                                                                                     11 Mjóeyri Travel
                                                                                                                                                                    Strandgata 120
        2                                      4 Horsefarm Gauksmýri -                                                                                              735 Eskifjörður
                                                                                                                              Boat rental, reindeer guiding, hiking, hunting tours,
                                                                               Gauksmýri Lodge                             shark and dry fish, ski and winter tours, mystery tours.
                                                                           ( 451 2927, fax 451 3427.                                              Special tours to suit your needs.
                                                                           Horse rental - horse show -                                                           mjoeyri@vortex.is
    1                                                                      riding instruction, accommodation                                                       www.mjoeyri.is
                                                     and refreshments. gauksmyri@gauksmyri.is www.gauksmyri.is       12 Unique Glacier Experience
                                     12                                                                                                                     Daily glacier hikes to
            14                                 5   River Rafting Adventures                                                                         Vatnajökull and Mýrdalsjökull
                                                                          Daily rafting on Hvíta river                                            Glacier Guides - Fagurhólsmýri,
                                                                          (near Gullfoss & Geysir, off road                                         Skaftafell Tel. (+354) 571 2100
                                                                          no. 35) and East Glacial River in                                                www.glacierguides.is
                     13 12                                                Skagafjörður (200m from ringroad                                                 info@glacierguides.is
                                                     no.1 at road no. 752) Arctic Rafting, Laugavegur 11,
                                                     Reykjavik, Tel: (+354) 571 2200
                                                     www.arcticrafting.com info@arcticrafting.com                    13 Arcanum - Adventure Tours
                                               6     Ferðaþjónustan Bakkaflöt                                                                            We offer unique tours to
                                                                                                                                                        the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
                                                                              Riverrafting, Acc., Cottages,                                                  Tours from one hour
                                                                              Refreshment, Campsite,                                                              Custom events
                                                                              Swimming pool.                                             Ytri Sólheimar 1, Mýrdalur, Tel. 487-1500
                                                                              Tel. 453-8245                                                       snow@snow.is www.snow.is
                                                     bakkaflot@islandia.is       www.bakkaflot.is

                                               7   Lýtingsstaðir                                                     14 Herríðarhóll - www.herridarholl.is
                                                                                                                                                851 Hella /fax 487 5252, 899 1759.
                                                     Riding tours and riding holidays. Farmcottages.
                                                                                                                          Riding tours on well-trained horses, guided trips, riding
                                                      ( 453 8064, 853 3817,
                                                                                                                                            lessons, single and multiple day rides.
                                                     893 3817. Daily horse rental (April-Oct.) 1-4 hours.
                                                                                                                                   Comfortable double rooms, B&B or full board.
                                                     Rd.752, follow signs from Varmahlíð.
                                                                                                                                                            Black beach - volcano
                                                     lythorse@simnet.is www.lythorse.com
                                                                                                                          Hekla - waterfalls and glacial rivers. We speak English.

				
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