Category Archives: Nature Iceland

Icelandic Folklore

Roger Smith News investigates the mysteries of Icelandic Folklore with Jon Thordarson. Visit www.rogersmithnews.com and check out our world report for more interesting stories from Iceland. The Roger Smith is a hub for social media in #NYC. People. Art. Food. Wine. For 10% off our best available rooms rate: bit.ly web: rogersmith.com blog: rogersmithlife.com fb: facebook.com twitter: twitter.com
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Ljósufjöll 280810 – The peaks ahead.

The Hiking Club Toppfarar hiking Ljósufjöll in Snæfellsnes Iceland. Clear skies and sunny with warm and still weather. Total of 33 members hiked three highest peaks in Snæfellsnes, Gráni (1.006m), Bleikur (1.047m) and Miðtindur (1.067m) at a 16,8 km in 8:10 hrs. This was a golden hike with laughter all the way up and down again. In this video we are getting near the mountain ridge with all three peaks ahead of us, each of them in their own shape and colour, grey, pink and red !

Thorsmork, Valahnukur, in Iceland

Thorsmork is an amazing landscape. It is one of the most remote regions in south Iceland, only acessible to special vehicles. The valley is located between two ice caps and volcanoes, and glacial rivers run in between. There is a birch forest in the valley and much vegetation. This place is very mystical, here we are at the top of Valahnukur, which marks the center of the Ignimbrite formed by a old eruption 54000 years ago. The slope is about half kilometer down, and is absolutely awesome. There are many strange rocks, amazing caves, frigid rivers that flood erratically, icefalls, deep cannyons; no wonder the places here have names as Thorsmork (after the god Thor) and Godaland (the land of the Gods). There are many legends about elfs and trolls, and in fact, for two ocasions, while hiking for about 6 hours we heard strange whispering noises! Accomodation is possible in two small huts in the valley; you must bring food and water with you. The climate is mild but very changeable. To the north you can see the volcanic landscape of Landmannalaugar with many volcanoes, with a famous hiking trail of 3 days called the Laugavetur. Valahnukur is an easy peak, about 1 hour up. These were two very lovely days!

Tourism 101 – a weekend in the Icelandic highlands

What if you had a foreign friend coming over for just one weekend? But you have to test-drive a jeep the same weekend? No problem! Call up a few friends, buy lots and lots of diesel and head to the highlands! Baldur, Soffía, Elli, Eva, Einar and Tashi went for a 700+ km road trip to the inhabitable interior of Iceland, crossing rivers and mountains, bathing in hot streams and cold pools, eating BBQ-food and drinking beer. – I realice the music is a bit fast-paced for nature-scenes, but come on – who’d want to listen to Kenny G???
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Backcountry Ski Touring on Iceland’s Troll Peninsula with Bergmenn Mountain Guides

Bergmenn Mountain Guides in Iceland shot this little video teaser this April 2009 during a couple of days of backcountry Alpine Ski Touring on the Troll Peninsula in Northern Iceland. For more awesome footage from skiing in Iceland visit WWW.BERGMENN.COM where you will find heli ski and ski touring films from the Troll Peninsula, one of the world’s greatest unexplored ski destination. Bergmenn mountain Guides offer a variety of trips to suit every skiers ability be it cross country, alpine ski touring, heli skiing or climbing.

Discover the Ancient Wonders of Iceland

Discover the Ancient Wonders of Iceland

Article by Roy Witman

Viking ships and frigid ice expanses. Snowcapped mountains and rolling hillsides. Water, water and more water. You might imagine all these when someone mentions Iceland. While they are part of what you’ll find, the wonders of Iceland reach much farther. According to the Iceland Tourist Board website, Iceland is closer than you think, but far different than you ever imagined. Nothing could be truer!

Mystery, Myths and Mountains

Ancient legends of Leif Eriksson and other Vikings along with the Midnight Sun shroud Iceland in mystery. Stunning mountain ranges offer scenery similar to that found in the movie The Sound of Music during spring and majestic, jagged peaks during winter. All of these are true depictions of Iceland. However, over the years several myths about this gorgeous slice of nature have also developed. Let’s clear a few of those up.

Did you know:

  • Wintertime temperatures in several areas of Iceland are higher than those in New York City and other eastern seaboard towns.
  • Iceland is only a 5-hour flight from the east coast of the United States. That’s 1 hour shorter than flying from Boston to Seattle!
  • June, July and August offer nonstop fun because Iceland has daylight round the clock.
  • Iceland is virtually a pollution-free country being almost completely powered with geothermal and hydroelectric energy.
  • Iceland has the capability to grow delicious organic fruits and vegetables in greenhouses year round.

Celebrities Rave

Did you also know that celebrities including Saturday Night Live’s Will Forte and mega-star Jodie Foster rave about what fun they had in Iceland? Foster, in her interview with late-night host David Letterman, called Iceland “fantastic” and specifically named the lava fields, glaciers, whales, puffins, thermal pools and neon-blue water as some of her favorites.

While not considered a “celebrity,” the United Nations named Iceland the best country in the world to live. Quite impressive!

Nature At Her Best

If the outdoors is your thing, Iceland won’t disappoint! As Jodie Foster mentioned, glaciers and lava fields are very popular sights in Iceland. In addition, you’ll encounter spewing geysers and steaming solfataras, volcanoes, raging rivers and breathtaking waterfalls. Then there are the animals.

With the largest razorbill colony in the world, Iceland boasts a healthy and diverse bird population. Puffins, skua, eiders, Arctic terns, waders and other unique species are found all throughout the country. Add to that an excellent selection of whales, dolphins and porpoises and you’ve got a show sure to entertain your entire family.

From seasonal festivals to the world-famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa (known to cure skin diseases such as psoriasis!) to whitewater rafting, Iceland is a unique playground offering plenty for all to do and see. Since it’s closer (and warmer!) than you previously thought, why not make plans to cruise to Iceland for your next vacation?

About the Author

Roy Witman is Vice-President of Cruise Vacation Center at http://www.cruisevacationcenter.com offering the best deals including Mediterranean cruises. You’ll find their service exceptional! © 2008, All Rights Reserved