NAT https://www.nat.is TRAVEL GUIDE OF ICELAND Fri, 28 Aug 2020 11:28:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 129608092 Film location https://www.nat.is/film-location/ https://www.nat.is/film-location/#respond Fri, 28 Aug 2020 10:21:28 +0000 https://www.nat.is/?p=32039 Feature Films made partly in Iceland The remote nature of Iceland has for many years attracted foreign filmmakers. So the … "Film location"

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Feature Films made partly in Iceland

The remote nature of Iceland has for many years attracted foreign filmmakers. So the understanding of the importance of working with them has grown within the film industry in Iceland through the years and the support of the Icelandic government has also helped.
The Icelandic landscape has served as other planets and different countries such as Greenland, Japan, and Nepal in various movies. Here are some locations of known movies shot in Iceland.

This list is by year released and is only part of numerous films.

1. James Bond – View to a Kill (1985) Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Vatnajökull, Höfn

Directed by: John Glen
Starring: Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, Tanya Roberts, Grace Jones, Patrick Macnee

The recovery of a microchip off the body of a fellow agent, leads James Bond to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying California’s Silicon Valley.

2. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Vatnajökull,

Directed by: Simon West
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Glen, Daniel Craig

Video game adventurer Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts.

3. James Bond – Die Another Day (2002) Vatnajökull, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Höfn

Directed by: Lee Tamahori
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike, Toby Stephens, John Cleese

James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul, who is funding the development of an international space weapon.

4. Batman Begins (2005) Vatnajökull,

Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption.

5. Flags of our Fathers (2006) Sandvik

Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Adam Beach, Jesse Bradford

The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in World War II.

6. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) Sandvik

Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara

The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.

7. Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) Snaefellsjokull Glacier

Directed by: Eric Brevighttp://snaefellsjokull-glacier
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem

On a quest to find out what happened to his missing brother, a scientist, his nephew and their mountain guide discover a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the earth.

8. The Tree of Life (2011) Krafla, Hverarond, Namaskard
Directed by: Terrence Malick
Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken

The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents’ conflicting teachings.

9. Prometheus (2012) Dettifoss, Hekla, Vatnajökull,

Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba

Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

10. Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) Reynisfjara

Directed by: J. J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.

11. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)  Stykkisholmur, Höfn, Seydisfjordur, Skogafoss and Vatnajökull,

Directed by: Ben Stiller
Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Sean Penn

When both he and a colleague are about to lose their job, Walter takes action by embarking on an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

12. Oblivion (2013) Hrossaborg, Jarlhettur, Drekavatn

Directed by: Joseph Kosinski
Starring: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo

A veteran assigned to extract Earth’s remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.

13. Thor: The Dark World (2013)  Skogafoss , Dettifoss, Landmannalaugar

Directed by: Alan Taylor
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba

When the Dark Elves attempt to plunge the universe into darkness, Thor must embark on a perilous and personal journey that will reunite him with doctor Jane Foster.

14. The Fifth Estate (2013) Reykjavik

Directed by: Bill Condon
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Carice van Houten

A dramatic thriller based on real events that reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.

15. Noah (2014) Hafursey, Reynisfjara, Maelifell, Kleifarvatn, Raufarholshellir Cave

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Starrings: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins

Noah is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world.

16. Interstellar (2014)  Mafabot, Orrustuholl, Svinafellsjokull

Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival.

17. Star Wars – The Force Awakens (2015)  Eyjafjallajokull

Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega

Star Wars director J.J. Abrams is a return visitor to Iceland. His 2015 Episode VII of the epic space opera film saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought him to Eyjafjallajökull Ice Cap, in South Iceland, where some of the snow scenes and battles on the surface of Starkiller Base ice planet were filmed. Starkiller planet is armed with a terrifying weapon capable of destroying multiple planets halfway across the galaxy.

18. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Reynisfjara,, Hafursey, Hjorleifshofdi, Krafla, Lake Myvatn

Directed by: Gareth Edwards
Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk

In Rogue One: a Star Wars Story, Reynisfjara’s Black Sand Beach and the active volcanic region of Krafla, in Lake Mývatn, in North Iceland, stand in for the eerie planet of Eadu. Planet Lah’mu is represented by Mýrdalssandur Black Sand Beach and the vibrant green mountains Hjörleifshöfði and Hafursey, only 20 minutes East from Vík. In the film, this is where Galen Erso, the mind behind the creation of the Death Star, is hiding with his family.

19. Captain America: Civil War (2016)  Vik i Myrdal

Directed by: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo
Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle

Captain America: Civil War is the second Marvel film to be filmed in Iceland, after Thor: The Dark World (2013). This time, the superheroes Captain America and Iron Man headed to the South Coast, near Vík, whose cliffs, snow-capped mountains and frozen lakes are recognizable from the first seconds of the movie official trailer. In the movie, Iceland doubles as the Winter Soldier’s land, Bucky Barnes, from when he was a Soviet agent.

20. The Fate of The Furious (2017) Akranes, Lake Myvatn

Directed by:F. Gary GrayWriters
Starring: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Luke Evans

When a mysterious woman seduces Dominic Toretto into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

21. Justice League (2017) Djupavik Westfjords

Directed by: Zack Snyder
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Jeremy Irons, Ingvar Sigurdsson

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his new-found ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.

22. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Husavik, Gullfoss, Reykjavik

Directed by: David Dobkin
Staring: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Dan Stevens, Mikael Persbrandt, Pierce Brosnan, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

When aspiring musicians Lars and Sigrit are given the opportunity to represent their country at the world’s biggest song competition, they finally have a chance to prove that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for.

Reference: www.imbd.com

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Málmey https://www.nat.is/malmey/ https://www.nat.is/malmey/#respond Tue, 14 Apr 2020 20:49:23 +0000 https://www.nat.is/?p=31663 Málmey er stærri eyjan af tveimur á Skagafirði. Hún er norðaustan Drangeyjar, 4 km löng og 2,4 km breið. Hún … "Málmey"

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Málmey er stærri eyjan af tveimur á Skagafirði. Hún er norðaustan Drangeyjar, 4 km löng og 2,4 km breið. Hún er fremur láglend en hækkar til norðurs, þar sem hæsti punktur, Kaldbakur, rís 156 m yfir sjó. Sunnanverð eyjan er úr móbergi og norðurhlutinn er hraundyngja. Líklega hefur hún gosið á fyrri hluta íslaldar.

Eyjan var lengst af í byggð fram undir 1950. Þá brann bærinn á Þorláksmessu. Þegar það gerðist bjuggu 14 manns í bænum, þar af 10 börn. Graslendi er mikið í Málmey og bújörðin var talin góð. Álög hvíldu á eyjunni. Þar áttu hvorki mýs né hestar að geta þrifist og engin hjón máttu búa þar lengur en í tvo áratugi. Væri því ekki hlítt, átti eiginkonan að hverfa sporlaust. Í þjóðsögum er hægt að lesa um afleiðingar þess, að álögin voru ekki virt og þar kemur Hvanndalabjarg við Eyjafjörð við sögu.

Kirkja stóð í Málmey fram á síðari hluta 18. aldar og í máldögum frá 1318 er skírt kveðið á um að þar ætti að brenna ljós hverja nótt frá krossmessi á hausti til krossmessu að vori. Þetta var gert til öryggis fyrir sjófarendur, en núverandi viti í Málmey var byggður 1937. Eyjan er í eigu vitamálastjórnar.

Í Sturlungu segir frá hremmingum Guðmundar góða, biskups, Arasonar. Árið 1221 varð hann að flýja Hólastól með miklu föruneyti undan Tuma Sighvatssyni og Skagfirðingum, sem hótuðu að rýma staðinn. Hann fór út í Málmey á jólaföstu og var þar um kyrrt fram á næsta ár. Nokkrir manna hans fóru til Hóla og drápu Tuma og eftir það flutti biskup sig um set til Grímseyjar. Þar var hann um kyrrt, þar til leiðangur var gerður eftir honum til hefndar.

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Arctic Circle Grimsey https://www.nat.is/arctic-circle-grimsey/ https://www.nat.is/arctic-circle-grimsey/#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2020 16:10:24 +0000 https://www.nat.is/?p=31513 Island Grimsey is the northernmost inhabited part of Iceland. It has an area of 5,3 km² and is situated 41 … "Arctic Circle Grimsey"

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Island Grimsey is the northernmost inhabited part of Iceland. It has an area of 5,3 km² and is situated 41 km north of the main island. The Arctic Circle crosses it and the sun does not set there at summer solstice. The island is framed with precipice except the southern part and its highest point is 105m. Although the island is on the Arctic Circle, the weather is relatively mild: The average temperature of the coldest month, January, is -1,1°C and the warmest, August, +8,3°C. Grimsey is a community with about 100 inhabitants, who base their livelyhood almost solely on the fisheries but also on limited tourism and agriculture and the bird cliffs, which saved them several times from famine and the scurvy grass growing there from scorbutic disease. Polar bears have often appeared on the island, being brought there by the drifting ice flows from Greenland. When it happened in 1969, one polar bear was shot and is preserved stuffed in the district museum in the village Husavik. The number of inhabitants was 102 on December 1. 1996.

The island is referred to in legends and the Saga literature.

Sagas of IcelandIn the latter part of the nineteenth century word got out, that the islanders were good chess players. A wealthy American, Willard Fiske, then gave the islanders quite a few chessboards, a good library on chess and funds to support and develope it.
See Selfoss waterfalls

In 1793 the island was almost abandoned when a disease killed all but 6 of the male population. The remaining 6 were sent to the mainland to fetch more of their kind. On the way back the boat was lost at sea and everyone drowned leaving the clergyman the as the only one remaining of the male species.

Polar bears have often appeared on the island, being brought there by the drifting ice flows from Greenland. When it happened in 1969, one polar bear was shot and is preserved stuffed in the folk museum in the small town Husavik.

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Gljufrasteinn House of Halldor Laxness https://www.nat.is/gljufrasteinn-house-of-halldor-laxness/ https://www.nat.is/gljufrasteinn-house-of-halldor-laxness/#respond Sun, 22 Mar 2020 16:09:33 +0000 https://www.nat.is/?p=31441 Gljúfrasteinn was the home and workplace of Halldór Laxness (winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955) and his … "Gljufrasteinn House of Halldor Laxness"

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Gljúfrasteinn was the home and workplace of Halldór Laxness (winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955) and his family for more than half a century.

The house is now open to the public as a museum, unchanged from when Laxness lived there. In the reception building you can watch a multimedia presentation dedicated to Laxness’s life and work. Tickets for admission, books and souvenirs are also sold there. In the beautiful countryside right next to Gljúfrasteinn, visitors can take walks as part of their visit, to see where Laxness spent his childhood and, in later life, sought his inspiration.

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Halldor Laxness https://www.nat.is/halldor-laxness/ https://www.nat.is/halldor-laxness/#respond Sun, 22 Mar 2020 15:44:39 +0000 https://www.nat.is/?p=31435 Halldór Laxness (1902-1998) stands head and shoulders above the other Icelandic writers of the 20th century. He was prolific during … "Halldor Laxness"

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Halldór Laxness (1902-1998) stands head and shoulders above the other Icelandic writers of the 20th century. He was prolific during his long career, writing 13 major novels, five plays and a dramatisation of one of his novels, not to mention his collections of short stories, essays and memoirs. His books have been translated into 43 languages and published in more than 500 editions. His career was unique, the diversity of his works almost without parallel, and with every book he can be said to have approached his readers from a new and unexpected direction.

In the 1920s he wrote a modernist novel with a surrealist overlay, The Great Weaver from Kashmir (1927), as well as progressive poetry, while in the 1930s he wrote social realist novels, including Independent People (1934-35) about the farmer Bjartur of Summerhouses, “the story of a man who sowed his enemy’s field all his life, day and night. Such is the story of the most independent man in the country”, as it says in the book. In the 1940s embarked on historical novels, including Iceland’s Bell, his contribution to Iceland’s campaign for independence, which was published 1943-46. Among other well known works by Laxness are World Light (1937-40), The Atom Station (1948), The Fish Can Sing (1957) and Paradise Reclaimed (1960). Laxness wrote absurdist plays in the 1960s and, 40 years after The Great Weaver from Kashmir and at nearly 70 years old, he began to flirt anew with the modernist in novel, along with a new generation of Icelandic novelists, in Under the Glacier (1968).

Laxness’s ideals and beliefs changed with time, as reflected to a certain extent in his works. He began his writing career as a Catholic, then turned to socialism, but later lost interest in all dogma – except perhaps Taoism. He never attempted to disown the earlier views which he subsequently repudiated, regarding them instead as an instructive part of his psychological development. Yet from the earliest period to the latest it is possible to detect the same basic themes in his books. He looked at things differently from other people, his writings were often barbed, and yet he always managed to see the comic aspects of his characters and their actions. His sympathy was invariably with the underdog.

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Saenautasel

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Landmannalaugar-Reykjavik https://www.nat.is/landmannalaugar-reykjavik-re/ https://www.nat.is/landmannalaugar-reykjavik-re/#respond Tue, 17 Mar 2020 15:17:14 +0000 https://www.nat.is/?p=31232 Direct from Supplier – No Additional Fees

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Landmannalaugar-Hella-Selfoss-Reykjavik
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Route Name: Route HB 02a
Period: 26/6 - 16/8 daily
17/8 - 31/8 not on Tuesdays and Wedensday
Frequency: Daily
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From AreaBus StopDeparture Time
HighlandsLandmannalaugar15:30
HighlandsLeirubakki 17:20
HellaKjarval Supermarket17:50
HvolsvollurLava Centre (Change bus)18:15
ReykjavikBSI Bus Terminal19:45

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Kjolur Route self drive https://www.nat.is/kjolur-route-self-drive/ https://www.nat.is/kjolur-route-self-drive/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 16:40:34 +0000 https://www.nat.is/?p=31150 The Kjolur area (600-700m) lies between the Langjokull glacier in the west and the Hofsjokull glacier in the east, the glacial … "Kjolur Route self drive"

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The Kjolur area (600-700m) lies between the Langjokull glacier in the west and the Hofsjokull glacier in the east, the glacial river Hvita in the south and river Seydisa in the north. In the east and the south are barren remnants from the Ice age, gray moraines, and low mountains decorate the otherwise plateau like landscape, which is ideal for shorter or longer hikes between huts. The whole area was much more vegetated, but was desolated by overgrazing. On a fine day the panoramic view from the Kjolur route is excellent. There are several huts on the way across and most of them belong the Icelandic Touring Association, Hveravellir and Kerlingarfjoll.
The distance between the Golden Waterfalls in the south and the first farm in the north is about 200 km.

Kjolur route main attractions:  –Hvitarnes – Beinaholl Mound – Hvitarvatn – Karlsdrattur – Thofadalir – Jokulfall
Kerlingarfjoll – Hveravellir.

 

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Afangi Mountain Hut https://www.nat.is/afangi-mountain-hut/ https://www.nat.is/afangi-mountain-hut/#respond Mon, 09 Mar 2020 23:57:51 +0000 https://www.nat.is/?p=31101 Located just off the Kjolur route, about 38 km north of Hveravellir, Áfangi Mountain Hut offers clean and comfortable accommodation … "Afangi Mountain Hut"

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Located just off the Kjolur route, about 38 km north of Hveravellir, Áfangi Mountain Hut offers clean and comfortable accommodation surrounded with beautiful highland scenery.

Áfangi is a spacious hut that sleeps 32 people in 8 rooms with bunk beds (4 persons in each room). Guests have access to a well equipped kitchen, dining area and a lounge. Bathrooms and  shower are shared.

Áfangi offers a spacious camp site with great views.

Optional extras on request
Made up bed with bed linens: 2.000 ISK per person
Breakfast: 1.900 ISK per person

Book Online
Mountain Hut Afangi
25. June – 10. September.

Price: 7.900 ISK a night per person

Camping Afangi
Price Per person.
Ikr. 2300.-

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Hveravellir Camping https://www.nat.is/hveravellir-camping/ https://www.nat.is/hveravellir-camping/#respond Mon, 09 Mar 2020 23:35:42 +0000 https://www.nat.is/?p=31094 For outdoor fans travelling with tents  Hveravellir offers to stay at our campsite . Unfortunately for guest staying on campsite … "Hveravellir Camping"

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For outdoor fans travelling with tents  Hveravellir offers to stay at our campsite . Unfortunately for guest staying on campsite we do not have cooking facilities available , but  shared WC and shower facilities are located next to the  campsite. All our guests are very welcome to use „Hot pot” , wooden pick-nick tables and our grilles. Up on a request and for additional price prepared breakfasts are available.

Camping Hveravellir
Price Per person.
Ikr. 1800.-

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Hveravellir Huts https://www.nat.is/hveravellir-huts/ https://www.nat.is/hveravellir-huts/#respond Mon, 09 Mar 2020 16:55:43 +0000 https://www.nat.is/?p=31068 Hveravellir (The Hot Spring Fields) is a very interesting low temperature area at the northern edge of the lava field Kjalhraun. … "Hveravellir Huts"

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Hveravellir (The Hot Spring Fields) is a very interesting low temperature area at the northern edge of the lava field Kjalhraun. It is a popular stopover with tourist huts, a meteorological watch (was occupied the whole year until 2009) and a man made bathing pool.

The New Hut

The New Hut where the reception and the restaurant is located we offer for those visitors who would like to stay at Hveravellir and enjoy more privacy Private Rooms that can accommodate up to 3 people.

New Hut does not offer cooking facility.

New Hut offers shared bathroom and shower.

Private Rooms price includes Made Up Beds and Breakfast for two. For 3rd person in the room ISK 4000.

Guests staying in The New Hut are welcome to use the nature pool located next to the Old Hut and also the shared shower facilities next to the Camp Site.

Price from: 28.800 ISK a night per room

 

The old Hut

The Old Hut, with its shared cooking facilities, has some charming dormitory options for individuals, small groups, families and friends visiting Hveravellir.

The Old Hut has 3 Dormitory rooms

The large room sleeping 10 in single or double bunks.

The small room sleeping 8 in single bunks

The Loft sleeping 12 singles

All overnight guests staying in the Old Huts dormitory rooms are welcome to use the shared cooking facilities and shared bathroom.

Guests who are not equipped with sleeping bags can opt for a made up bed with bed linens.

Guests staying in The Old Hut are welcome to use the nature pool located next to the Hut and also the shared shower facilities next to the Camp Site.

Optional extras
Made up bed with bed linens: 2.000 ISK per person
Breakfast: 1.900 ISK per person

Price: 7,900 ISK a night per person

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Thakgil https://www.nat.is/thakgil/ https://www.nat.is/thakgil/#respond Fri, 06 Mar 2020 16:00:00 +0000 https://www.nat.is/?p=31039 Thakgill is located in a beautiful valley, surrounded by mountains, 20 km from Vík by road 214. These conditions make … "Thakgil"

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Thakgill is located in a beautiful valley, surrounded by mountains, 20 km from Vík by road 214. These conditions make the weather in Thakgil very mild and calm, and a lovely little freshwater stream trickles though the camping site and in front of the houses. The common dining room is in a cave that can be lit up by candles and heated by a fireplace in cold evenings. Hiking routes to interesting places of variable difficulty are all around, including to the glacier.

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Murders and Executions Reykjavik and Reykjanes area https://www.nat.is/murders-and-executions-reykjavik-and-reykjanes-area/ https://www.nat.is/murders-and-executions-reykjavik-and-reykjanes-area/#respond Sun, 23 Feb 2020 22:01:42 +0000 https://www.nat.is/?p=30861 Reykjavik area: VALLEY EILIFSDALUR Mt. Esja Reykjanes area: Grindavik Kirkjubol Junkaragerdi   Saga Trail Reykjavik area Saga Trail Reykjanes Murders … "Murders and Executions Reykjavik and Reykjanes area"

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Reykjavik area:
VALLEY EILIFSDALUR
Mt. Esja

Reykjanes area:
Grindavik

Kirkjubol

Junkaragerdi

 

Saga Trail Reykjavik area

Saga Trail Reykjanes

Murders and Executions North Iceland

Murders and Executions South Iceland 

Murder and Executions East Iceland

Murder and Executions West Iceland

Murder and Executions Westfjords and Strandir

Murder and Executions The Highland

History and traditions

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