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Landmarks of Western Iceland

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Basalt columns Gerduberg

On the south side of the Snaefellsjokül Glacier is the very beautiful Dyupalonssandur Beach

Snaefellsjokull Glacier is one of the 7 energy centers of the earth.

Grabrock Crater - the largest crater in the volcanic fault

In the south of the Snaefellsnes peninsula is the town of Arnarstapi, formerly one of the most important trading ports

Attractions West Iceland

The site contains the sights of Western Iceland - photos, descriptions and travel tips. The list is based on popular guides and is presented by type, name and rating. Here you will find answers to questions: what to see in Western Iceland, where to go and where are the popular and interesting places of Western Iceland.

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon (Blue Lagoon) - a world famous geothermal basin, in fact it is the only place on the planet of its kind. It is one of the main symbols of Iceland and annually attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists. The Blue Lagoon is located on the Reykjanes Peninsula in the southwestern part of Iceland. This peninsula is formed of porous lava, so loose that sea water seeps through it. Thanks to this process, whole reservoirs are formed deep underground, filled with hot geothermal sea water, so the unique Blue Lagoon appeared in a natural way. In addition, there is an extensive high-temperature area with geothermal activity.

The average water temperature in the Blue Lagoon is + 37 ° С, rain and snow have a slight lowering effect on the water temperature in the Lagoon. The hydrogen indicator of water is 7.5, and the salt content is 2.5%. Such conditions could be ideal for the development of bacteria, especially considering that more than 300,000 people visit the Lagoon every year, but studies have shown that no bacteria survive for some reason in the water of the Lagoon.

Volcano Snayfedl

Snaifel Volcano has a regular conical shape, in good weather, this giant is visible from afar. Its peak, covered with a glacier of the same name - Snaifälsjokull, rises into the sky of the North Atlantic by almost 1,500 meters.

Snayfedl combines natural beauty and the deadly threat lurking in its depths. The last eruption of Snaifel volcano, lying under the covers of a glacier at a depth of 200 meters, occurred about 1900 years ago. But the volcano is considered active, because for 800 thousand years it has "worked" quite actively.

On the slopes of the glacier, weaves of lava flows formed in the form of long “braids” look especially interesting. The volcanic system, including the Snaifel volcano, is about 100 kilometers long and is considered the longest active volcanic system on this island.

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Borgarnes Museum

The Borgarnes Museum is located in the city of the same name, which is located on the west coast of Iceland. The museum has two expositions: the first tells about the history of colonization, and the second is dedicated to the Saga of the Egil.

By the way, Russian-speaking tourists can use the audio guide, which is very convenient. After a brief overview of the Viking world, the audio guide goes on to talk about the colonization of Iceland that began in the 870s by immigrants from Norway. In addition, the museum has interactive maps that allow you to highlight specific items that are described by the audio guide.

Much attention is paid to the colonization of western Iceland, in particular to farms in the vicinity of Borgarfjord, founded by the first settler Skatlagrim, the son of Queldulf and his descendants.

The Egil Saga tells the life story of four generations of the family to which Egil, the prominent Icelandic skald, belonged and covers the period from the end of the 9th to the end of the 10th century. In memory of him in the city there is a monument by the sculptor Asmundur Sveinsson.

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Whale bay

Just south of the city of Akranes, which is located on the west coast of Iceland, 50 kilometers north of the capital of the country, is the Hvalfjordur fjord - one of the widest glacial fjords in the West. Its length is about 30 kilometers, and the average width is 5 kilometers.

It received its name (translated from Icelandic: "Whale Fjord") due to whale hunting that unfolded here in the past, the battle of the largest mammals continued until the 80s of the last century - it was then that whale hunting was banned.

The Whale Fjord is also known for laying the longest underwater tunnel in the world under it. Its length is 6 kilometers, and the maximum depth is 160 meters below sea level. This tunnel significantly reduced the distance between Reykjavik and Akranes. Now, in order to get to the city, there is no need to go around the fjord.

Barnafoss Waterfall

Barnafos Waterfall ("Children's Waterfall") is located in the Husafetle National Park. This waterfall owes its name to the tragic story that happened many, many years ago.

A rich widow lived at Hraun & aacute s farm. She had two small children. During the Christmas holidays, all adults went to evening services in Gilsbakki, and the children were left to play at home.

When the adults returned home, the children were not at home. Their tracks led to a stone arch carved with water in the rock, which stretched over the river, but on the other side of the tracks were no longer found.

Out of grief, their mother destroyed the arch and cursed the place of their fall. Later, in memory of her children, the woman donated her farm to the church in Reicholt.

Reykholt market town

Reykholt is one of Iceland's oldest historical cultural centers.

Here, in the years 1206-1241, the greatest Icelandic writer and historian Snorri Sturluson lived, who captured these places in his sagas. A monument to him can now be seen at a local school.

In addition, in this place there is a round, stone-lined pool of four meters in diameter, it receives water from a hot spring located 100 meters away. Covered from the north by a small mound, this famous artificial pond is suitable for swimming all year round.

Deildartungükver Hot Spring

Deyldartungyukvere - the largest hot spring in Europe. It is located in the Icelandic town of Reykholt.

The thermal field of the source is the largest in the country in terms of water consumption, it evaporates about 180 liters per second. The water temperature at the Deyldartunguquer spring is 97 degrees. When there is no thick fog, it can be seen from afar: the evaporation of water continuously rises into the air. The Deyldartungyukvere spring supplies hot water to all cities located within a radius of 100 kilometers from this place, namely, all the cities of the "West Land" of Iceland - Vesturland.

Town Reykholt

Reykholt is a city in the west of Iceland. This picturesque town has many attractions.

In the Middle Ages, the famous Icelandic poet Snorri Sturluson lived and worked in Reykholt. In the city park you can see the sculpture of the poet, created by the Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. The grave of Snorri Sturluson is in the city church cemetery. The city is also known for its unique hot springs and pools. In addition, in Reykholt you can see the most beautiful city churches and visit the exhibition of works by Snorri Sturluson. Not far from Reykholt are the famous lane waterfalls Hreinfossar and the largest hot spring in Europe - Deyldartungyukver.

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