This has been a very special time for us. With us we mean WEST ICELAND. First we receive a reward for being a top 10 destination for 2016 by Lonely Planet. Then we get Northern Lights for hours almost each day. These pictures where taken 19:00. Special, right… Its just a very happy place, west Iceland.
What a wonderful weekend it has been. Northern Lights have been dancing in the skies every evening. Here is a little collection of what we saw yesterday.
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Hreðavatnsskáli hefur tekið við sölu veiðileyfa í Hreðavatni. Leyfið kostar 750 ISK á stöng og gildir í einn dag frá 08:00-23:00. Aukastöng eða aukadagur kostar 750 ISK.
Skv. eigendum er óheimilt: Að fara með skotvopn um veiðisvæðið, að fara með hunda á veiðisvæðið, að kasta rusli í veiðivatnið, að hafa báta á vatninu, að tjalda án leyfis.
Hreðavatn er allstórt stöðuvatn í mjög fallegu umhverfi í Norðurárdal í Mýrarsýslu. Það er 1,14 km², dýpst 20 m og í 56 m hæð yfir sjó. Hrauná rennur úr því um Grábrókarhraun, að mestu neðanjarðar. Vatnið er örskammt frá hringveginum (nr. 1). Veiðileyfin gilda norðaustan línu milli Leiðarskarðs og Æskuminnis. Fjöldi veiðileyfa er ekki takmarkaður.
Í vatninu er bleikja og svolítið af urriða og bezt er að veiða á morgnana og kvöldin. Mest er af smáum fiski í vatninu, ½-2 pund. Mælt er með fluguveiði!
Umhverfi vatnsins býður upp á margar fagrar og áhugaverðar gönguleiðir, s.s. upp á Grábrók, niður að Glanna í Norðurá og Paradís við Norðurá, svo eitthvað sé nefnt. Fyrrum sáust ókennileg dýr í Hreðavatni, en þau gera ekki vart við sig lengur.
Hreðavatnsskáli er veitingastaður við Grábrókargígana. Fyrsta veitingaskálann reisti Vigfús Guðmundsson (1890-1965) árið 1933 og nýjan 1946. Vigfús var landskunnur fyrir ferðalög, veitingastarfsemi og afskipti af stjórnmálum (var lengi í forystusveit Framsóknarflokksins). Árið 1955 gaf hann út bókina „Umhverfis jörðina”, árið 1958 „Framtíðarlandið”, árið 1960 „Æskudagar” og árið 1962 „Þroskaárin”.
Ef þér langar að borða fiskinn, þá erum við glöð að hjálpa þér/ykkur að hreinsa og elda hann. Veldu þér góða hlið og vín og njóttu hörðu vinnuna sem þú ert búinn að leggja í fiskinn með þinni bestu lyst.
Fiskurinn hérna á myndinni, er hin svegar fiskur sem teymið okkar eldaði og bar fram og veiddi að sjálfsögðu.
Njótið og “bon appetit”.
On the spur of the moment in West Iceland
These day trips ares ideal for spontaneous uncomplicated travelers. You put the program together day by day with below recommendations. If the weather is nice you go hiking if not you go fishing and so on. Reykjavík is not so far away for a shopping tour or you try to relax. It is all in the open just as you wish.
By the way nearby are three golf courses and Glanni is supposed to be one of the most beautiful golf courses in Iceland.
Hike to the two craters that belong to the volcanic system of Ljósufjöll. It reaches from Berserkjahraun in the North of the Snæfellsnes peninsula close to Stykkishólmur over the actual Ljósufjöll and Hnappadalur all the way to the Grábrók craters. The pictures shows the fantastic view from the top of Grábrók. It extends over a distance of 90 km and is one of the longest in Iceland. The last eruption took place about thousand years ago at Hnappadalur. The Grábrók craters are interesting geologically because of the way the volcanoes have shaped the rock on the ground. The lava is supposed to be about 3000 years old. The view from the top over the valley is fantastic.
Vatn means lake. It is situated near Grábrók lodge and well accessible by foot. The surface of the lake is 1.3 km2. It lies 56 m above sea level. Its length is about 5 km and its greatest depth 20. On the east side of the bank you will find the lava of the Grábrók craters. There is also heathland and moors to be found and small birch woods.
Trout fishing is possible. Fishing permits can be obtained at the Grábrók lodge or Hreðavatnsskáli.
Glanni, Paradies Oase, Hraunfossar
The river Norðurá has its origin from the highland Holtavörðuheiði and it runs through the Norðurárdalur before it reaches Hvitá river. It is one of the best salmon rivers in Iceland. Easy to reach by foot or car from the Grábrók lodge is the waterfall Glanni. It is surrounded by a small wood where mushroom grow just as well as blueberries. Paradísarlaut, the oasis of paradise lies hidden in the lava banks of Norðurá close to Glanni. It is a great place of piece, quiet and serenity.
The Hraunfossar are situated on the other side of the valley. It is a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 700 metres out of Hallmundarhraun. The waterfalls pour into the Hvitáriver from ledges of less porous rock in the lava. A small bridge crosses the river Hvitá. From there the view is great to the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. The picture shows Glanni in early May.
The Snæfellsnes peninsula is also called „Iceland in miniature“ because many beautiful sights can be found in the area. The Eldborg crater came from another of the many craters of the valley Hnappadalur which are part of the volcanic system Ljósufjöll. Its last eruption was about 5000 years ago. It is easiest to approach Eldborg from the farm Snorrastaðir. It is possible to walk all the way around the crater as well as up it. Very special are the white sandy beach in Búðir and the colourful mountains in the surrounding. The volcano covered with a glacier, Snæfellsjökull, is an iconic strato volcano. Its peak reaches 1446 m (4745 ft). Arnarstapi offers a lot of nice seascape. It has countless basalt seastacks, arches and deep coves. It is also a popular nesting site for the arctic tern, the great black backed gull and the fulmar. Stykkishólmur is the largest town on the peninsula.
There is a seal museum at Hvammstangi. The Vatnsnes peninsula is a unique, wild and uninhabited area. The ringed seal and the common seal can be watched from Illugastaðir. Ósar is the location of the 15m high Hvitserkur, a rock formation. It is a striking landmark just offshore which looks like an elephant or a sea monster depending on how one looks at it. Drive along Viðidalur and you will reach the farm Kolugil which stands beside the river Viðidalsá. Below the farm the water falls into a deep, rugged gorge called Kolugljúfur. It cascades over many waterfalls called Kolufossar. The gorge got its name from the lady troll called Kola. She was supposed to have dug up the gorge and stayed there.
Going back to Keflavík
Drive to Keflavík and visit the beautiful peninsula.
Horse back riding
There are several suppliers in our region that offer short or longer trips. The Icelandic horse is a breed of horse developed in Iceland. Although the horses are small, at times pony-sized, most registries for the Icelandic refer to it as a horse. Icelandic horses are long-lived and hardy. In their native country they have few diseases; Icelandic law prevents horses from being imported into the country and exported animals are not allowed to return. The Icelandic displays two gaits in addition to the typical walk, trot, and canter/gallop commonly displayed by other breeds. The only breed of horse in Iceland, they are also popular internationally, and sizable populations exist in Europe and North America. The breed is still used for traditional farm work in its native country, as well as for leisure, showing, and racing.
Every now and then we have regional events where you can see the most famous Icelandic horses competing.
Golf course within a kilometer
The Glanni Golf Course is a beautiful 9-hole course which breaks up the scrub and grassland surrounding Grábrókahraun lava field. The course is situated next to Hreðavatnsskáli turn off Route 1 in the direction of the Glanni waterfall at Norðurár river.
Forgot your set at home? Not to worry, the golf club rents out sets.