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South Iceland Guide May 9-16

By Staff

  • From Þingvellir National Park. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

This is the South Iceland chapter of What to Do and See this Week Around Iceland, the only Icelandic guide of its kind. New every week.

 

Walk through the Continental Drift, one of Game of Throne's Icelandic locations
The landscape of Iceland features prominently in the HBO hit series Game of Thrones. One of the settings is Þingvellir National Park which lies between the European and N. American tetonic plates. You can even see the rift in a vertical canyon at Þingvellir, called Almannagjá where more than one scene of Game of Thrones newest serie was filmed. If you are scuba-certified, you can scuba at Silfra fissure – perhaps your only chance to be able to touch Europe and N.America at the same time. Keep in mind that every year, the plates drift about 2cm apart.

Stop by at this beautiful two stepped waterfall
Hjálparfoss is a beautiful, two stepped waterfall near the confluence of rivers Þjórsá and Fossa in the Þjórsá Valley. The surrounding area is called Hjálp (Help), because the travellers across the Sprengisandur route found great help in reaching a vegetated area to graze their horses after a long journey in the barren interior. As elsewhere in the valley, the signs of the eruptions of Mt. Hekla are very prominent by the waterfall, ashes everywhere.

Folk Museum and Museum of Transport in Skógar
The museum, founded in 1949 on the initiative of Þórður Tómasson, is situated 150 km (93 mi) east from Reykjavík nearby ring road number 1. It is devided into three parts: the folk museum which offers a huge variety of tools and implements used for fishing and farming, as well as artefacts dating back to the viking age. In the rebuilt turfhouses in the open-air museum you can catch the atmosphere of times long gone and experience how Icelanders lived through the centuries. The museum of transport, which also houses a souvenir shop and the Skógakaffi cafeteria, tells the story of technology and transportation and its development in Iceland in the 19th and 20th century. See more information

 

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