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Best of South Iceland May 23-30

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  • Custom made monster trucks like this one will become airborn in this weekend's Off-Road Formula. Photo/Stefán Karlsson

This is the South Iceland section of Best of Iceland This Week, the only Icelandic guide of its kind. New every week.


Formula Off-Road
As descendants of Vikings, it comes as no surprise that Icelanders like their sports a little on the risky side. Formula Off-Road is a form of off-road racing 4x4 motorsport, created in Iceland, by Icelanders. There are competitions scheduled during the summer months, and it just so happens that there's one this coming Sunday, May 25th. Just outside of Reykjavik, en-route to Selfoss, is a valley called Jósepsdalur. Engines will be roaring at 1pm GMT this Sunday. Tickets are 1500ISK and all profits go to support children with cancer. 

Recreation of a 6.3 Earthquake
On May 29th 2008, at 3:45 in the afternoon, a powerful earthquake (6.3) shook the South Coast of Iceland. The epicenter of the quake was about two kilometers South-East of Hveragerði. Houses and contents within homes closest to the epicenter suffered severe damage as things got thrown around during the quake.
In Hveragerði Village you can now experince the 2008  earthquake at an Exhibition Center that's been set up in the town. The similator allows guests to experience what a quake measuring over 6 actually feels like. The exhibitinon shows the experience of the residents in pictures, the effect it had on buildings and the local environment as well as other damage that was caused in the quake. 
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Iceland's First Geopark
The Katla Center at Vík provides visitors with infomration and is home to the Visitor and Information Center to Katla Geopark. It's located in the heart of Vík on the South Coast of Iceland and is open daily from May through September. The Center is located in the oldest building in the village of Vík and houses an extensive Katla-volcano exhibition; giftshop featuring local handicrafts and books on Iceland; and a general Information desk. A new exhibition is currently in the works featuring Skaftfellingur, a cargo-ship from the beginning of the 20th Century that served as a catalyst in the formation of the village in Vík. 
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Geothermally Baked Bread
It may seem strange, but it's the best bread you'll ever try - especially if you are lucky enough to get yourself a slice right when it gets pulled out of the ground. Hverabrauð as it's known in Icelandic, or hot spring bread in English, is a type of rye-bread and an age old tradition in Iceland. Back in the day when ovens were scarce, the heat from the ground was used to bake bread for eating. The tradition still lives and although it takes 24-hours to bake the bread in the ground, it's well worth the wait. 

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