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West Iceland Guide May 9-16

By Staff

  • Close encounter. Haraldur Sigurðsson volcanologist (right) during the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in 2010.

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

A museum dedicated to volcanos
The wonderful Volcano Museum in the town of Stykkishólmur in west Iceland is open again after being closed during the winter.  This great museum is curated and owned by world-renowned volcanologist Haraldur Sigurðsson. Diverse aspects of volcanoes are examined, from the science, geology and their environmental effects to how they appear in the arts and literature. Talks are given daily in English and Icelandic. Open from until the end of September.
The Volcano Museum, Stykkishólmur town, open daily from 11AM to 5PM.

Become a farmer for a day at Bjarteyjarsandur farm
At Bjarteyjarsandur farm  you can hugg a newborn lamb and can become a farmer for a day. The farm is beautifully situated between rolling hills and the sea front in the scenic Hvalfjörður fjord on the west coast of Iceland. Three families raise livestock on the farm, run a shop where they sell their produce directly to consumers, offer accommodation, and allow visitors to participate in everyday tasks on the farm. It's only a one hour drive from Reykjavík. 

Local favorite spots in the Hvalfjörður fjord area
“I really enjoy a walk up along Álftaskarðsá river to the top of Álftaskarðsþúfa. From there you can enjoy a breath-taking panoramic view over Hvalfjörður fjord. The old Bláskeggárbrú bridge is also a favourite. It’s the oldest stone bridge in the country. And of course Glymur water fall in Botnsdalur valley. It’s the highest waterfall in Iceland, with a cascade of 196 meters (643 feet)."
Recommended by Arnheiður Hjörleifsdóttir, farmer at Bjarteyjarsandur.

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