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Magnus's Guidebook

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Magnus's Guidebook

Historic
Thingvellir is the site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and also famous for the gorge Almannagjá where the European and American continental plates meet. 30 mins by car from the summerhouse and recommended as your first stop on the Golden Circle tour.
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Þingvellir
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Reykholt
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Located in the village of Reykholt, the beautiful little hot spring known as Snorralaug is thought to have been used since the 12th century. Most famously it is the hot spring where Snorri Sturluson, the renowned Icelandic, historian, poet and politician used to bathe.
Snorralaug
Located in the village of Reykholt, the beautiful little hot spring known as Snorralaug is thought to have been used since the 12th century. Most famously it is the hot spring where Snorri Sturluson, the renowned Icelandic, historian, poet and politician used to bathe.
For Cold War history buffs - this is where the historic summit meeting took place between Presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1986.
Höfði
For Cold War history buffs - this is where the historic summit meeting took place between Presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1986.
Sightseeing
As well as the historic sites, Thingvellir National Park is a stunning area of natural beauty formed by volcanic activity and tectonic forces. Looking out over the basin of Lake Thingvallavatn you are encircled by extinct and dormant volcanoes and can almost see the landscape being formed in front of your eyes.
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Þingvellir
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As well as the historic sites, Thingvellir National Park is a stunning area of natural beauty formed by volcanic activity and tectonic forces. Looking out over the basin of Lake Thingvallavatn you are encircled by extinct and dormant volcanoes and can almost see the landscape being formed in front of your eyes.
Powerful and beautiful at the same time. Gullfoss is a special place in summer and winter. It’s worth the short extra walk to view the waterfall and the canyon from the various viewing platforms. It can get slippery from the spray so hold on to your youngsters.
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Gullfoss
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Powerful and beautiful at the same time. Gullfoss is a special place in summer and winter. It’s worth the short extra walk to view the waterfall and the canyon from the various viewing platforms. It can get slippery from the spray so hold on to your youngsters.
Hot smelly water - what’s not to like?? Try to get here early to avoid the crowds. Or visit later on in the day.
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Geysir
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Hot smelly water - what’s not to like?? Try to get here early to avoid the crowds. Or visit later on in the day.
A must visit. And if you make it here you have to visit Gljúfrafoss next door. Take waterproofs (for the spray) and Wellington boots (or change of shoes/socks) to get the most from your visit.
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Seljalandsfoss
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A must visit. And if you make it here you have to visit Gljúfrafoss next door. Take waterproofs (for the spray) and Wellington boots (or change of shoes/socks) to get the most from your visit.
Consider a trip to Landmannalaugar. It’s a truly amazing place. Check the road conditions beforehand. Taking the tourist bus is an option if you haven’t rented a 4x4. Summertime it can be possible with regular car.
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Landmannalaugar
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Consider a trip to Landmannalaugar. It’s a truly amazing place. Check the road conditions beforehand. Taking the tourist bus is an option if you haven’t rented a 4x4. Summertime it can be possible with regular car.
A visit to Helgufoss is one of the possible local walks.
Helgufoss
A visit to Helgufoss is one of the possible local walks.
A couple of minutes walk from Seljalandsfoss yet the majority don’t even realize that Gljúfrafoss offers an entirely unique experience. Waterproofs and rubber boots advised to make the most of this one.
Gljúfrafoss
A couple of minutes walk from Seljalandsfoss yet the majority don’t even realize that Gljúfrafoss offers an entirely unique experience. Waterproofs and rubber boots advised to make the most of this one.
Remnants of rare pseudocraters - formed approximately 5000 years ago.
Rauðhólar
Remnants of rare pseudocraters - formed approximately 5000 years ago.
Culture and crafts
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Álafoss
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A reasonably recent addition to Reykjavík’s skyline, the Concert Hall is a stunning piece of architecture by the ocean.
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Harpa
2 Austurbakki
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A reasonably recent addition to Reykjavík’s skyline, the Concert Hall is a stunning piece of architecture by the ocean.
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Hallgrimskirkja
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Gljúfrasteinn was the home and workplace of Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness for five decades. It is now open to the public as a museum. From the summerhouse it is a 4-5 min drive (or a 20-25 min walk.) easy to combine with a trip into Reykjavík or as a short stop on the way to Thingvellir National Park.
Gljúfrasteinn
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Gljúfrasteinn was the home and workplace of Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness for five decades. It is now open to the public as a museum. From the summerhouse it is a 4-5 min drive (or a 20-25 min walk.) easy to combine with a trip into Reykjavík or as a short stop on the way to Thingvellir National Park.
Activities
Indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools in Mossfellsbær with saunas, hot tubs and WATER SLIDES. Fun for kids of all ages and great value for money. (The the outdoor pools have different temperatures but are all really nice even when it’s trying to snow.)
Varmárlaug
Indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools in Mossfellsbær with saunas, hot tubs and WATER SLIDES. Fun for kids of all ages and great value for money. (The the outdoor pools have different temperatures but are all really nice even when it’s trying to snow.)
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Laxnes Horse Farm
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Golf with a spectacular backdrop. There is an 18 hole and 9 hole course.
Golfklúbbur Mosfellsbæjar
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Golf with a spectacular backdrop. There is an 18 hole and 9 hole course.
Food scene
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Mosfellsbakarí
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