The airplane wreck on Sólheimasandur is becoming one of the biggest tourist attractions in South Iceland. The wreck has been there since 1974 after an emergency landing on the black sand beach. For the first 35 years, it was the home of the Raven that had his nest in the cockpit of the airplane wreck, and the local people came there for taking pictures and enjoying the black sa ...

The year 2017 has been excellent for Arcanum Glacier Tours.  We have been able to run almost every glacier tour on our program, with just a few weather-related exceptions. Arcanum Glacier Tours program consists of snowmobile tours on  Mýrdalsjöklull,  glacier walks on Sólheimajökull glacier tongue and ATV quad biking on Sólheimasandur black sand beach.   We have been open for ...

Sólheimajökull retreated by 973 meters in the years 2000-2015.  With the much warmer climate and continued melting the glacier will have totally disappeared within  decades.  The effects of global warming is very visual at Sólheimajökull. Where ice existed before  at the glacier tongue, there  is now a large glacier lagoon. Few years ago, tourists going on a glacier hike had to ...

The atlantic puffin,  sometimes called the Priest because of its  stately plumage is much loved by Icelanders.  One of the largest puffin colonies is found in  Westman Islands, a  very important home for  60% of the world  puffin population. The puffin is a pelagic bird living out in the ocean for its first years. When they reach maturity and are ready for mating and nesting, ...

  “There are many wonders in a cows head!” This is how an old, very popular phrase, looks in english when  the original meaning has been lost in translation.  Icelanders have a very good sense of humour and they like  to translate the difficult, good old mother tongue word by word into English and then make a joke of the outcome.  At Leifur Eiriksson Airport  you can see poste ...

The Iceland Tourism board  has  just launched a new video campaign under the Inspired by Iceland brand.   The video  is a bit  funny and  also  informative. Tourists get important guidlines, especially tailored for  first time visitors.  “Do not walk on the vulnerable moss,  everyone must wash thoroughly, without swimsuit, before dipping in and very importantly, drive carefull ...

The Icelandic men’s national football team played the most important game last night when the team met Kosovo in Reykjavik. The Icelandic team beat Turkey 3: 0 in the first round of the World Cup last week and the victory against Kosovo 2-0 last night, means that Iceland has qualified for next World Cup,  for the first time in history.   There were more than 10.000 viewers at ...

The days in Iceland are getting shorter with winter is slowly setting in. The temperature is relatively warm for October and trees and shrubs are sporting the beautiful autumn colours.  The Arcanum Café has been slightly overhauled, as from now be switching to more self-service than sit down service.  This is done for the convenience of our customers.  It’s going to take less ...

The actresses of the Real Housewives of Orange County were here in September. Iceland will play a big role in the next series of the show.  The housewives went to Hafnarfjordur town for food,  climbed Sólheimajökull glacier where, oupps, one of them had go.....  need we say  more. There are  no lavatories on top of Icelandic glaciers. It will be exciting to see how this incid ...

The summer has been great, good weather and good snow on the glacier. But one of the biggest thing this summer are the new glacier trucks we got. They make the transfer to the glacier much more comfortable for our customers. Great way to enjoy the beautiful scenery and surrounding on the way to Mýrdalsjökull glacier for snowmobile tour. You can find a short video of the glacie ...