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Our guesthouse

The people over at Iceland Farm Holidays created this video showing the guesthouse and the surroundings.

It shows the rooms in the farmhouse, the cottage and the surroundings. We’re located between Húsavík (15min) and Mývatn (40min) with Laxá í Aðaldal river running along the land.

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Safety first – reminder

If you are travelling in Iceland it’s important to prepare for any kind of weather (see last weeks weather). This is especially important if you are hiking or traveling in the highlands.

A good way of making sure you can get help if needed is to download and use the 112 android mobile application (iPhone version here). With it you can send your location to the rescue services if you need emergency help as well as leave your “trail” in case you get lost your travels.

For more information on how to stay safe while traveling in Iceland please visit www.safetravel.is.

A new addition is the following safety guide that you can both download as an ebook or view online. Just go over to Roadside Iceland to find out more.

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Whale watching

Húsavík is close by and the town is famous for being a great location for whale watching. To get to the main whale watching area in Skjálfandi only requires sailing for 30 minutes out of Húsavík.

In the bay of Skjálfandi you can see several different species of whales. Dolphins are common as are minke whales. You can also see the biggest animal on earth, the Blue whale, if you are lucky. You can also see the Atlantic puffin and other seabirds on some of the tours on offer.

The tour operators have a 98% success rate so you can almost be certain you’ll see some of the whales in the area.

The two main tour operators are North Sailing and Gentle Giants.

 

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Icelandic sweaters

Here’s a good article about the Icelandic sweater or Lopapeysa.

Although we’d like to add that if you buy one during your stay in Iceland we’d recommend you make sure it is hand knitted in Iceland. Many of the sweaters sold in stores are not handmade nor made in Iceland.

The hostess at Hagi, Bergljót, always has some of her own handiwork on offer during the summer so if you are interested just ask her to show you her latest creations.

best regards,

the family at Hagi

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Volcanoes

From Hagi you can visit two well known volcanoes, Krafla and Askja.

Krafla is a caldera close to Mývatn (45 minute drive from Hagi) and has erupted 29 times in recorded history, the last of which was in 1984. The Krafla area also contains the “Víti” (english “Hell”) crater which has a green lake at the bottom of it, Námafjall with its boiling mud pools and fumaroles and also the Krafla geothermal power station. The geothermal heat from the Krafla system has also been used to create Mývatn Nature baths, which has also been called the Blue Lagoon of northern Iceland.

Near Mývatn is the village Reykjahlíð with its various attractions and services that we’ll post about in more detail later.

In the area is also the Hrossaborgir crater which is a location used for the movie Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise, which was filmed in the summer of 2012. It can bee seen in the beginning of the trailer.

Askja is further away in the highlands and is a long day-tour for those on 4×4 vehicles and is a highly recommended destination. Askja is a stratovolcano which rises to 1510m. “Askja” means box or caldera in Icelandic. Askja was used for training during the Apollo program and is widely used for geology studies. The Askja eruption of 1875 was of a catastrophic scale with ash blown to Norway and Sweden and poisoning and killing livestock in Iceland. The last eruption was in 1961.  In early April 2012 Öskjuvatn (the lake in the smaller caldera) was completely free of ice which usually doesn’t happen until late June or early July each year and there has been increased seismic activity in the area indicating the possibility of an eruption in the near future.

The road to Askja is typically only open from late June to early October depending on weather and road conditions.

This BBC documentary is good viewing for those interested in the volcanoes of Iceland.

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Birdwatching

If you are interested in birdwatching Hagi is perfectly located by being a short drive from several good birdwatching spots. Both Húsavík and Mývatn are within a 30min away.

But you don’t need to leave Hagi for a view of some of the rarer species found in Iceland.

We’ve spotted a total of 51 species in and around Hagi. At dusk a Short-eared Owl patrols the area, during the winter the ravens are kept happy by bringing them leftover food, and a Barrow’s Goldeney couple have made the Hagi pond their home for several years and hatch and raise their ducklings there. Taking a walk around the area you can also see various waders, ducks and passerines. The northern-most part of Hagi also contains the nesting ground for the Arctic tern.

This site contains images taken by guests of ours that specialise in wildlife photography and is highly recommended. The images tagged with Aðaldalur are taken in or around Hagi.

Here are some of the pictures that we’ve taken over the years.

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Safety first

If you are travelling in Iceland it’s important to prepare for any kind of weather (see last weeks weather). This is especially important if you are hiking or traveling in the highlands.

A good way of making sure you can get help if needed is to download and use the 112 android mobile application (iPhone version here). With it you can send your location to the rescue services if you need emergency help as well as leave your “trail” in case you get lost your travels.

For more information on how to stay safe while traveling in Iceland please visit www.safetravel.is.

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