Fimmvörðuháls – The fiery pass across Eyjafjallajökull

The Eyjafjallajökull area is one of the defining features that blew me away on my first trip to Iceland. This was when it was still some obscure mountain massif on the south coast, before I even knew its name. When it suddenly erupted into world fame in the spring of 2010, I was screaming in frustration Continue reading


The zen of Stafsnes – The hidden beach

Tucked away in the northwest corner of Heimaey you can find Stafsnes, a beautiful hidden beach in a sheltered cove behind the impressive folded cliffs of Blátindur. It’s almost like Hawaii – but without the palm trees 😉 Continue reading

End of year list – The five most popular posts in 2017

Happy New Year! It’s that exciting time of end-of-year lists! The past week I have been sharing the top-5 of best read blog posts in 2017 on the Wilderness Coffee & Natural High Facebook page. Continue reading

The walking track to Klif – The beacon rock

Klif is the bulky, flat-topped rock on the other side of the Eiðið isthmus, across from Heimaklettur. You can haul yourself up the stunning cliff of Klif along ropes and chains attached to the upper parts. That may sound a bit discouraging, but it’s actually Continue reading

The walking track to Blátindur – The dazzling heights of Dalfjall

Blátindur is not for the faint-hearted. It’s that imposing peak rising up majestically above Herjólfsdalur, and it requires some serious scrambling up its steep and craggy slope. There are no chains or ropes along the track, nor any carved out steps. So you have to be prepared to Continue reading

The walking track to Herjólfsdalur – The Valley of Magic

There are many beautiful walks around the island of Heimaey – and it would be difficult to choose just one if you have limited time. The track from the harbour up the backroad to Herjólfsdalur and Dalfjall is probably my favourite. It circles around the ridge above Herjólfsdalur, and the density of spectacular sights Continue reading