Locatify Iceland, a new Icelandic software for iPhone and iPod Touch, has hit the market. It enables users to obtain information from a virtual guide on attractions included in their travel schedules, which are predetermined with a GPS monitor.
Thingvellir national park is among the places included in the new virtual guide. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The software can be downloaded for free but each travel schedule must be paid for, Morgunbladid reports.
“When traveling around the country I carried the book Landid thitt Ísland [“Your country, Iceland”] with me because I wanted to know about the history of every mound and hill. The need for such a software was evident,” said Leifur Björn Björnsson at the company Locatify, which produces the software.
“The prototype was made in 2005. The idea was for people to rent special equipment with the software. At that time the phones were not powerful enough to handle it,” Björnsson explained.
“Approximately two years ago the new iPhones had become more widely owned by the public and then the technology could be adapted to such phones and made more accessible,” he added.
The main tour is the Golden Circle where the guide tells travelers about Thingvellir national park, Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir erupting hot spring area, as well as places of interest along the way. The software can both be used while driving and walking.
Other available tours include Reykjavík, Hafnarfjördur and the Borgarfjördur countryside. One tour, around central Reykjavík, is for free, where the Reykjavík Grapevine magazine informs people about what is happening in Iceland’s capital.
Click here to download Locatify Iceland.