– ICELAND TRAVEL GUIDE –
Capital city: Reykjavik
Population: 306,694 people
Area: 103,125 square kilometers
Currency: Icelandic krona
Iceland is a Nordic country with a rich history, amazing flora and fauna and a unique atmosphere that is the envy of many countries. It is located on an island located on the border of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, which is known as the island of ice and fire. It owes its name to its numerous volcanoes and glaciers, which are one of the world’s greatest attractions. There are many places of interest for tourists such as the capital Reykjavik and Akureyri. In addition, you will have the unique opportunity to experience a soothing bath for body and soul at the unique Blue Lagoon spa, get ready for an extraordinary journey, on this wonderful island.
-Island travel guide –
Iceland and its capital Reykjavik is undoubtedly one of the biggest tourist attractions. Austurvollur Square, the Althing parliament building and the Lutheran church with its baptismal font of Bertil Thorvaldsen’s work form the center of the city here. Of the new buildings, the most noteworthy is the Perlon, the large reservoirs of spring water used to heat the city’s homes. There is a beautiful winter garden and a fascinating fountain that imitates a geyser, from which water ejaculates every 5 minutes to a height of 15 meters. There are about 30 different museums and galleries in Reykjavik, but among the most interesting are, the National Museum (with exhibits on the history of Iceland, starting from the Viking period), and the folk art museum. Reykjavik is an ideal place for outings and excursions to the historical sites of the southwestern part of Iceland.
Blue Lagoon Iceland is located about a 40-minute drive from Reykjavík, the most popular geothermal spa in Iceland, and is also the most visited tourist attraction. Blue Lagoon was created from the remains of a geothermal power plant in the 1970s, when the spa became a hit with locals. Water from underground hot springs reaches temperatures between 37-39 degrees Celsius and is very beneficial for both health and skin. Tourists visiting the lagoon can also enjoy in-water massages, guided tours of the interesting geothermal area and luxury lounges. In addition to bathing surrounded by amazing landscapes, there is also a store selling skin care products, a range of spa treatments, and a number of dining venues.
The Borgarfjordhur District is home to the country’s longest fjord, Hvalfjordhur, with an enchanting landscape of mountain ridges, valleys and numerous lakes. There are also many beautiful waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafossar on the Hvita River. Kalidalur is a rocky valley and barren pass between the snow-covered Mount Ok and the Langjókull glacier. It has an area of 1,000 square kilometers and a thickness of several hundred meters. With clear air, you can see the surface of the glacier.
Iceland Whale Watching
No matter , when you plan to go to Iceland, whale watching is a year-round attraction, although summer is the most popular time to see these majestic giants. During the warmer months, tours take place day and night, including whale watching under the glare of the midnight sun. Tour operators say there is an 80-95% chance of seeing these magnificent creatures depending on the time of year. Best of all, the surfacing whales often appear right next to the boats, so sitting right on the side of the boat you can enjoy some of nature’s most amazing spectacles.
Iceland Aurora Borealis – northern lights, are one of Iceland’s most beautiful tourist attractions. Auroras are formed due to magnetic storms. They are associated with the solar wind and the flow of ions radiating from the sun. These particles become trapped in the Earth’s magnetic field and collide with atmospheric particles, causing bursts of energy that appear as large, colorful circles around the poles. This spectacular light show is best enjoyed in remote locations especially during periods of increased solar activity.
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