Iceland is an island of fire and ice, a realm in northern Europe th became one of the most desirable tourist destinations on the planet, not just for adventurers but also for those who love nature and expect something different for their holidays. They can fully enjoy the natural wonders of Iceland: volcanoes, geysers, fjords, hot springs and more.
Iceland is a country with a lunar aspect, on which to a large extent, the vegetation can not grow because of the volcanic soil, whose resources are limited, but the area dazzles with its fabulous landscapes and, of course, the way of exploiting the huge resource of geothermal energy of the island. If you plan on visiting the far North, here are a few suggestions regarding what to do and what to see in this fascinating country named Iceland.
Go to the Blue Lagoon (Blue Lagoon), in Grindavik
Just 40 minutes away by car from the capital Reykjavik, there is one of the hottest geothermal spas in the world, a mandatory tourist attraction for anyone visiting Iceland became famous in 1976, when locals also discovered its potential. At the Blue Lagoon you will discover its hit turquoise water in the outdoor, and you will enjoy the best spa services in your life. We were surprised to be greeted with a glass of blue sparkling wine and at the very moment we stepped into the water there were only 8 degrees outside, in mid-May! But the water reaches 37-39 degrees Celsius, therefore sensations are unique and beneficial for both skin and generally to health. Besides the bath itself, the place has a lot of facilities, from saunas to relaxation rooms plus, of course, restaurants and shops.
Witness the show delivered by geysers
As you get into a car in Reykjavik 50 minutes later you’ll get to the Strokkur geyser, the best known and most popular in Iceland. If you want something, consider that the most active hot springs area is in the south-west of the country, near the river Hvita, and is called Golden Circle. Here you will find about 100 geysers, but returning to Strokkur, it sprays water to a height of 30 meters every few minutes, which makes this natural activity a really spectacular show. In addition, you can visit the recently opened Geysir Center where you can see exhibitions and informative presentations throughout the year. And the icing on the cake: if you wanto to, you can help a ... chef to boil an egg in a hot thermal spring to serve it with bread that was baked for 24 hours while the same source.
See the whales near Reykjavik
Whatever the time you will arrive to Iceland, the whale show is always available. Of course, during summer it is even more beautiful and the warmer months will offer you the opportunity of enjoying daily excursions, including the "whales in the midnight sun" event. Those who organize say that the chances to see these fabulous mammals are 80-95%, depending on the time of the year. Usually they are not shy and they swim right past the boat, so that the show is totally realistic.
Admire the Dettifoss Waterfall
Dettifoss is a waterfall which is located north of Vatnajökull National Park and is the best example of brute force of nature carving the land. Having a width of 100 meters and a height of 45, this waterfall is said that it is not only the most powerful in Iceland but also across Europe. The best agle to admire it is from the eastern side of the Jökulsa river, where the road is better. Within walking distance of Dettifoss there is another waterfall, Selfoss, which is 10 meters lower, but also very beautiful and spectacular. Under Dettifoss you will also find Hafragilsfoss, another waterfall flowing its vibrant waters from a 27 meters height into a steep canyon.
Visit Kirkjufell and Grundarfjordur Mountains
At about two and a half hours driving from Reykjavik, towards the board-west, there lies the small town of fishermen named Grundarfjordur, located on the northern coast of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, in the beautiful surroundings of a fjord framed by mountains; the star of the area is Mount Kirkjufell . In the surroundings you will discover waterfalls and many other natural wonders and spectacular sights. During winter, Kirkjufell is a perfect place in which to live to see the Northern lights – Aurora Borealis -, and Eyrbyggja Center hosts exhibits related to the maritime history of Grundarfjordur.
Visit Glacier Cave, the Vatnajökull National Park
Vatnajökull National Park is located in the south and represents a spectacular expanse of glaciers and ice caves, which attract many adventurers from around the world. The park is huge and is divided into four areas that revolve around the Vatnajökull glacier. You will find many tourist information centers and you can visit the Glacier Cave and Hofn any time, as they are open throughout the year. The best time to visit the cave is during winter, after the tip of the iceberg has been washed by heavy rains. If you go during a favorable season, the cave is enveloped by a spectacular blue color given by the ice that captures the subtle nuances of light.
Enjoy the Northern Lights: see the Aurora Borealis
Northern Lights represent one of the most popular attractions in Iceland. We know that auroras are related to solar winds and are the result of collisions between gaseous molecules in Earth's atmosphere with electromagnetically charged particles from the sun. This natural spectacle, full of color, can be seen only in a few places on Earth and only at certain times. You are never guaranteed that you'll see the aurora - the atmospheric conditions must "cooperate" with the weather, the sky should be cloudless and the pollution level must be very low. If you have the chance, go see the Northern lights in Iceland from late September until early April.
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