Iceland is one of the northernmost countries in the world which is breathtakingly beautiful. This Nordic island is defined by its diverse landscape with volcanoes, geysers, lava fields, waterfalls, grasslands, hot springs, and dramatic landscape. The culture and traditions of this country are also vivid and lively, with friendly and bright people who welcome you to their small yet amazingly beautiful country. But travelling to the island is not so easy, and sometimes due to its remoteness, people overlook it as their potential tourism destination. However, this article will provide you with all the necessary travel advice that is needed to visit Iceland. So read on till the end and plan a trip to this dream destination to see some of the best nature’s marvel.
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Iceland – what makes this place so special?
Before we discuss the best features of Iceland, we will find out why this place is so special. Iceland is home to some of the breathtakingly beautiful and unique landscapes on this planet. You can also witness some of the best natural phenomena such as the Northern Lights, or better known as the Aurora Borealis from certain places on this island country. There are also massive glaciers in the protected regions of Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull national parks. This country has the highest ratio of human awareness about environmental conservation. The capital city of Reykjavik is powered by eco-friendly geothermal energy. This country is one of the most well-preserved in the world, which makes it quite a spectacular place for everyone to visit.
The capital is also one of the best places in Iceland to visit and have a great time. It is an epicentre of Nordic culture and traditions. The modern side of this city is also quite attractive with a lot of landmarks to see, things to do, and an amazing opportunity to enjoy an exquisite nightlife. There are also some amazing museums and cultural centres that can tell a lot about the history of Iceland with a rich Viking history. There is also a unique therapy that you can treat yourself with. By taking a hot steam bath in a hot spring or a natural geyser.
There are a lot of reasons to visit Iceland, and more people are travelling each year to discover it completely. It has become a hotspot for travellers, and each year the number will increase. Known as the land of ice and fire has some of the best spots for tourism, which is why we want you to make it your next destination in your bucket list.
Things to do in Iceland
Just like we told you, Iceland has a lot to offer. You need to plan a full-fledged vacation to this country to get the best of it. Following are some of the best things you can do in this country. Make sure you visit these places and do these things for the best vacation you can treat yourself with.
Located in south-west Iceland, Blue Lagoon is one of the largest geothermal spas. There is a lava field nearby, which is also the source of Blue Lagoon spring water. This place is one of the most visited places in Iceland. The water is also rich in minerals, which makes it healthy for the skin and overall health. Do visit it when you are visiting Iceland.
Þingvellir is a national park in Iceland near the capital city Reykjavik. This place is also a historic site, and there are some ruins of old stone shelters. The parliament of Iceland was located at this place from 10th to the 18th century. There are a lot of rock formations in the park formed by the separation of 2 tectonic plates. This place is astoundingly beautiful, so make sure it is on your list of places to see in Iceland.
The Golden Circle
The Golden Circle is not actually a destination, but a route that we recommend every tourist to take. It covers about 300 kilometres from the capital Reykjavik to the southern moorlands and all the way back. This circuit has some of the best destinations, tourist attractions, and activities to do in Iceland. You can stop at Þingvellir National Park, Haukadalur which is a geothermal area comprising of geysers Geysir and Strokkur, and Gullfoss Waterfall. There is a lot of natural phenomenon in this place which we want our readers to explore.
Gullfoss is a waterfall which we discussed in the last point of the Golden Circle. But due to its immaculate beauty, we need to discuss it separately. This waterfall is one of the best natural spots in Iceland. Located in the Canyon of Hvítá River, this waterfall is 32 metres high. There are a lot of places to see this magnificent piece of nature. Do take a fully charged camera on this trip so that you can take a lot of pictures.
Jökulsárlón is a glacial pond near Vatnajökull National Park in south-eastern Iceland. There are a lot of icebergs in the blue waters of this lagoon. There is also a glacier in the premises known as Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier, which is a part of larger Vatnajökull Glacier. This place becomes home to hundreds of seals in winters. Another special spectacle about this place is that the water of this lagoon drains in the Atlantic Ocean, taking some pieces of ice with it. These pieces are left on the black sand beach, which is another sight to behold.
Mývatn is a volcanic lake in northern Iceland. This place is known for its naturally heated lagoons which are rich in minerals. Taking a bath there is very good for your health and skin. The place is swarming with boiling mud pots and fumaroles along with some mountains surrounding the whole area. We highly recommend you to visit this place. But do try to hire a guide so that you may know how to explore it completely.
Snæfellsjökull is almost a 700,000-year-old glacier-capped stratovolcano in the western part of Iceland. This volcano is visible from some parts of the capital city of Reykjavik, which is 120 kilometres away. But even if you have seen it from far away, you need to visit it from its base. This mountain is also mentioned in the famous Jules Verne book, The Journey to the Centre of the Earth. If you have read that book, then visiting this place is a must.