Article by Michael Drewell
Iceland is considered as a European country and it is a large mountainous island in the north of Atlantic Ocean which is between Europe and North America. In a sense, it is worthy of its name with over 10% of the country covered by glaciers, a surprisingly mild climate and countless geothermal hot springs.
Iceland is a very beautiful place if you enjoy strange and desolate landscapes. As it is so close to the Arctic Circle, the amount of daylight days varies dramatically by season. The sun sets briefly each night in June, but it doesn’t get fully dark before it comes up again. In March and September, days and nights are about equal, as elsewhere in the world. If you go there in December, it’s almost 20 hours of gloom or darkness. Summer is definitely the best time to go, and even then the tourist traffic is still mild. The midnight sun is a so beautiful sight that one definitely not to miss. It is easy to lose time when the sun is still high in the sky at 11pm. Early or late winter, however, can be surprisingly good times to visit. In late January, it is effectively light from about 10:00am to 5:00pm, and the snow-blanketed landscape is very beautiful.
Iceland was settled by Nordic and Celtic people in the 9th century AD. It is said that the first permanent settler is Ingolfur Arnarson, a Norwegian Viking who makes his home where Reykjavik now stands. The Icelanders still mainly speak the language of the Vikings. Iceland has surprisingly mild winters as a country at that latitude owing to the warming effect of the Atlantic Gulf Stream. Iceland enjoys a maritime temperate climate and the winters are often compared with those of New England. However, the rapidly changing weather has given rise to the local saying: ‘If you don’t like the weather, wait fifteen minutes’.
If you have more time for being in Iceland, you will have more tours to choose. You have the chance to go deep into Iceland by a jeep to explore the unfrequented plain and glacier. You have the chance to live in the farm for several days to make friends there with wranglers and their stocky horses. You have the chance to fly to the north of Iceland to watch the whales by the bay. You also have the chance to fly to world biggest island- Greenland- to experience the life of EskimosFor more information about traveling, please have a look at http://www.affordablecruisestours.com
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