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Hike Iceland – My Commune with a Glacier

Hike Iceland – My Commune with a Glacier

Article by David Brooks

For all those nature lovers who also love a good adventure hike, you should check out Iceland. It is like a hiker’s paradise, especially if you love glaciers.

To me there is nothing better than getting outdoors and going for a nice long trek. I love the adventure, the physical challenge and exploring new places. I also have a certain proclivity towards glaciers. I think that they are amazing, though I have never actually seen one up close. Last month I got the chance to do just that.

I didn’t go to Iceland just for hiking, I was there on business. But over the weekend, I decided to get book a tour. There are several hiking and trekking tour companies in Iceland so it wasn’t hard. With the help of the front desk clerk at the hotel I was staying at, I got in touch with a company that offers tours right from Reykjavik; turns out that you don’t necessarily have to travel far to get out in nature or to commune with a glacier.

Anyways, I made my choice of tour operators and told them what I wanted to do. They suggested a tour that fit my time frame and desire to explore a glacier, in this case Solheimajokull glacier. I think this translates as “sun home glacier” at least I think that is what it translates to with my rough knowledge of Icelandic. This particular glacier is located about two hours away from the capital city.

The tour company picked me up from my hotel in the morning and off we went. I was amazed at how quickly we were in the country. Reykjavik is not a very big capital city and most of Iceland is uninhabited. When we arrived at the glacier, I instantly fell in love. The weather was picture perfect and the contrasting colors of blue sky and the white glacier were outstanding.

We took a few minutes to go over a safety brief, put on our extra clothes and crampons and then we were off. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and told us all kinds of facts about Iceland, glaciers and such. But, what I liked best was when everyone stopped talking. Rarely in our busy lives do we get to experience absolute silence and that was one of the early pleasures of this glacier tour. We all stopped walking and talking and there it was, total silence. I turned my face to the sun and just soaked up this moment.

Later, we got to explore some crevasses and beautiful blue-white ice sculptures. When you touch this kind of ice, you are amazed by how smooth it is like polished glass. We got to walk through long ridges that were like narrow ice hallways.

What struck me about this glacier was that it seemed to have a positive affect on everyone’s mood. It is kind of like the glacier is pumping out negative ions and it helps you feel content and grounded in that moment. I also think that the glacier, by the fact that it has been around for so long, imparts a certain sense of history and almost embodies a wise personality. Maybe it was just me, I tend to anthropomorphize everything.

One the way back to the city, our guide also stopped by two beautiful waterfalls, Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Being from the western US, I am not used to seeing so much water and I was struck by the raw power and beauty of these falls. Raw power and beauty is a good analogy for Iceland in general.

All-in-all I was very satisfied with my Iceland hiking tour experience. This particular tour wasn’t very strenuous, so if you want something more physical, you can choose Zyrtec online a different tour. I think that one day I would like to come back here and do one of their multi-day tours.

So, if you are looking for a new hiking adventure or just an Iceland day tours idea, I wouldn’t hesitate to tell you to hike Iceland. Next time I am going to visit Skaftafell in the East for a longer trek.

About the Author

David Brooks is a customer service specialist at Blindsgalore.com, a internet retailer of window treatments, blinds, shutters and shades.

Seven interesting attractions of Iceland for a quick trip

Seven interesting attractions of Iceland for a quick trip

Article by Asberg Jonsson

Iceland is not too far from the eastern coast of North America and even more closer to Western Europe. Hence, its position between North America and Europe makes it a perfect weekend destination. In all, it can be said without any doubt that Iceland is a cool and an inexpensive place for an interesting holiday time. Following are some important and top tourist attractions in Iceland.

Lake Myvatn Conservation Area – this area was declared a special conservation area in 1974. Now it has become a major tourist attraction of Iceland because of some rare natural sights available in this area. This area is Iceland’s most active area in terms of geology. Bubbly mud flats, volcanic craters, newly formed lava fields, crowded bird life, blue lake, everything is present here. One of Europe’s fiercest and tallest waterfalls “the waterfall of god” is also in this park. This waterfall falls from the elevation of 163 meters.

The Vestmann islands – this area of Iceland is also known as the “paradise at the end of the world”. This place is worth watching because the youngest island of this world, “surtsey” is located here. This island appeared as in 1963, a volcano busted from the waves. Special tours are arranged for this particular part of Iceland.

Snaefellsnes peninsula/ Snaefellsjokull glacier – this glacier is around 60 kilometers far from the capital city. The notable thing is that still it is visible from Reykjavik. The peninsula of snaefellsnes is an eye-catching and supernatural landscape full of lava caves, waterfalls and hot springs. It is also a source of some very beautiful towns and farms. One can enjoy spectacular and extraordinary coastal views in this part of Iceland.

Thingvellir – this is Iceland’s most important place. This is the place where Iceland’s parliament was formed. One of the spectacular sites here is the cliff which is overlooking the parliament. Lake Thingvallavtn is another place to look for here. It is the world’s biggest supernatural lake and you can enjoy fishing there. Hiking through the wonderful landscapes of thingvellir is one of the major tourist attractions.

Blue lagoon – this destination has the honor to be the most clicked destination of Iceland. It is a man made lagoon and has a temperature of around 40 degree Celsius. It is believed there that its water has a blessing from god and can cure many diseases especially psoriasis. Whether it is summer or the winter, bathing in this lagoon is a breath taking experience. Geysers – this very famous natural tourist destination is located close to Iceland’s capital Reykjavik. It is overall a three square kilometer area. “Geyser spouting spring” the world’s largest geyser is situated here. Another small spring called ‘strokkur’ is the centre of attraction in this area. This small geyser erupts continuously at the intervals of five to ten minutes. This whole area is full of many small pools.

Skogar folk museum – This is a very famous museum and is another major landmark of Iceland. This museum has a collection of over six thousand articles connected to ancient Icelandic history.

These are seven most famous places one should go while on a tour to Iceland. Of course Iceland is full of amazing sites and sounds with breath taking natural beauty and ideally you should spend a much longer time in Iceland to truly feel the rich experience that this country gives out to its visitors.

About the Author

Asberg Jonsson is the manager of Iceland Visitor, a company specializing in packages for Vacation in Iceland and day tours in Iceland. For more information visit www.icelandvisitor.com

FAQ’s on Iceland’s Northern Lights

FAQ’s on Iceland’s Northern Lights

Article by Vikki Beale

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If you’re thinking of taking a northern lights tour then there really is nowhere better than Iceland to see the mythical Aurora Borealis. Iceland is placed in the most active part of the Aurora Ovals, which means that the Northern Lights can almost always be seen during the winter months just as long as the skies are clear. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions on Iceland’s Northern Lights.

What are the Northern Lights?

Iceland’s Northern Lights are naturally occurring phenomena which happen as a result of gas produced by solar activity on the surface of the sun. When this gas hits earth it reacts with the earth’s magnetic field causing the frissons of colour which we call the Aurora Borealis.

When is the best time to see Iceland’s Northern Lights?

If you thinking of taking a Northern Lights tour in Iceland, then the best time to see these natural phenomena is during the colder periods of September through to March. Iceland’s long daylight hours make it almost impossible to view the Aurora during the summer months.

Time-wise, the best time to see Iceland’s Aurora Borealis is around midnight when Iceland’s Aurora Oval is said to pass over the observer.

Where is the best place to take a Northern Lights holiday?

To be in with the best chance of viewing Iceland’s Northern Lights you need to ensure that you are staying in an area free from any light pollution. Therefore, you need to venture out of large cities and towns into Iceland’s natural wilderness. A popular location with both locals and tourists alike is the 4* Hotel Ranga, which is located just over an hour’s drive from the centre of Reykjavik. The hotel manager, Bjorn Erikkson, conducts daily tours of Iceland’s Northern lights and with his year’s of experience, is considered to be something of an expert on the subject. The 360 degree aerial views and mountain backdrops also help to provide the perfect setting for Iceland’s stunning Aurora Borealis.

How long do Iceland’s Aurora Borealis displays last?

Typically Iceland’s Northern Light displays last for just a couple of minutes and occur a few times a night. However, large displays that last up to three hours have also been observed, although they are far less frequent. The amount of energy that is produced during these larger displays is said to be the equivalent of a small nuclear explosion.

Are there any myths or folklore surrounding Iceland’s Northern Lights?

There are plenty and your guide will almost certainly regale you with many of them during your Northern lights tour. The Aurora feature prominently in Inuit and Norse mythology and are even mentioned in the Old Testament. In Iceland it was also once believed that if pregnant women gazed at the Aurora then their children would be born cross-eyed.

What colours are Iceland’s Northern Lights?

Iceland’s Aurora Borealis respond to the different gases in the ionosphere. Whilst oxygen atoms will produce red and green light, nitrogen molecules produce a violet light. The differing colours relate to how far up in the ionosphere the gases are produced. The most common colour seen in Iceland’s Northern lights is green.

About the Author

Vikki Beale is a holiday expert for iceland2go, a specialist operator providing a selection of itineraries for the best Northern Lights tour . We arrange luxury holidays and tailor-made holidays to Iceland and Greenland, with sights including glaciers, geysers, fjords, and the Northern Lights.

Ten Exciting Things To Do When Visiting Iceland

Ten Exciting Things To Do When Visiting Iceland

Article by Jonathan Williams

Should you happen to contemplate vacationing in Europe, you could give Iceland a try where nature that means more than beaches and resorts. Best of all, majority of the tourist spots the country can offer will require no entrance fees unlike in most other countries. Summer would be the best time to go there.

1.) Bláa Lónið

This is a famous health center with pool known as Blue Lagoon located in southwest Iceland. This happens to be a spa located in the center of lava filled with stunningly blue waters. One will find this place one of the warm spots in the country as opposed to the impression of a primarily snow-filled place that the country’s name implies.

2.) Gullfoss

One can try going east of the capital Reykjavik to be able to get to the Golden Falls. The breathtaking waterfall is fed by river known as Hvítá. This goes down a two-fold cascade to create one of the best waterfalls you could visit.

3.) Geysir and Strokkur

As mentioned earlier, Iceland is also home to several geothermal spots, and two of them are Geysir and Strokkur, which happens to be a few kilometers on the west of the Golden Falls. Between the two, it would be safer to go to Geysir since it hardly erupts, and Strokkur would do so every few minutes. But what a sight it would be and a picture worth taking only if you keep a safe distance.

4.) Skagafjordur

It is one of the cities in Iceland which offers several fun activities to tourists. One of the parks you will find here is the Historical Nature Park Island Drangey then you can go on to visit the Glaumbær, which happens to be a folk museum. And you will need to wonder no more what an icelandic horse looks like because this place is where they are bred. And yes, it’s also time to take the challenge of river rafting.

5.) Kerið

Here lies the sight of a lake within a volcano. Many times, what you will find in countries are both active and inactive volcanoes which would spew lava from time to time. This time, you get a lake instead of lava right inside the crater of a volcano.

6.) Þingvellir National Park

UNESCO has made this national park one of the world’s heritage sites for good reasons. This happens to be the place where you will find the movement of European and North American shelf plates while serving as the longest running parliamentary field there is. Again, this, too, is just about 35 miles off the capita’s east.

7.) Mývatn

On this spot, you will get to visit the desert Smajfall which gives out sulfuric steam coming from the ground. Here, you will also see Dimmuborgir which is also known as Gates of Hell or The Black City. But the name Mývatn actually refers to the lake which looks nothing like other lakes due to presence of special volcanic craters around it.

8.) Dettifoss

If you just came off the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, you might want to check this place out afterwards. A powerful waterfall awaits you at Dettifoss. This happens to be one of the best all over Europe.

9.) Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights

Textbooks have talked about the midnight sun. It was even discussed in school. Iceland is the place to be to get to view this sight where the sun does not set at midnight, and you will not be able to find this occurrence in other countries.

10.) Vestmannaeyjar

When translated, the name means Westman Islands. It is actually a volcanic island with a wonderful collection of bird species and the biggest puffin colony you could find in Europe. That’s definitely something not to miss.

About the Author

Jonathan Williams is the travel writer for Destination Guide TV – the place to share travel videos. Visit http://www.destinationguide.tv/iceland to view or share Iceland travel videos.

Iceland Customs – What You Should Know Before Your Trip to Iceland

Iceland Customs – What You Should Know Before Your Trip to Iceland

Article by Isabella Olsen

The Land of Fire and Ice, Iceland is littered with majestic volcanoes and glaciers. It is also a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, especially bird-watchers and whale-watchers. It is a dream come true for those who love outdoor adventure, as well, since it offers various activities such as horseback riding, skiing and whitewater rafting. Indeed, Iceland is a popular European tourist destination. Before you go on a trip there, though, it is good to learn some of the basic Iceland customs first.

Just like other countries in Europe, it is one of the customs in Iceland to shake hands and say ‘hello’. Kissing each other’s cheeks is acceptable, too, along with wishing each other happiness by saying ‘Sael’ (to a man) or ‘Saell’ (to a woman).

Another Iceland custom is to take off your shoes in the hallway when you enter someone’s home. Also, don’t be surprised if someone asks you to be a guest in his or her house since Icelanders love to have guests. Just make sure you bring a bouquet of flowers or a similar token of appreciation when you show up.

If you have been invited to dine, keep in mind that you don’t need to say grace or express gratitude before meals like the French or the Japanese. Rather, follow customs in Iceland by eating heartily then thanking your host afterwards by shaking his hand.

Keep in mind, too, that believing in mysterious or ‘hidden’ beings such as elves and trolls is part of the traditions in Iceland, so don’t bring up the subject about them casually. Indeed, most of the unique and sometimes bizarre rock formations in Iceland is attributed to elves or trolls, Elf ‘habitats’ are protected, as well.

Tipping, on the other hand, is not one of the Iceland customs, whether you’re in a hotel or a restaurant. This is something you’ll be happy to know since prices are relatively steep in Iceland compared to the countries in mainland Europe.

Are you planning on spending Christmas in Iceland? If so, make sure to practice saying ‘Gleileg jol gott og fars!’ first, which is the local Christmas greeting. Keep in mind, too, that it is part of the traditions in Iceland to have long Christmas holidays – 26 days, to be specific. There are 13 Santa Clauses, too!

These are just some of the most common Iceland customs. True, there may be no law requiring you to follow them, but there is no harm in doing so. In fact, you might just be rewarded with a rich cultural experience and a more meaningful trip to Iceland.

About the Author

Isabella Olsen is a writer for various travel magazines who has toured global tourist destinations, including Iceland, by car. To book your Iceland car hire or learn more about car rental worldwide, visit www.zencarhire.com.

Places to See in Iceland

Places to See in Iceland

Article by Matthew Kepnes

Iceland offers some great adventure locations for you to explore on a vacation trip. One of the excellent ways of experiencing the wonderful places in Iceland is to participate on escorted tours. You may find several guided tours available on the vicinity especially during the holiday season. Most of the exciting places you may expect from the location are those that are not included on standard travel guidebooks.

In order to have a wonderful traveling experience, touring with experts is the best way to reach the natural wonders of the country. These professional tour managers can lead you to properly maintained routes and allow you to witness excellent landscapes scattered across the region. If you want to see the magnificent glacier formations as well as glaciers and waterfalls, you may want to participate on tours directed to the southern part of the country. Normally, an escorted tour would take about nine days to complete thus you may want to schedule your trip to fit your holiday vacation.

Iceland has a lot of thing to see and do. There is the famous Blue Lagoon. This lagoon is man made and is a mineral run off from the nearby geothermal plant. This pool is really clean and great to relax in. The heated water is relaxing and a refreshing way to warm up from the cold. It’s the country’s most famous tourist attraction. It’s close to the capital and makes for a great day trip.

Winter is a great time to visit Iceland. Though it is very cold and dark, you get to see a lot of natural wonders. You can hike over glaciers and see the northern lights. The glaciers are really thick and it’s pretty cool to hike across one. The Northern Lights appear frequently during the Icelandic winter and are a beautiful light show in the sky. You can see many different colors and patterns. Moreover, by going to Iceland in the winter you can experience 18 hour nights. It’s a unique experience that plays with your sense of time.

If you are looking for an adventurous trip to Iceland, several excursions allows its participants to experience the rougher side of the terrain. These adventure tours would take you to the expeditions to the bumps, splashes and slopes of the Iceland region. Travelers interested in foot hiking and witnessing the picturesque landscapes should participate in this Iceland tour. However, you may alternatively take a drive with the Super Jeeps to have an adventure ride to the demanding terrains of this adventure route. Bikes and snowmobiles are also some of the alternative vehicles for this holiday option.

About the Author

Matthew Kepnes loves to travel to Iceland. For more information about travel to Iceland, check out his article on iceland travel.

Visiting the Unique Landscape of Iceland

Visiting the Unique Landscape of Iceland

Article by Paul Buchanan

If you’re the sort of person who shies away from sun, sea and sand holidays where the main activity of choice is laying on the beach and slowly cooking yourself, the chances are you’ll be looking for something a little more adventurous while searching for your next holiday away. Although beautiful in their own way, beach holidays can be boring  – they’re monotonous, tiresome and everything remains the same, day in, day out. What you’re probably after is something more exciting, something where your eyes can’t believe what they’re taking in every day – somewhere incredible that you’ll never forget!

Does this sound along the right lines for what you’re searching for? If so, you needn’t look any further for the perfect holiday destination – Iceland awaits! Perhaps considered the direct opposite of your average beach holiday, a visit to Iceland will show you the unique, dynamic landscape you’ve been craving to see. Packed with gigantic glaciers which loom threateningly on the horizon, breathtaking volcanoes which cover an extraordinary amount of land and awe-inspiring waterfalls that capture the imagination, Iceland truly is the adventurer’s holiday destination of choice.

Every day, you’ll be able to take in a new wonder of nature, whether you want to get up close and personal with a glacier as it shapes the land of the future or to take in the beauty of a tumbling waterfall as frosty sheets of water spill from high cliffs into deep, crystal clear plunge pools below. If you’re feeling a little more daring, Iceland has plenty of volcanoes for you to catch a glimpse of – from a safe distance, of course!

If taking in majestic views that will remain with you for a lifetime sounds like your holiday of dreams, it’s certainly worth considering this island gem. Iceland is growing in popularity as a holiday destination and, from the moment you step off your flight, it won’t be difficult to see why. Iceland’s landscape is truly one to be reckoned with and you’ll congratulate yourself for remembering to bring extra camera batteries and memory cards as the chances are you won’t be able to stop snapping!

Of course, such tremendous landscapes deserve equalled indoor accommodation – such as the luxury hotels in Reykjavik which await to ensure you get a great night’s rest before heading off in the morning to explore even more of this breath-taking country.

Bored of the beach? Try Iceland for your next holiday and enjoy a vacation like no other.

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Paul Buchanan writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

The Best Sites To Visit On A Holiday To Iceland

The Best Sites To Visit On A Holiday To Iceland

Article by Vikki Beale

The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is perhaps the most well known attraction in Iceland and one of the most spectacular, in a destination known for its stunning natural beauty. Heated up by the adjacent geothermal power station, you should leave an entire day to fully appreciate the wonderment of this attraction on your holiday to Iceland, or why not stay overnight? You can choose from a range of in-water treatments or massages, which start at just 15 euros. The mud mask is provided throughout the resort and is said to contain many beneficial minerals. In the afternoon, you can enjoy an invigorating massage and sauna under the waterfall, before ending your evening with themed cocktails in the Lava bar.

Jokulsaron

Holidays to Iceland are popular with nature lovers due to the amazing glacieral scenery and nature-spotting opportunities that a specialist holiday in Iceland provides. Jokulsaron is simply breathtaking and the landscape here is awash with glaciers and icebergs. The name translates to glacieral river lagoon, and the area is formed by a glacial retreat, which stretches along for several miles. You can rent a small boat or kayak into the river and watch, amazed, as glaciers snap off around you. Even Hollywood has noticed the beauty of this area, and as a result two James Bond movies have been filmed here.

Landmannalaugar

Its rugged terrain and wide open spaces has made Iceland a popular package holiday destination for the adventure crowd. In Iceland, you can try your hand at almost any sports from fly-fishing to free-fall diving, but a super jeep tour around the uninhabited area of Landmannalaugar is the best way to see the sites, whilst having a little fun. The area is made up of dormant volcanoes and features bubbling mud baths and impressive natural lava barriers, but it is Landmannalaugar’s dirt tracks, which are perfect for by 4X4 vehicles. The final river crossing at the end of your tour manages to be both thrilling and actually really quite scary.

Husavik

No Iceland holiday is complete without taking a gander at the world’s biggest mammals, and Husavik is the best place to view whales in the country. Every species of whale can be spotted here from giant blues to magnificent humpbacks and friendly orcas. The area is also popular with porpoises, and white beaked dolphins will often follow your fishing boat, popping up regularly for photos. Whilst in Husavik be sure to visit the Whale Museum, a remnant from the times where whaling provided the town’s main source of income. You may be the coldest you’ve ever been in your life on a Husavik boat trip, but as each tour has a 95% success rate, who really cares?

Geysir

Geysir is considered to be the oldest geyser in the world and dates back to 1294. It is a popular destination with visitors on a package holiday to Iceland, and although the spurting is largely sporadic the geyser roughly gushes around three times a day. The nearby geyser of Strokkur erupts more often; at heights of 20 metres about once every five minutes. But, the 60 metre spurts at Geysir are easily much more magnificent and no holiday to Iceland is complete without a visit here.

About the Author

Vikki Beale is a holiday expert for Iceland2Go, a specialist operator providing holidays to Iceland and Greenland. Iceland2go has a dedicated team of experienced travel consultants ready to share their knowledge and help you to plan and book your ideal holiday.

Specialist Holidays in Iceland

Specialist Holidays in Iceland

Article by creative666

Residing in the isolated climes of the North Atlantic, the small nation of Iceland is a remarkable destination with something for just about everyone, no matter how niche their interests.

One of Iceland’s unique features is the Icelandic Horse which features a special fifth gait. The horse has been carefully protected by the Icelandic Government for decades; thanks to strict equine immigration laws (!) the horse has remained remarkably pure-bred. The horse is incredibly steady on the varied Icelandic landscape, and travelling through the natural splendour of the country on horseback is a wonderfully ‘Icelandic’ way to explore this stunning country.

Most trips on the Icelandic Horse are especially enjoyable as, by tradition, riders will ‘run’ with a free-running pack of horses, and most of the time riders will rotate between a few different horses. And after a long day in the saddle, what better way to relax than in a hot tub under the wide open skies?

Fishermen too will enjoy the natural bounty to be found in Iceland, especially in the North and Highland regions. Iceland offers some particularly fantastic freshwater fishing and has become a favourite fly fishing spot. One highlight is the ‘Hidden Lake,’ and as you might expect only a small number of Icelanders know of its location – the only way to get there is to join a fishing ‘tour’ with an expert guide. Once you reach this perfect hideaway, the exclusivity of the lake means you have a fantastic chance of catching a ‘monster brownie’ – ice age brown trout, bigger and wilder than the brown trout you may be used to. When conditions permit, the fishing here is truly incredible.

Also in recent years Iceland has become something of a wedding hotspot, and with a variety of settings from the quirky to the simply breathtaking, it is easy to find a poignant spot to exchange your vows. Options range from a traditional wedding in a tiny turf church overlooking lava fields and volcanic beaches, to an ‘adventurous’ wedding in a unique natural location, such as by a lake or alongside a waterfall. Iceland can provide the perfect base for a memorable wedding.

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Top 10 Iceland Attractions and Things to Do

Top 10 Iceland Attractions and Things to Do

Article by Nia Peters

The outdoors person will love visiting Iceland. This country has some of the most dramatic landscapes caused by volcanic eruptions. Some parts of the country are a result of glaciers, while other parts haven’t changed since the time of the Vikings.

Reykjavik the capital is surrounded by water, and offers visitors a large choice of boat tours that take people out whale watching. Many different types of whales are found in these waters as well as dolphins and porpoises. Make sure to choose a trip that takes you near the islands where there are large colonies of puffins.

An exciting way to see Iceland is by air. There are tour companies that take people up for a unique look at the entire area from the sky. This is a great way to see some of the most beautiful parts of the country. Most companies will tailor a trip to whatever your needs might be. A great idea for a family outing is to go on one of these excursions.

One of the most relaxing things to do in Iceland is to visit the thermal spas and pools. In Reykjavik they are found all over the city and offer a wonderful way for the traveler to kick back and relax. No matter what the weather, these geothermal springs are always warm and open to the public. For a special treat, visit the Blue Lagoon which is fed by hot mineral water from beneath the earth.

If you are an outdoors person and want to be active on your vacation Iceland offers it all, from horseback riding to trekking through vast areas of wilderness filled with wildlife. Iceland has three national parks for visitors to explore. The main one for visitors to see is Vatnajökull National Park, which is the largest park in all of Europe. It covers nearly 11% of Iceland and visitors will see the effects of fire and ice competing with each other over the ages.

Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, is a city that is as cosmopolitan as any on the continent. Minutes away from the city, the traveler will find a beautiful countryside where a number of activities can be found for the adventuresome traveler. Midnight golf is a popular activity just as glacier trekking is, and it can all be found just minutes away from the capital.

If fine dining needs to be part of your vacation, this country has fine dining with some of the most imaginative cuisine you will find anywhere. If nightlife is what you’re looking for, this city is known for having one of the hottest nightlife scenes in Europe.

The city is also filled with culture. From historical sites to museums and theater, the cultural scene is full of life and energy. Iceland is no different than any other cosmopolitan city. There are festivals, exhibitions and plenty of things for a visitor to do and see.

A diverse country, Iceland has beautiful landscapes and a countryside that beckon the outdoor traveler. This truly is a city where there is something for everyone. The people are warm and friendly and love to share their country and culture with visitors. Iceland can truly be a very memorable vacation.

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