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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

Towns and attractions of Iceland

Famous cities and attractions of Iceland

Article by Dagur Jonsson

Iceland is approximately 1O3.1OO square miles big. That makes it 2.5 times, the size of Denmark. Iceland has the reputation to be the most sparsely populated country of the European continent with only around 3 persons per square kilometer. The overall population of Iceland is more or less 295,OOO. Most of Iceland is vacant and more than sixty percent of total population lives in and around its capital city of Reykjavik. But this particular stat does not mean that tourism in Iceland is only limited to in and around Reykjavik. The beauty lies in every city and every place of this absolutely breathtaking country.

Iceland offers every attraction that a tourist dreams of seeing. Whether they are active volcanoes, biggest glaciers or hot springs, Iceland has everything for everyone. As told earlier, every city of Iceland deserves to be seen at least once; following are some known and unknown cities and destinations of Iceland.

Reykjavik- no doubt that Reykjavík is an important tourist destination of Iceland. Being the capital city of Iceland, this city of Reykjavík has always been a centre of attraction for tourists and it has got everything for every tourist. Reykjavik is full of surprises which start from beautiful nature, museums, and exhibitions to great viewpoints, awesome nightlife, first class restaurants and international fast food chains, shopping in shopping malls and small boutiques.

Keflavík-this city has its importance because it is called the entrance of Iceland. It is about one hour away from Reykjavik. Most visitors and tourists see it because it is the closest city to the international airport of Iceland.

The town of Hveragerdi- this town is about eight hours far from capital Reykjavik. This town has the overall population of 2100 people. It is also called the green and warm town. The specialty of this city is that the centre of the town is a geothermal area and this whole city is built around that. This is one most important tourist attraction of Hveragerdi

The village of Hnifsdalur- the main attraction of this small village situated in the valley of Skutulsfjordur is the mountain Bakkahyrna. The mountain leans over this tiny yet very beautiful place. This village is called by the name of the edge of that mountain that, if seen from the sea, has the shape as that of an edge of a knife.

Fjord patreksfjordur- these are two different names of a same place. This small city is about 6 hours drive from the capital Reykjavik. This area is Iceland’s most isolated area. But tourists can enjoy some natural beauty in the form of landscapes of fjords, islands, mountains and valleys.

Dalir area- this area is famous for a village called Budardalur. It is one the few, very exceptional villages in Iceland. It is situated along the sea coast but has no harbor. It is not a fishing village also.

The golden circle- this is the mot famous route of Iceland. The golden circle is the name given to a route taken by almost 90 percent of tourists who are on their vehicles. In very less time, travelers can feel the beauty of Thingvellir, the famous geothermal area of Iceland and superb Gullfoss waterfalls.

These were some of the famous cities and attractions of Iceland. But still Iceland has much more to offer and to be told. One important thing is that citizens of Scandinavian countries do not need a passport to enter or visit Iceland. Plus, citizens of around sixty countries do not need to have visa for at least three months of stay in Iceland. These and more similar offers are making Iceland more and more popular on world tourism map.

About the Author

Dagur Jonsson is the editor of Iceland Guest, a website specializing in tourist information for travelers to Iceland. For more information visit www.icelandguest.com

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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