A Brief Tour of Majestic Iceland
Article by Bjorn Olav Jonsson
Reykjavik, being the capital city of Iceland always stays the centre of attraction among the tourists visiting this small but very beautiful and natural country. All the attractions of the city of Reykjavik are packed within the very small area. The very popular tourist destinations of this city are Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral, Asmundasafn and Kjarvalsstadir museum and not to mention the Perlan building which can show you the entire city from the top view.
Another very popular thing connected with Iceland is the golden circle route. It is a very popular tourist route which includes visits to some of the most popular tourism destination of Iceland such as Thingvellir national park, the Geysir area, the Gullfoss, Skalhat and the Kerid.
Thingvellir national park is considered the lap of Iceland’s politics. It was here that Iceland’s politics came into being. At this very place, world’s first parliament came into existence in 930 A.D. Not only because of this reason, but Thingvellir is also very popular as it has very bright historic background and one of the most attractive places in entire Iceland.
Next stop to this golden circle route is the Geysir area. This area is well-known because geo-thermal springs are located here and pulls huge crowd towards themselves. In this part of the world, it appears as if earth is still not fully primed and is boiling. Huge amount of steam swirls above the colorful puddles which are full of mud. This mud is also used for medical purposes. During the peak period of their boil, these geysers can go up to the height of 30 meters.
Next is the Gullfoss in the golden circle. This is not very far from the geysers. One will be amazed to see such a difference in nature in such a short distance. The crystal clear water of river Hvita falls from the height of more than 32 meters into a very narrow canyon. If you are lucky enough to witness this place on a pleasant day in summer season, you can see some outstanding views of rainbows created by the vapors arising from the falling water. In winter season, some areas of this waterfall is frozen which gives huge increase in the beauty of this area.
Next stop Skalhat village holds a very important position in the history of Iceland. This is the place where Icelandic bishops have their royal seat in ancient era. Kerid is the next stop in this golden circle tourism route. It was once a very dangerous looking volcano crater but now, by the courtesy of Mother Nature, it has been converted into a very beautiful underworld lake with the green appearing water.
Other than these very popular sights, Iceland is full of many other surprises for all its guests. There is another route known as the silver circle route which covers the most amazing destinations of western coast. Some of them are Hvalfjordur fjord, which is the biggest in the Iceland, Dieldatunguhver, which is the most powerful geo thermal spring in entire Europe and Reykholt, which is considered as the cultural capital of Iceland.
About the Author
Bjorn Olav Jonsson is a freelance writer. For further information visit the website, www.icelandguest.com.