Iceland, island of fire and ice, is the top travel destination of the world for outdoor adventurers and nature lovers. Volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, glaciers, ice fields and fjords rest at the edge of the Arctic Circle.
Not so far away from the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík, Blue lagoon gives visitors the chance to enjoy an extraordinary and spectacular ‘bath’ in a natural geothermal spa. Hot water,the temperature of which ranges from 37 to 39 degrees Celsius, makes visitors to relax and have a bath in a unique and amazing natural habitat. Nearby you will find plenty of shops, restaurants and coffee shops. It’s a petty not to visit this fantastic site, given the short distance drive from Reykjavík, where you can find daily trips back and forth.
The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, constitute scenery not unique in Iceland, since you can find it in other countries of northern Europe. However, it is worth seeing these lights, which derive from a combination of effects as a result of the solar wind and the magnetic field of our planet. What you have to do in order to enjoy the best view of the northern lights is to move from the city to a rural environment, and this can be very easily fulfilled by taking the night bus from Reykjavik with destination a quiet and remote rural location.
Vatnajökull National Park is a national park covered with ice. Specifically, this park consists of glaciers and ice caves. The most known is the Vatnajökull glacier, a vast white parcel of land. Among the various ice caves, Skaftafell Ice Cave and Höfn are open during the whole year, whereas Skriðuklaustur and Jökulsárgljúfur are not accessible in winter. The Skaftafell Ice Cave is well known for its amazing blue light, which usually appears after a not so light rain.
Dettifoss Waterfall, located within the region of the of Vatnajökull National Park, is indicative of the power that a waterfall can have. Reaching to this waterfall is not so easy and the best idea is to try to get there by taking the road on the east side of the River Jökulsa. Selfossand-Hafragilsfoss constitute a network of waterfalls that are located nearby. The former is a small waterfall while the latter is next to a canyon, where the water ends up after 27 meters downfall.
Lake Myvatn is also an important natural sight of Iceland. Full of birds, many of which you can see all year round, a great variety of fast and fauna and a magnificent region, which dates back in the long past. This sight is said to be a result of a lava eruption and this seems to be true, since a relative recent eruption took place, dated back in the mid-1980s. This is why you will come across with clay pits, sulphuric fumes as well as lava formations.
Landmannalaugar National Park is also a must-see site while your stay in Iceland. Hekla volcanois approachable and you will see lava fields all around. It is in ideal place for hiking and horse riding are popular things to do here, and hikes range from a couple of hours to several days. The park is accessible only from June to late September.
Visit the Myrdalsjökull Glacier Park is open to visitors only during the summer period. Here, you can have a view of Maelifell volcano, which is in cone shape. Other volcanoes are located nearby as well as hot springs and a smaller glacier, the name of which is Eyjafjallajökull.
Finally a great idea is to to take a boat trip for whale watching. Iceland’s waters host whales of many types and this is why there is a high possibility to see a whale while you are on a boat. This also justifies why boat trips are every day available. Summer is said to be the best time to see whales, but whale watching takes place throughout the year. Boat trips can also be combined with visits to islands and bird watching. These trips usually start from Reykjavik's Old Harbor.
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