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Reykjavík is the capital city of Iceland, and like many, it's busy, hectic and has a vibrant nightlife. As well as being the focal point of the country's cultural activities, it's also used by many as a gateway to the country's superb landscapes.

The Blue Lagoon is Iceland's most famous geothermal pool. It's situated between the airport and Reykjavík and can be a little crowded at times. It's the number one tourist attraction as people are drawn to the milky-blue spa and mineral-rich warm seawater. Iceland travel

Another natural wonder is the Geysir. It first put on a show in the 14th Century, blasting powerful jets of water in the air. It had been quiet for decades, but after recent seismic activity it has started to erupt again. There are also many outdoor activities on offer in the Geysir area, such as river rafting, hiking and golf. A two hour drive away from Reykjavík is the Snaefellnes Peninsula, where there's an awe-inspiring glacier that can be seen from the capital city on a clear day. It was also the glacier that French Author Jules Verne chose as his gateway to the centre of the Earth.

Europe's largest national park, Skaftafell, is a bus ride away from the capital city. You'll see striking peaks and glaciers and the largest ice cap on Earth, except for the North and South Poles.

Iceland 's broad coastline is interrupted by many breathtaking fjords where most towns are sited because the interior of the island, the Highlands of Iceland, are too cold with inhospitable sands and mountains. With dozens of volcanoes and many geysers, Iceland is one of the most geologically active areas on Earth.

The fact that Iceland is quite often overlooked by tourists is both unfortunate and fortunate at the same time. On the one hand, it is unfortunate because much of the world does not realize just how beautiful Iceland truly is. On the other hand, it is fortunate that few tourists seek Iceland as a destination because it allows Iceland to retain its pristine natural beauty.
The following are a few of the most popular destinations in Iceland :

  • Lake Mývatn Conservation Area in north-eastern Iceland offers bubbling mud flats, volcanic craters, newborn lava fields, swarming bird life, a sparkling blue lake and the famous Dettifoss Fall which is Europe 's most powerful waterfall.
  • The Westmann Islands (Vestmannaevjar) is abundant with wildlife. And in 1963 a brand new volcano broke through and rose above the ocean creating the world's youngest island, Surtsey.
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula is scattered with lava caves, waterfalls and hot springs as well as charming fishing towns and farms; while the awe inspiring Snaefellsjokull Glacier is prominently visible for many miles.
  • Thingvellir is a most significant historical site in Iceland because this is where Iceland 's parliament first met in 930 AD. The Thingvellir National Park offers amazing fishing in Iceland 's largest lake and hiking trails through breathtaking natural landscapes.
  • The Blue Lagoon is man-made and its waters are reported to have medicinal properties. The Blue Lagoon has an opaque aquamarine color and is the most frequently photographed feature in Iceland.
  • The Árnesinga Folk Museum is housed in Húsið which is one of the most famous structures in Iceland and is located in the village of of Eyrarbakki.
  • Built from a mixture of driftwood and turf, the Vidimyri Turf Church is one of the oddest looking structures one would ever witness but is considered as one of the finest examples of old Icelandic architecture. Reykjavik
  • Reykjavik is the national capital of Iceland and its largest city.
  • The Árbær Folk Museum is the largest open-air museum in Iceland and it traces society in Iceland from its beginning to the present.
  • The Old Town is teeming with superb restaurants and lively nightclubs.
  • The Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum is a top world class museum.
  • The Church of Hallgrímur is the most controversial building in Iceland.
  • Sundlaugar Reykjavikur is a huge volcanically heated swimming pool located just outside the city limits.
  • Mount Esja is hovering over Reykjavik and provides an astounding view of the city.
  • Lake Tjornin is located in the heart of Reykjavik and is a haven for arctic birds.
  • Videy Island is a five minute boat trip from the city and it is a paradise for wild birds and flowers.

The Perlan is Reykjavik 's most impressive building serving as an observatory, a revolving gourmet restaurant that sits on top of four gigantic tanks which hold the city's supply of hot water after it is pumped from geothermal wells outside the city limits. The Perlan also houses a casual café and a conference hall.

There are regular flights to Reykjavík from other European countries, and from the USA. A ferry service also operates from northern Denmark, though this is a much slower way to travel. Inside the country there are domestic flights to major cities. There aren't any railways and the roads have a reputation for being underdeveloped.
The country enjoys a cool temperature climate, with warm summers and fairly mild winters. Iceland is a Nordic island country in northern Europe between the mainland and Greenland in the North Atlantic Ocean and just below the Arctic Circle. And it is Europe's second largest island after Great Britain . With a population of approximately 313,000, Iceland is the least populous of the Nordic countries, the second smallest.

In spite of its latitude, Iceland enjoys a relatively temperate climate and offers a comfortable habitat for its people as well as its vegetation, livestock and wildlife. Iceland was first populated in 874 by a few enterprising Norwegians who settled there permanently.



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