Unique nature of Iceland remains its signature landmark. Volcanic landscapes, mountain rivers and lakes, hot springs and waterfalls make the country look truly unusual and unforgettable. However, Iceland is rich not only in wonderful nature as there are as well many landmarks there. The best way to start your acquaintance with the historic heritage of the country is to visit its capital, the city of Reykjavik.
The Parliament House and the building of the Government are among the most famous architectural landmarks of the city. Both the buildings were constructed in the 18th century. There are many old buildings in Reykjavik, but the majority were transformed into shops and restaurants, so a simple walk on the streets of the city will let you see many interesting buildings. Continue your excursion program by visiting the National Gallery of Iceland and National Museum that exhibit collections of mostly historic items. Don’t forget to visit Hallgrímskirkja Church. This is one of a few churches in Europe made in modern style. Fans of nature will be pleased to visit the local botanic garden.
Reykjavik suburbs are famous mostly thanks to interesting nature places. A trip to Esja Volcano is very popular with tourists. The slopes of the volcano are flat, so one doesn’t need to be an alpinist to climb up. The Hengil region is home to one more prominent landmark – the big valley of geysers. There are several big pools in the valley. Iceland is a country of geysers, there are more than 7 thousand hot springs there, and the majority of these springs have been combined into special fields. Haudakalur, which is located on the south of Iceland, is the largest geyser field in the country.
Travellers are also recommended to visit the geothermal lake “Blue Lagoon”, which is located on Reykjanes Peninsula. The temperature in the lake never falls below +16C, and because of high content of salt and minerals the water in the lake has a specific blue colour. When it comes to describing nature attractions of Iceland, we simply cannot fail to mention wonderful waterfalls. The most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland are Gullfoss, Godafoss, Skougarfoss, Dettifoss, and Haifoss. A visit to the main volcanoes of the country – Hekla, Laki and Helgafell – will be no less interesting. Many sleeping volcanoes can be found on Surtsey Island, which has become very popular with local fans of fishing. Grimsey Island is famous for its wild nature and rich fauna. The island can be reached by ferry.
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