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Iceland sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

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.
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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. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Iceland is a small northern country whose population is just about 340,000 people. However, the country's culture is unique and exceptional, which can …
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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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The formation of the first country at the site of present Iceland is primarily associated with King Harald I. When Norway was governed by the King, many families were not satisfied with his regime. They had to leave their houses and find new places for establishing settlements. Gradually, the settlers formed their state system first mentioned in 930.
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However, the new country didn’t manage to gain the complete independence from Norway. In 1262, Iceland signed a contract, according to which it had to recognize the supreme authority of Norwegian kings. Iceland became completely independent from Norway and Denmark in 1944, after hundred years of struggle.
Iceland is considered as an ideal country for active recreation due to its incomparable natural resources. During the warm season, one of the main travelers’ entertainments is hiking. Travelers have an opportunity to walk along unique volcanic areas, admire desert lunar landscapes and see craters of extinct volcanoes.
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In Iceland, there are beautiful forests, among which dense thickets swift rivers and waterfalls are hidden. Another interesting nature attractions are geysers. In summer, travelers can take an interesting boat trip and admire whales and dolphins. Anglers won’t be bored too, as they can take a trip to the most interesting places for the fishery.
reykjavik4 In recent years, spa tours available in any season became very popular in Iceland. There are also upscale thermal centers that formed near the springs of healing thermal waters. The guests of such wellness resorts are offered to swim in luxurious indoor pools and treat themselves to different spa procedures.
In Iceland, vibrant nightlife is concentrated in clubs and bars, which can be found not only in the capital. Cozy R5 Bar in Akureyri, the “northern …
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The country is visited by fans of extreme sports too. Rocks make Iceland quite attractive for climbers. Some natural areas have long been favored by hang-gliders. The Thingvellir National Park is the richest in nature attractions. You can see here magnificent lakes and geysers. There are also a lot of hiking routes starting from the territory of the park.
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Giant rifts in Iceland

From the series “Dangerous Faults and Rifts of Earth Crust”
Last years the researchers keep a close eye to the Iceland volcanoes. Earlier their power and dangerousness were underestimated. On the territory of the island, you can see several faults of the earth that has appeared after the movements of Eurasia and North American tectonic plates. The plates go from each other year by year for 7 mm. At the first glance, it seems not so crucial. However, for the last 10 000 years, the fault became bigger for 70 meters. If we put together these measures with the Earth age, these changes are drastically big.

Some scientists think that the main part of the fault is covered with glaciers. Their melt can become a reason for the increase of the fault. The overheated substance under the earth is covered with a huge amount of ice. If this ice melt and the … Read all

Northern Lights Bar

From the series “The Most Extraordinary Bars and Café on the Planet”
In Ireland there is an outstanding bar for people who want to watch the polar light. This bar is located in a picturesque place, near Reykjavik, among the endless lava fields in a futuristic building. In it you can also find a modern ION Hotel, that is very popular among people who want to get away from the noisy cities.

The main peculiarity of the bar is a high ceiling and panoramic windows instead of the walls. Nothing will bother you adoring the polar light. For the bar’s decoration there were used natural wood and glass. These materials make the decor natural and relaxing. The visitors can try not only popular cocktails but also national dishes, that are made from the home-made products. The bar has several furnished rooms for travelers, who want to stay for several days in this … Read all

Lagoon Bar

From the series “The Most Extraordinary Bars and Café on the Planet”
Not everyone knows about luxurious balneological health resort – Lagoon Bar. Life-giving thermae, that is located there, do not freeze even in winter. In that season they are like beautiful natural pools among the snow. Several years ago, a comfortable resort has been formed there. And one of the most unusual bars was opened here. According to enjoying the hydrotherapeutic procedures in a huge pool, you can try original cocktails and some chasers.

The usual uniform of the waitresses of the bar are original swimming suits. Girls are ready to bring the order to any part of the lagoon. In the bar you can try not only popular cocktails but also branded ice-cream, handmade baguette and a lot of other cunning snacks. For those, who want to do something after the water procedures the large … Read all
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Reykjavik
The house of Hövdi is an interesting architectural monument, as well. It was built in the early 20th century in the city's most sparsely populated area. The historic Art Nouveau building is marked by the residence of the famous Irish poet E. Benedikhtsson. In the second half of the 20th century, it was repeatedly used for important business meetings and contacts. The architectural monument is closed to the public, so tourists can enjoy only the appearance. The most important religious … Read more
Keflavik
Fans of rock will be interested in visiting the “Icelandic Rock and Roll Museum”, which offers visitors a very unusual exposition. There are several beautiful thematic installations, and collections of old records, musical instruments and even personal belongings of world famous artists can be seen. This museum is very popular among tourists with children, because it also has interactive exhibits. There is real equipment from the recording studio and everyone can learn how to work on it. … Read more

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