Glaciers, hot springs, volcanoes, and a multitude of colors make Iceland one of the most interesting places to visit in the whole world.
First thing to know - it's a country in "Europe" and I say this because it really seems like an Island caught between America and Europe. It looks closer to Greenland than any other stretch of land and though Greenland is greatly considered European in terms of politics, geographically it is part of the American continent. Enough of that, you're here to know what's cool about Iceland, where to go, what's there to see, and stuff like that, so following that train of thought, here it is:
1. Ring Road
Route 1 (affectionately called "the ring road") is a road that connects most of inhabited Iceland. If you want to make the most out of your trip, rent a car, go on a road trip and drive a lap round the ring road. Stop, explore and experience every chance you get.
2. Blue Lagoon
It's one of Iceland's main attractions, and as weird as it may sound, one of Iceland's main attractions is a spa fed with water heated by the Svartsengi geothermal plant. Some say this attraction is too mainstream, but those are the kind of people that say that things are mainstream. If you've made the trip already, I guess you should give this a try. There'll be plenty of time to do the off-the-beaten-path stuff later, once you're low on cash. Reservations are encouraged.
Check it out here: http://www.bluelagoon.com/
Do you know what a fjord is? It’s a long, narrow inlet with steep sides or cliffs, created by glacial erosion. Iceland has lots of them.
You wanted an off-the-beaten-path thing to do? This is it. I read on Lonely Planet that only 10% of the people visiting Iceland have dedicated time to explore the Westfjords. It's that stretch of land above Blönduós (a small town you'll visit while going around the ring road) So take a nice long detour, because the Westfjords offer amazing landscapes. It's a very mountainous region; the coastline is heavily indented by dozens of fjords surrounded by steep hills. Worth the trip, worth the ride, worth the time.
On your journey through the ring road, when you reach Höfn, you'll want to take some time to admire Jökulsárlón, a glacier lagoon. Looking at glaciers might not sound like a lot, but once you get there, you'll get it. It's pretty amazing. You can spot volcanic ash on some of the glaciers and remember that with global warming, soon, there might be no icebergs anywhere, so you might wanna see them before they're gone. Take a picture, show it to your children or something. Maybe by the time they see it, the idea that icebergs were a naturally occurrence might sound surreal.
5. Vatnajökull National Park
The park features very different landscapes created by the combined forces or rivers, glacial ice, and volcanic activity. The park alone covers 14% of Iceland's territory, so it's pretty huge, in fact, after Russia's Yugid Va, it's the largest European national park. Being more specific, we recommend you visit Skaftafell, which is considered to be the main part of the national park.
We'd like to remind you that each year Reykjavik hosts the Secret Solstice Festival, so you might wanna time your visit accordingly in order to have that experience too.
Check it out here: http://secretsolstice.is/
That's it folks, while there are many more things to do, many more places to go and things to see, we'll leave it at that. Go to Iceland if you get the chance and let us know how it went.
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