Are you missing out adventure and wildness from your life then prepare to explore Iceland. Iceland is a Norden country, here the word Norden means the particular countries whose location is near the North Atlantic or Northern Europe. There are several other countries which come under the Norden territory. Iceland has always been a spot for tourist because of its geographical position, stunning location and scenic beauty. There are several places to visit in Iceland which are considered as a heaven for tourists. Iceland is a place which always manages its spot into the bucket list of a traveller.
Iceland is a very small country with the approx territory of 1,00,000 sq km. Even the population is too low because the country is listed as an active volcanic zone. The formation of this island took place in the 9th century, from thereon the governance has been transferred to many legislatures. Even after a big economic crisis in 2008, the country still manages to power its economy and sustain its tourism aspect. Still, it is the only country which stands in the first position in terms of renewable energy. Relating to its limited population and low geographical territory it manages renewable energy in a good manner.
Generally, the climatic condition is a bit on the cold side because of its location near to an arctic circle. The north portion of Iceland is classified as colder than the south portion. The south portion is more on the warmer side. However, the country scores higher on the volcano aspect also. The number of active volcanoes is around 30 and there are hundreds of other volcanoes that are dormant for now. Due to volcanic eruption, there are around 30 small islands inside Iceland and now they are a part of Iceland. These dormant volcanoes, small islands somehow makes the country a perfect place for those who love to see the beauty of nature, landscapes and gorgeous places.
So let’s get prepare for the adventure and explore some best places to visit in Iceland:
THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
One of the best things to see and do in Iceland is to witness the magic of Northern Lights aka Aurora Borealis. To watch this natural phenomenon is a treat. You can easily watch it with your naked eyes. You don’t need any sort of lens or other instruments. Tourist from all over the globe visits Iceland just to witness this natural occurrence. The beauty of Northern Lights gets enhanced when it comes out from the dark and clear sky.
The only necessary thing is the season. From the month of September to April this light show can be viewed. There is no specific region or place where this light shows up, it entirely depends on the climatic condition, you have to hunt down the place. However, do consider visiting the place.
VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK
Next in the list is the Vatnajökull National Park, it is the biggest park in Iceland. One of the biggest quality of this National Park is that it is associated as a World Heritage Site. You will experience some spectacular landscapes which are crafted through volcanic eruptions. You will witness great plateau, rivers, valleys and numerous mountains.
The Vatnajökull glacier is also a good option to see and appreciate some amazing natural structures. Vatnajökull National Park is spread over an area of 14,000 sq km and it covers almost 13% of the country. You will also notice a giant cave and a huge waterfall. Most of the area of this National Park has emerged from volcanic eruptions.
ÞINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK
There are three most famous National Parks and believe me they are the best places to visit in Iceland. The first National Park is the Vatnajökull National Park second is the Þingvellir and the third is the Snæfellsjökull National Park. These are some really brilliant tourist spot in the country. All these National Parks are very well protected. Even this Þingvellir National Park is home to one of the most ancient parliament which was ever existed in the history of mankind.
In the period of 930 A.D., the first parliament was held up here. Almannagjá canyon, Silfra canyon, Flosagja canyon and Öxarárfoss waterfall is some of the most famous sightseeings of Iceland. Due to its cultural heritage and astonishing beauty, the Þingvellir National Park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
SNÆFELLSJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK
The third and the last National Park of Iceland is the Snæfellsjökull National Park. It is the only National Park of the country whose border extends till the sea. However, it is one of the very first National Parks of the country. The Snæfellsjökull National Park has started its limit from the top of the mountain and to the sea. One of the key attraction is the Snæfellsjökull Glacier and the Stratovolcano.
According to the documents this Snæfellsjökull Glacier is of 7,00,000 years old. It can be easily seen from many cities of Iceland. The Stratovolcano is around 1,446 meters above the sea-level and this volcano was mentioned in one of the famous novels by Jules Vernes. It is an excellent place for exploring the coastline, ocean, and other several opportunities in a form of adventure travel.
Many of you who loves adventure knows about the experience of finding caves and exploring it. Cave exploring is such a cool activity. However, 90% of the caves around the world are found in forest or desert-like places but have you ever experienced exploring an ice cave. Only Iceland gives the facility to explore an ice-cave. There are many caves in Iceland which are completely turned into an ice-cave. This transformation is only possible because of the volcanic eruption and formation of land from its lava.
As the climatic condition of the country is mostly cryogenic, due to which the temperature goes ultra-low in particular seasons. The government has opened few ice caves for the tourist one is the Leiðarendi Cave and other is Gjábakkahellir Cave. These are only caves where you enter a magma chamber without any special protection. Some volcanoes are 4,000 years old and the caves underneath are massive. One should visit these caves, its an amazing experience.
In this day and age, everyone takes very good care of themselves by maintaining complete hygiene in all parameters. The first parameter for good hygiene is taking a bath. In our daily life, we take steam baths so that our body must get relaxed. How about taking this to a new level, the Geothermal pools is the new option for all the tourist and the local peoples of Iceland. These are the natural pools of hot water where you can relax and enjoy a complete natural steam bath in an open environment.
The people of Iceland regularly go for this public bath. In Iceland this is sort of a culture now, many health benefits are also associated with it. The people and the authorities take complete care and maintain cleanliness and purity around the pool. Some popular Geothermal pools are Blue Lagoon, Landmannalaugar, Myvatn Nature Baths and Seljavallalaug.
Iceland gives you ample amount of time to enjoy this beautiful ride. You can enjoy several aquatic animals like Whale, Dolphin, etc. From the month of April to September you can view these marine species. The facility of boat and cruize is provided by the local government. All these facilities are available for all visitors and most of the ports are always heavily packed due to Whale watching facility.
The town Húsavík is the most famous spot for this activity. This activity also depends on the season and the climatic condition. Thus you should always consider the accurate timing for this activity. It’s a lifetime experience one should not miss this exercise.
Iceland is not only famous for its stunning landscapes, natural resources or 100% reusable energy but at the same time, the country has so much to offer for its people in terms of festivals, music fest and culture. Here festivals and music concerts are happening all year round. It is correct to say that people of Iceland are quite lucky as they are gifted with an amazing environment as well as cultural festivals and concerts.
You can visit anytime from January to December, you will be lucky to attend some sort of festival like The Colour Rum, Reykjavik winter light festival, The Night of Lights and many more.
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In the end
After reading and viewing the images of this astonishing country, you must be convinced that Iceland is a brilliant choice for spending your entire vacation week. From Whales to Waterfall and from Northern Lights to Festival Lights, you can choose any one and believe me you will not be disappointed. Thus for more travel-related updates do visit trip limited.
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