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One of the youngest landmasses to be formed, Iceland is believed to be 25 million years old. This explains its many active volcanoes while the Surtsey Island near Iceland is the world’s newest island entrant, created from a volcanic eruption in 1963.
With about 80% of Iceland uninhabited, this island country is a trove of varied geographic features, such as, mountain peaks, highlands, plateaus, deep fjords, glaciers, valleys and fertile terrain. Popular for its geysers, fjords, waterfalls and the stunning Aurora Borealis, Iceland is fast catching up to as one of the most loved tourist destinations of the world
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- For anyone visiting Iceland, Reykjavik is the first stop destination before heading off into the other exciting areas of the country. Reykjavik is a throbbing mix of the old and new, of history and modernism and of being a capital yet a small town abode. It is not too big and almost all the attractions within the city can be explored on foot or bicycle. The café loving culture and people, enjoying taking their coffee very seriously, and you will find interesting conversations brewing up in the next door cafes. The square in front of the Parliament, Austurvollur is the gathering point for the locals on warm sunny days. Stroll along the Laugavegur for shopping and cafes, and pay a visit to the National Gallery, Reykjavik Art Museum, Vikin Maritime Museum, Arctic Photo and more to soak in the fascinating arts and cultures of Iceland. The Icelander’s are music lovers and it is no surprise to see the city alive at night, with shows, concerts and live performances.
- The Seyoisfjorour village in eastern Iceland is a great hub for artistic festivals and history. The museum on painter Johannes Sveinsson Kjarval is located in this home place, Borgarfjorour. The mighty and Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull Glacier is located in east Iceland.
- For nature lovers, western Iceland is full of surprises. Home to most beautiful waterfalls, fjords, valleys, craters, glaciers and geothermal baths. Glymur the highest waterfall in Iceland is an hour away from Reykjavik. Popular hikes are carried out in Akranes and Hvalfjorour, whereas a visit to the man-made hot bath at Reykholt will relax your mind and body.
- Snaefellsjokull National Park – This splendid wildlife park stretches up to the sea and the volcano mountain by the same name is situated inside the park. The Snaefellsjokull Glacier will inspire you, as it has many in the past. Fishing is still the principle occupation of the villages around the Park.
- Westjords , the area located in northwestern Iceland is a land of untouched, unadulterated landscapes. Touted as one of the must see sites for serious explorers, this area is also home to the Arctic Fox and a large variety of bird species. Latrabjarg, the westernmost area of Europe shelters an amazing array of avian species. The Dynjandi waterfalls are another mesmerizing attraction that pulls travellers towards its enthralling beauty. The culture of this region is a reflection on the people’s dependency on the ocean and is reflected in their cuisine and folklore. Find museums here on witchcraft, monsters, sorcery as you watch this natural wildlife habitat gently mixed with a unique culture and myths.
- The Golden Circle that connects Gullfloss, Geysir and Pingvellir is a famous tourist pivot for its breathtaking landscapes. The Skogafoss waterfall, Vatnajokull Glacier and Jokulsarlon lagoon are some of the other popular attractions around this area.
- Akureyi the next largest city after Reykjavik is located in northern Iceland is an elegant city, with its symbolic wooden houses and rich history and culture. As one moves north, the mid night sun plays its magical tricks and makes the hours of sunlight and night time vary accordingly. The Husavik Whale Museum and the Seal Center at Hvammstangi are the few other tourist spots around the city.
- The Vatnajokull National Park is situated in the Asbyrgi Canyon and the Dettifloss waterfall is a beautiful cascade around this area. Located close by the Lake Myvatn and surrounding wetlands are home to a number of varied bird species.
- Reykjanes is the one region that cannot be missed by any traveller. This geothermal fascination is also where a number of lighthouses are found. In fact, it is estimated that the number of lighthouses outnumber the villages here. The landscape provides for craters, caves, lava fields and the famous Blue Lagoon. The peninsular region is also known for its museums, churches, restaurants and festivals.
- The center of island is a highland region and was not till recently accessible. Only after the mountain roads of Kjolur and Sprengisandur is this rugged topography traversable. The Landmannalaugar is a famous geothermal area here. The Porsmork reserve acts a base for trekkers who want to trail the highlands. This area, however, needs cautious and respectful trekking, since the landscape is highly varied and unpredictable.
- And of course, one of the main reasons why Iceland is most popular for are the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. The absolute strikingly glorious natural phenomenon takes place during winters. The locations to visit to sight the lights vary from day to day, depending on the unpredictable Icelandic weather.