A Beautiful Landscape: Iceland and Charming Places for Travel

Iceland is known for the beautiful scenery offered by its nature, with impressive landscapes and a rich culture that places this country among the most fascinating in the world. Wherever you go there are striking glaciers, impressive waterfalls, lava fields, streams, huge fields covered in moss padding or natural hot springs.

1. Geological Zones: Thingvellir

Each season has its attractions to visit Iceland, such as its 24 hours of light throughout the summer, the northern lights that can be seen during the autumn and winter, the glacial caves and hot springs that can also be explored and enjoyed in winter.

The island has a spectacular fauna and flora, such as its pony-sized horses, which are very friendly as well as precious; its charming typical houses with the roof covered with grass and vegetation, its picturesque cities with colorful houses …

It is also a country that always manages to be among those that set trends for different reasons; the last one, the series “Game of Thrones” that has brought to the screens of the world some of its most incredible landscapes in several installments of this famous television series. There are areas where you will feel like “Narnia”.

From mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, glacier hiking, kayaking, rafting, caving, whale watching, bird watching, there are endless outdoor activities for everyone.

And if you like the night, Icelanders like to party and they have around 18 hours of darkness giving them plenty of opportunities to do so. Nightlife is active at all times of the year, and especially in late December when the holidays coincide. We now tell you 15 places in Iceland that you will love.

How to get there: There are flights to the capital of Iceland that depart from Barcelona, ​​Madrid, Bilbao, Alicante, Malaga … from low-cost airlines such as WOW, Vueling, Germanwings, Norwegian , making it easy to find tickets at an affordable price .

Accommodation: The country offers accommodation in unique places, such as the exceptional luxury hotel Ionic Iceland , but accommodation can be booked at very low prices .

Links of interest: Visit Reykjavik
Tourist Office in Adalstraeti 2, 101 Reykjavik The recommended thing to do on any route is to rent a 4X4. There are several options: one is offered on this page General information: Visit Iceland (in Spanish) Information about Akureyri

Parks: website of the Icelandic National Parks and the Hveravellir Nature Reserve

When to go: Although summer is the most popular time of tourism, winter is a good time to visit Iceland since you are going to enjoy a geothermal spa at its best and you can see one of the most incredible things on the planet, the Aurora borealis.

Icelandic tours are offered for various activities such as whale watching, deep sea fishing, ice climbing, jeep tours and visits to glaciers, horseback riding, kayaking, etc. Both for families and individual travelers. Some interesting agencies are: Iceland Travel or Glacier Guides . To see horses and do crossings: Íslenski hesturinn

Music: Björk is without a doubt the most famous singer in Iceland today, you can catch up on her music before traveling. But there are also other important artists, groups and bands, such as Ólafur Arnalds , Sigur Rós , Jónsi, Minus, Seabear, Leaves, Hjaltalín, Mammút and FM Belfast,

Cinema: There are many landscapes of Iceland that you can see in famous films such as: Vatnajökull, which appears in “Batman Begins”; Jökulsárlón in James Bond 007 “A view to kill” or “Die another day” and in “Lara Croft, Tomb Raider”. Dettifoss Waterfall, exits at Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. Svínafellsjökull, Skaftafell, Smyrlabjörg and Vík in Höfðabrekkuheiði are scenes from “Game of Thrones” and of course in the 2008 version of “Journey to the Center of the Earth” Snæfellsjökull appears.
Among the best-known films produced in Iceland we find the brilliant comedy ” 101 Reykjavík ” (2000), “Djúpið” (2012), “Of horses and men” (2013), “Reykjavík Rotterdam” (2008), “The marshes” ( 2006), “Hrútar” (2015) and “Hafið” (2002).

Books: Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and “Under the Glacier” by Icelandic writer Halldór Laxness.

Museums: The Lanexness House, the Nobel Prize for Literature, is in Gljúfrasteinn and is now a museum operated by the Icelandic Government.
Nordic House Cultural Center and Dill Restaurant , Sturlugata 5, 101 Reykjavík
National Museum of Iceland Suðurgötu 41, 101 Reykjavík
Árbær Open Air Museum in Kistuhyl 4, 110 Reykjavík
The National Falkland of Iceland (Spanish website here) in Laugavegur 116, 101 Reykjavik
there more interesting museum data at: Visit Reykjavik

2. Geological Zones: Skaftafell

The National Park Skaftafell is in the southeast of Iceland, is now included within the Vatnajokull National Park , founded in 2008, but Skaftafell is a protected area since 1967. Before inclusion in Vatnajökull, it was the second park largest in Iceland. It is where you can see spectacular basalt blocks. Svartifoss , or the Black Waterfall , in Skaftafell National Park is one of the most impressive landscapes in this area.

3. Glaciers: Vatna or Vatnajökull Glacier

Vatnajökull is the largest glacier area in Europe, covering about 150 km from east to west and about 100 km from north to south. They range from Skaftafjell to the Vatnajökull Glacier through Jökulsárgljúfur and the Lónsöræfi wasteland. Iceland started a project to conserve the nature of this region when it created the Vatnajökull National Park in 2008. It offers a unique landscape in the world and is also a key point for observing climatic phenomena.

There is ” Crystal Cove ” or the Crystal Cave . This cave is very blue, due to light filtering through dense glacial ice. It is quite large, and an absolutely beautiful place. The ice takes incredible shapes with large shapes that simulate waves in suspended animation, in a maze of interconnected frozen chambers that turn a luminous blue and fluorescent and red tones when lights are turned on inside or when the sun is rising in the Exterior. It is located near the Jokulsarlon and Skaftafell glacier lagoon in southern Iceland, at the base of the Svinafellsjokull glacier. The cave is difficult to access by normal car and can only be accessed in winter (from November to March).

Vatna
Crystal Cove

4. Glaciers: Mount Snaefells or Snaefellsjökull

Snaefellsjökull is at the western end of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. A mythical place and interesting point since it appears described in the novel “ Journey to the Center of the Earth ” by Jules Verne; It is where they went into the globe on the expedition described in the book. It is also described in the novel “ Under the Glacier ” by the Icelandic writer Halldór Laxness, Nobel Prize for Literature. On the way to this volcano-glacier are the Sönghellir caves

5. Glaciers: Jokulsarlon

Jokulsarlon , also called Breiðamerkurlón , is in southern Iceland and south of the Vatnajökull Glacier, between Skaftafell National Park and the city of Höfn. It is the largest glacial lake in Iceland and is full of icebergs that come detaching from the tongue of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, creating a spectacular and otherworldly landscape. Here you can take a truly unforgettable boat trip, which takes about an hour.

6. Lakes, Waterfalls and Geysers: Gullfoss

The Gullfoss Waterfall is one of the most spectacular: the waterfall breaks over the extensive Bardarladur lava field. Impressive at any time. It is located in the north of the country, at the start of the Sprengisandur Highland Highway, between the city of Akureyri and Lake Myvatn.

7. Northern Lights: Reykjanes

The Reykjanes peninsula is the most south-western point of Iceland. In Reykjanes there are many things to see and do: you can walk through lava fields, take a look at volcanic craters, see boiling hot springs and bubbling mud pools, and get into the experience of exploring the amazing landscapes of the peninsula . The Reykjanes peninsula is a good area and an ideal place to see northern lights . The volcanic landscape , which seems from another planet, makes seeing the Northern Lights even more fascinating.

Going down to Krisuvik, you can see the Ogmundarhraun lava fields, with their mud pools and natural hot springs ; In this area there is also the fabulous geothermal Blue Lagoon, Blue Lagoon, a Spa of which we will tell you more details below.

8. Geothermal Spa: Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon or Laguna Azul is the most famous geothermal spa in the country, is situated in the southwest of the island, on the peninsula of Keflavik, less than an hour from Reykjavik. The warm temperatures of these waters – which have various therapeutic benefits – can be enjoyed at any time of the year, even in winter. It receives thousands of tourists every year and it is a place to relax in mineral and algae-rich water, which give it that emerald hue.

Once inside Blue Lagoon there are several spaces and corners to enjoy the surroundings, such as a waterfall with corners to sit and under which you can stay as long as you want, receiving a very pleasant water massage. There are containers with silica mud, placed throughout the spa, to be used on the face skin, as a mask. It is an artificial lake that is fed by the waters of Svartsengi , 200 meters deep in the earth. If you don’t want to swim, you can take a walk in the lava field that surrounds the lagoon.

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