Things to do in Iceland

| June 20, 2020

Things to do in Iceland

A land of amazing contrasts, Iceland offers everything from ancient Viking ruins to soaring volcanoes and awe-inspiring glaciers, as well as being a fantastic place to witness the magical Northern Lights and Midnight Sun. Visitors can choose from a range of cultural activities and then experience the thrill of a snow mobile ride during the height of summer, before relaxing in one of Reykjavik’s chic restaurants for dinner.

South-west & West

Encompassing the capital Reykjavik, south-west Iceland incorporates some of the country’s most dramatic scenery and important historical sites. From the lava fields of the Reykjanes peninsula, where the Blue Lagoon is located, to Thingvellir National Park, site of the world’s oldest existing parliament, nowhere else are the country’s two main elements of history and land so intertwined. Thingvellir is part of the so-called Golden Circle, which also incorporates the impressive Geyser, and beautiful Gullfoss waterfalls.

Just north of the national park lies Hvalfjordur, or ‘Whale Fjord’. At 30km long and 5km wide, it is the longest fjord in south-west Iceland. The magical Snaefellsnes peninsula is just a little further north from here. Known as an area of outstanding natural scenery, it is often referred to as ‘Iceland in miniature’ because so many national sites can be found concentrated here in one area.

The South Coast

Dominated by the brooding Mount Hekla, Iceland’s most active volcano, and the towering ice-capped peaks of the Eyjafjallajokull and Mýrdalsjokull volcanoes, the country’s south coast is dotted with small villages and fertile farmland. Fringed by the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogarfoss, the road travels east hugging the coastline before reaching Vik i Myrdal, a charming small village surrounded by beautiful high cliffs.

Located just off the coast lie the Westman Islands, of which Heimaey is the only one inhabited. Sometimes referred to as Iceland’s ‘Pompeii of the North’, the island withstood a volcanic eruption in 1973, but it destroyed parts of the old town, covering cottages in lava, which today are surrounded by a museum.
Share: [Sassy_Social_Share]

Comment on this article

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *