Iceland is an island near the Arctic Circle known worldwide for its extraordinary natural landscapes. Its impressive beauty lies in its spectacular landscapes of gigantic geysers, volcanoes and northern lights. All this makes this island a paradise worth visiting.
The capital of Iceland and its surroundings
The capital of Iceland, Reykjavik will surely be your first stop in this country. Do you want to know some of the attractions it offers?
The capital of the country is famous for its hot springs. In the so-called Heiti Potturinn or Hot Baths there are medicinal pools that reach temperatures above 40 degrees. There the tourist has the opportunity to participate in the custom that dates from the Viking era to enjoy the purifying pleasure of the hot springs.Blue Lagoon - Pyty
But if you want to enjoy an impressive place you will have to travel a few kilometers until you reachthe Blue Lagoon, an imposing natural spa emerged spontaneously in the middle of the lava. It is one of the most visited spas in the country.
The metropolis also has a great cultural life. Its streets exhibit such interesting spaces as the Perlan building, located in one of the highest hills in the city and which houses many cultural activities of all kinds.Perlan building in Reykjavik - oriontrail
These are old hot water tanks on which a striking rose hemispherical frame, whose interior is frequently used as an exhibition space. Its last floor houses a revolving restaurant and has a panoramic viewpoint that offers a beautiful view of the entire city.
Reykjavik is a small city if we compare it with other European capitals, so it is advisable to walk its streets on foot.
Lake Tjörn is located in the heart of the urban and historical center. Enjoying a pleasant walk along the shore of this lake allows you to admire one of its most typical images, the peculiar ones colored houses that surround it.Reykjavic - Tupungato
In its vicinity are the town hall and the National Gallery, which houses a great collection of Icelandic art, as well as traditional pieces from past eras.
Natural parks in Iceland
If there is something wonderful in Iceland, its incredible landscapes: glaciers, impressive waterfalls, volcanoes, ice deserts ... Let's meet some of these fantastic placesIceland - TTstudio
Thingvellir National Park
In the southwestern part of Iceland, located just above the fracture between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, is the Thingvellir. This park, which houses a beautiful lake with turquoise waters where numerous endemic aquatic species are housed, is considered a World Heritage Site by Unesco.Thingvellir National Park - Aivolie
In addition to its geological interest, it has a deep historical significance. Here the first meetings of the Icelandic parliament were held centuries ago, the oldest one on record.
Vatnajökull National Park
Its name comes from the impressive glacier that covers much of the park's surface. It is the largest expanse of ice in the country and one of the largest in Europe.Vatnajökull - J. Helgason / Shutterstock.com
The average ice depth here is no less than 400 meters. But what is most surprising is that underneath the volcanic activity remains alive.
The enormity of this waterfall can not fail to surprise. It is considered to be the largest in Europe And it's really spectacular.Gullfoss - Simon Dannhauer / Shutterstock.com
It is a waterfall that is precipitated by a deep failure arisen from the movement of tectonic plates. In this way it gives the feeling that water disappears in the bowels of the earth.
Actually Gullfoss are two falls. The first one is three jumps several meters high in the form of steps. Later the water precipitates from a height of 21 meters. A stunning and beautiful landscape by the rainbow that form the raindrops that escape from the waterfall.
"In all his most beautiful dreams, man has never known how to invent anything that is more beautiful than nature."
-Alphonse de Lamartine-
Iceland is a magical country where you can contemplate stunning landscapes and where, in addition, you can enjoy the most relaxing activities. A good destination for an unforgettable vacation.