10 things to see in Iceland
Iceland is one of the most popular tourist destinations in recent years. On the one hand it is due to the appearance of low cost routes between Spain and Iceland and, on the other hand (probably the most important one), due to the appearance of its landscapes in television series and films such as Game of Thrones, Vikings or Journey to the center of the earth. If you also want to discover the land of ice and fire, write down these 10 essential things to see in Iceland.
1. Lake Tjörnin
Lake Tjörnin is in the center of Reykjavik, in the historic center. Surrounded by old wooden houses with many colors it is a natural estuary. A delight for skating when frozen in the winter season and home to different types of birds such as ducks, swans and geese. You can do a very nice tour around the lake.
2. Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon is a large geothermal spa where steamy waters settle on a lava formation. The temperature remains constant between 35-37 degrees. In addition to enjoying a bath in medicinal waters, it is also possible to enjoy various treatments and massages, buy products made with algae and mud from the area, or taste a typical meal in one of its restaurants.
3. The Golden Circle
The so-called Golden Circle is a route of about 300km that begins and ends in Reykjavik. This route runs through, among other places, the Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir fumaroles area and the Gullfoss waterfall. It can be a perfect excursion to do in one day or two if you want to enjoy more of the landscapes.
4. Skógafoss waterfall
The Skógafoss Waterfall is one of the most famous in the country. It is also one of the largest, it is 60 meters high and 25 meters wide. To the right of the waterfall there is a path that leads to the source for spectacular views.
5. Skaftafell National Park
Skaftafell National Park is located to the southeast of the island and on the way we go through lava fields until we reach this National Park. Once there we can take a 2.5km walk to visit the Svartifoss waterfall surrounded by basaltic columns or hire an excursion to the Vatnajökull glacier.
6. Jökulsárlón Lagoon
The Jökulsárlón Lagoon is located to the south of the Vatnajökull glacier. This impressive lagoon that has been formed in the last 60 years due to the retreat of the glacier and in it we can see huge icebergs floating and even seals swimming.
7. Dettifoss waterfall
Located within the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, the Dettifoss Waterfall is one of the largest waterfalls in Europe. Here the inordinate forces that have shaped the lands of Iceland are highlighted.
8. Lake Mývatn and surroundings
Lake Mývatn is located in the north of the island, immersed in a curious landscape of pseudocraters and lava formations since the area in which it is found has high volcanic activity. To the east of the lake rises the Hverfjall volcano which can be climbed to have wonderful views of the entire area.
9. Grjótagjá Cave
Very close to Lake Mývatn is Grjótagjá Cave, a volcanic rock cave with water heated by lava inside. At present the bath is not allowed since the lava is very close and causes that the temperature of the water can rise quickly.
10. Þjórsárdalur Valley
This valley in southwestern Iceland is nestled between pumice plains and lava fields. In it is the highest waterfall on the island, with 122 meters high, Háifoss. The Burfells forest in the surroundings is also one of the attractions of the area.
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November 2, 2020