Iceland is a small island country in the North Atlantic with a population around 350,000 it is one of the most sparsely populated nations in Europe.
The capital and largest city is Reykjavik while two thirds of the islanders live in the southwest corner of the island.
Read on to discover some of the biggest attractions in Iceland.
This is an overflow from a geothermal power plant that has become one of the biggest attractions in Iceland. The steaming waters contain soothing qualities and you can eat at the poolside restaurant or grab a drink from the bar while remaining in the pool. It is located close to the country’s main international airport and is a popular location for post or pre flight relaxation.
One of the most prominent sights in Reykjavik, this church sits at the top of the city’s highest point. It was Iceland’s first attempt at a unique, nationalist structure and is so different from the quirky small churches you will find around the country.
The history of Iceland is documented in a collection of Sagas, you can purchase these at bookshops across the country. The Settlement Centre in Borgarnes tells you these stories in audio – saving you having to carry the sagas home with you. The museum is the brainchild of two of Iceland’s actors and you can go here to learn stories such as the anti-hero Egill Skallagrimsson (he was a Viking poet and notorious warrior).
This remote village set at the end of a fjord in the east of the island is a haven for artists drawn here for the surrounding beauty and tranquility. You will first view the town from above as you descend along the hairpins that the road is set on for the steep journey into this valley. Once here you can go kayaking along the fjord, listen to concerts in the blue coloured church, watch puffins on the nearby cliffs and view the galleries of local artists.
This is the site of the world’s first ever parliament which was in place around 900AD. Nothing remains of the original settlement but what you will find amazing is the rift valley itself. Iceland sits on two continental plates that are slowly moving away from each other. There is clear evidence all around you that Iceland is slowly being ripped apart. The fissures that have been formed contain crystal clear water. You can go scuba diving into these fissures with a guide.
Known also as Thor’s Woods, it is considered to be the most beautiful place on the island. It is sheltered by the surrounding glaciers to leave a fertile valley. It is also home to the 49 mile Laugavegurinn Trail, a famous hiking route and the longest in Iceland.
The capital of whale watching in Iceland is in the northern town of Husavik, there is also a museum dedicated to whales and excellent offshore trips to watch whales from possibly the best location in the world to see Humpback Whales.
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