Top 10 Places to Visit and Things to Do in Iceland
Top 10 Published on 14/11/2011 08:00
1. Blue Lagoon
There are two associations that everybody makes hearing about the Blue Lagoon - the movie with Brook Shields and of course the most beautiful thermal spa resort in Iceland. Just like the island from the movie, the Blue Lagoon nearby the capital of Reykjavík is a gorgeous place, like a piece of paradise. The warm thermal water (37 - 39⁰C) of the spa Blue Lagoon is rich with minerals and is curable for some skin diseases. It is interesting to know that the lagoon is a lava formation and that the hot water is used not only for spa and medical procedures, but even for production of electricity! The Blue Lagoon is definitely one of the most visited places in Iceland!
2. Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik
While being in Reykjavik, it is absolutely a must to see Hallgrimskirkja (the church of Hallgrímur). It is a Lutheran church, which is famous for the beautiful architecture! The spectacular church is the largest temple and also the sixth tallest building in Iceland. It is famous for the organ, constructed by Johannes Klais, which is 15 meters tall and weighs 25 tons! The Hallgrimskirkja is used also and for observation tower, because of its height - from its top the visitors can enjoy the amazing beauty of the capital!
3. Strokkur Geyser
Located in the southwest part, near the river Hvítá, Strokkur Geyser, which has erupts every four to eight minutes, is one of the most famous geysers in Iceland. The maximum height of the geyser is about 40 meters! Its height and regularity of eruption make it a preferable place for all tourists and admirers of nature wonders. Strokkur is an attraction worth seeing!
4. Watch the Northern Lights
Most travellers plan their visit to Iceland in the period between September and April in order to be able to see the Northern Lights. This is an amazing view of the aurora, which is romantic, strange and absolutely incomparable! Many hotels and resorts are built specially to offer the visitors a good view of the colourful scene. The lights are a natural phenomenon, varying in shape, shade and colours, so no matter how many times one have witnessed this miracle, there is always more to be seen!
5. Go Whale Watching
All nature lovers will not miss the opportunity to have a trip from the Iceland coast and watch the whales! From Reykjavik there are various tours offering whale watching for the tourists. This is an adventure that no one would miss, especially if he knows the ancient legends about Scandinavian people and whales, which are extremely interesting! Having in mind that the whales are the largest animals on Earth, with dimensions up to 35 meters and 35 tons, they are a miracle worth seeing!
Skogafoss is one of the world's most famous waterfalls, and it is definitely a nature miracle worth seeing. The waterfall is located in the southern part of the country - it is about 25 meters wide, the water is falling from 60 meters and it is situated amongst green beautiful landscape. It is one of the most beautiful sights you can imagine. For all the tourists with hearts of adventurers will be interesting to hear the legend of a treasure hidden in the cave behind Skogafoss!
7. Perlan, Reykjavik
Perlan is an emblematic building for Reykjavik, Iceland. It is placed on the Öskjuhlíð hill, where tanks containing hot water were stored at first. The tanks were renewed and a hemispherical building was built over them in 1991. There are almost 10,000 cubic meters of exhibition space in Perlan, which makes it a preferable place for any kind of social and cultural events. There is the Winter Garden, which can take your breath away with its beauty, shopping area, viewing zones with telescopes, a museum... In two words, it is obligatory to see Perlan if you are in Reykjavik, because it is the heart of the city!
In the southwestern part of Iceland there is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in the world - Gullfoss! It comes from the Hvita River and is amazingly beautiful. At first sight it seems as if the water is just vanishing in the ground, but one the observer comes closer it reveals the beauty of the water falling like on two stages. The waterfall is attracting more and more tourists with its magnificence and mightiness!
9. Thingvellir National Park
Every year thousands of tourists visit Thingvellir National Park in the south-west part of Iceland! The park includes the lake Thingvallavatn, which is the largest natural lake in the country. Thingvellir is pronounced for a national park in 1930 and since then everybody can visit and admire this beautiful creation of nature. At the same time it is a place with great cultural and historical importance, as there is the site of the Parliament, which was established there in 930.
10. Videy Island and Imagine Peace Tower
The island of Videy is close to the Reykjavik harbour and is famous for Imagine Peace Tower, dedicated to John Lennon by his widow - Yoko Ono. It is a monument made of stone which projects a high "tower of light" (on a clear night it can reach 4,000 metres) and the words "Imagine Peace" are written on it in 24 different languages. The lights of the tower are lit on the following dates: 09 October - 08 December, 21 - 28 December, 31 December, 21 - 28 March. Apart from the Imagine Peace Tower, Videy is an interesting island, famous for the great variety of birds, hiking paths and interesting art works. It is very close to the capital and most of the tourists do not miss the possibility to visit it!
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