From awe-inspiring glaciers to geothermal springs and active volcanoes Iceland is a place where nature always takes center stage even in the nation’s lively capital of Reykjavik views of the city and nearby mountains steal the show isolated from the rest of Europe for centuries this land of fire and ice has a unique cultural heritage of literature and music that you’ll find captivating too illuminated by the northern lights in the winter and the midnight sun in the summer Iceland shines in any season offering you a travel experience unlike anywhere else.
On the planet Number ten black sand beach very dramatic and distinctive reins viagra beach on the south coast of Iceland is one of the most famous black sand beaches on earth located next to the sleepy fishing village of VIC the unique looking beach was formed over millennia by fierce waves pulverizing the volcanic coastline in addition to its distinctive color the beach is also renowned for the amazing basalt columns that lie at one end of it and the arresting rock formations dotted offshore having featured in both games of thrones and star wars black sand beach earns its place amongst the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Number nine geisier the hot spring that is the namesake for all geysers in the world is also one of the most popular stops in Iceland eruptions at Geysir can hurl boiling water up to 70 meters in the air eruptions may be infrequent however and have in the past stopped altogether for years at a time at the moment gay seer erupts around three times per day the nearby geyser stroker erupts more frequently than Chester erupting to heights of up to 30 meters every few minutes.
Number eight Reykjavik spread out over a peninsula in southwest Iceland Reykjavik covers a surprisingly large area for capital with a population of around 120 000 most visits begin at the visitor center located near the picturesque lake Tiernan on the city’s west side filled with exhibits recounting Iceland’s Viking heritage the national and soccer museums are must-see attractions for a panoramic view of the capital ride the lift to the observation deck on the modernistic hall grim church east of the lake.
Number seven land mana lager located within the fallback nature reserve in Iceland’s interior islands lend manalaugar is best known for its scenic hiking trails situated at the edge of a lava field the flat and easily traversed region is famous for its natural hot springs as well popular treks include short hikes through the lava fields and climbs up the nearby ryo-light mountains that ridge the graveled plains tour companies make regular day trips to the region during the high season and rudimentary accommodations are available for overnight stays at the site as well.
Number six ding veller national park as the place where Iceland’s parliament was established in the 10th century Singh velir national park has great historic importance to the island nation its location in a rift valley on the boundary of two major tectonic plates makes it a park with geological significance too surrounded by mountains on three sides the valley’s cliffs lakes and evidence of volcanic activity demonstrate the force of the shifting earth dramatically a popular day trip destination from Reykjavik Iceland’s first national park features marked trails that let you take in the best sights in two or three hours.
Number five motivated formed thousands of years ago by a river of hot lava meevatan is a great place to go birdwatching more than 100 species frequent this lake to feast on the midges that give me vain its name shaped by volcanic eruptions spouting up through the water the so-called pseudo-craters that dominate the landscape attracts visitors as well the best place to visit the craters is on the lake’s south shore near a rural community a forest of pillars caves and rock formations created as the water drained away are on display at the lava fields east of devotion.
Number Four jokulsarlen few travel experiences in Iceland are more memorable than the sight and sound of an iceberg breaking off a glacier and crashing into the sea the best place to witness this display of nature’s power is at the yokosalan glacier lagoon located in southeast Iceland this iceberg dotted lake was formed by the melting ice of a huge glacier which is a major attraction in its own right while you can view the lake with its slow-moving floating icebergs from the island’s ring road nothing compares to seeing them up close from the deck of a tour boat.
Number three Gullfoss as it lies in a hidden colossal crevice that cuts through the otherwise barren Icelandic landscape the sheer size and scale of Gullfoss only become apparent the nearer you approach once you reach the cliff edge however you’ll find that the coursing cascades and enormous falls have the highest volume in the whole of Europe lying almost at right angles to one another the two sets of falls make for an epic sight and its gushing roar provides the perfect soundtrack to the dramatic surroundings meaning golden falls golf is so named due to the color of its waters that shimmer seductively in the sun.
Number two blue lagoon located on a peninsula less than an hour’s ride from Reykjavik the blue lagoon is Iceland’s most popular tourist destination this man-made lake is fed by superheated seawater vented from a nearby lava flow the geothermal waters contain minerals like silica believed to have health benefits but it’s the chance to relax in a steaming lagoon surrounded by black lava rocks that most attracts visitors in addition to a restaurant that overlooks the lagoon a 35 room resort features an array of pampered amenities including spa treatments saunas and steam baths.
Number one Ratna your national park home to the largest glacier in Europe the Patna yokel national park is so vast it encompasses around 14 percent of the country divided into four separately managed territories the park’s most frequently visited section is the southern territory of skuftafel where trails lead you past blue-tinted glacier tongues and waterfalls hardy adventurers can climb the Patna Yoko glacier or explore a long row of volcanic craters the park has a wealth of easily accessible features too including the powerful detox a waterfall famous for the sheer volume of water that cascades over its rim.