With its completely unique landscapes, Iceland is a mecca for nature lovers. You will find geysers, lagoons, waterfalls, glaciers and volcanoes. In the winter you can see the Northern Lights. The animal kingdom also attracts tourists, in Iceland you can go whale watching and watch the rare puffin. The small, cool capital Reykjavík is modern and chock-full of nice bars. But which sights must you have seen during your visit to Iceland?
In the northernmost capital of Europe you will start your journey through Iceland in a unique way. In which other city can you spot whales, find yourself at the end of the world while enjoying a good coffee in a hip and creative place? Visit the Hallgrimskirkja church. From the tower of this striking point in the city, you have a special view of the whole of Reykjavik.
A well-known tourist attraction in Iceland is the Blue Lagoon. Here you can completely relax and be at one with nature. The Blue Lagoon is an artificial lake. Because of its location in a lava field, the lake is heated in a natural way. The geothermal bath is used for tourists to relax completely. The steam comes from the water while you immerse yourself in the middle of nature. But there's more. It is said that the water has a healing effect. This is due to the many minerals that the water contains. These minerals could cure various skin diseases, such as psoriasis. Even as a normal tourist you can enjoy the warm water that has a temperature of around 39 degrees. The Icelandic landscape in the background makes it complete.
The most visited tourist attractions around the capital Reykjavik are also called the 'Golden Circle'. The Gullfoss waterfall is part of this. Gullfoss is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country. The water comes down in two stages. In total it collapses 32 meters down, into a gap. The beauty of the waterfall was immediately recognized by the namesake. Gullfoss is translated into 'golden waterfall' in English. When you stand at the waterfall, you see a spectacular natural phenomenon. The rugged terrain around the waterfall completes the rugged landscape. This is the real Iceland.
When you think of Iceland, you think of the land of the geysers. This natural phenomenon is characteristic of the nature of Iceland. If you want to visit this place, the name giver should definitely not be skipped: the Geysir. When the geyser is not active, it only looks like a hole filled with hot water. But we don't see what is happening underground. When the geyser becomes active, the water mass starts to bubble and sprays it up like a fountain. Only the power of a geyser's water is much stronger. The Geysir is located in the highly active, geothermal area. The area with geysers also falls under the 'Golden Circle'. An active geyser is on the program of every tourist in Iceland.
Iceland has a large number of waterfalls. The Dettifoss waterfall is located in northeastern Iceland. This is the most powerful waterfall in the country. But not only that: it is also the most powerful waterfall in the whole of Europe. With a height of 44 meters and a width of more than 100 meters, it is an impressive water stream that is falling down. The noise is deafening when you try to grasp the power of the water from the side.
Thingvellir National Park
Iceland is rich in nature in all kinds of species. It is therefore not surprising that it has three national parks. Thingvellir is one of them. It was given the status of national park in 1928. Thingvellir also belongs to the so-called 'Golden Circle'. The park not only has a special nature, it is also an important place for history. The first parliament met here in 930. This historic place cannot be missed when visiting Thingvellir. But of course you also go to the national park for the great diversity of nature. You come across special plants and animal species. It is no surprise that the Thingvellir National Park has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2004.
The Jökulsárlón ice lake is the largest and most famous glacier lake in Iceland and is one of the greatest natural wonders of the island. The ice lake is located next to the Skaftafell National Park in southeastern Iceland and is close to the Atlantic Ocean. The lake is scattered with small and large icebergs floating in the water.