Iceland – Land Of Fire and Ice


Whoever visited Iceland, in his memory remains the popular “Golden Circle” which emphasize their visit to Strokkur geyser and waterfall Gullfoss, which are equally stunning during winter and summer.Tourist season in Iceland is concentrated in mid-June to August, but many Icelanders were assured that tourists who decide to visit their country during this period do not know what they are missing out during the rest of the year. Iceland offers a lot in the spring, fall and even winter, and prices are dramatically lower than in summer. Particularly passionate is their Christmas celebrations, and Aurora Borealis which is extremely picturesque in winter. As a major tourist destination of Iceland off-season is the capital of Reykjavik, which is an excellent combination of culture and nightlife, and tourists are offered many activities such as horseback riding, sledding and visiting the famous resorts.

During the tourist season, the most popular are the many natural wonders that come up the road, is closed from October to mid-May, and some even up to early July. Frequent precipitation starting in September and did not stop until February deter many tourists from winter adventure in Iceland. In Reykjavik during the summer months some cultural institutions (theaters and opera) closed, but the majority of museums outside the capital city of Iceland opened just only in those months.
Light in Iceland affects people
The number of hours of daylight can have unexpected physical and emotional effect on tourists, they find that they have at least once seen Island. In early summer is never complete darkness and the sun remains low on the horizon, creating a play of colors and shadows. In spring and autumn days are about the same as on the European continent. Days of mid-winter have only four or five hours of sunlight. All these changes are even more extreme in the northern part of the country.
Even 70 percent of Icelanders live in the capital city of Reykjavik, and the rest are scattered around the circumference of the earth. Tour right here and starts, and continues to be about 100 kilometers from the capital. Hence the visitor literally takes your breath over what nature has done. The first attraction is the so-called Golden Circle, the famous tourist route and a national park. There is a famous geyser, which has made this a natural phenomenon and its name! Although it eventually shuts down, the surrounding smaller geysers and continues to attract visitors, because the eruptions occur every twenty minutes
Unstable weather
Island is located south of the Arctic Circle, but thanks to the Gulf Stream, temperatures are very pleasant in summer and very mild in winter. However, the weather was unusually unstable. The sky is often cloudy and fog, wind and rain are considered to be normal. Rainfall is usually from October to February, but at least there in May and June.
Reykjavik and surroundings
The capital of Iceland is the only place in the country that is vibrant throughout the year. Cultural activities and night life shows no signs of fatigue in the winter. The town is alive and heartwarming during the Christmas season. Every weekend, starting from the end of November, in the neighboring town of Hafnarfjordur, built right little village with stalls, viljenacima and numerous choirs.
Whoever visited Iceland in particular his memory remains popular “Golden Circle” which stand out above all visit Strokkur geyser and waterfall Gullfoss, which are equally stunning in winter and summer.
Many travel agencies offer “northern lights” in search of the Aurora Borealis.
Island outside Reykjavik
Outside of Reykjavik in Iceland are extremely popular two regions – West Island and Lake Myvatn-Krafla caldera in the north. In the west wonderful varied landscape Snaefellsnes peninsula provides the perfect vacation all year round. Isajordur, the largest city in the western part of the Island.
The northern city of Akureyri should be set aside in the immediate vicinity is the best ski resort in the country Hlidarfjall.
Thingvellir National Park
National Park, which is under protection of UNESCO is particularly interesting because it is located between the North American and European continental shelf plates making it very torn.

Near the waterfall Gulfoss that captivates perfectly green, almost fluorescent dye, as well as the extinct volcano crater Kerid, characterized by its red rocks, whose bottom is filled with water.

Those who dare at this time should know that these few tourist points just a basic guideline. Unforgettable moments occur in the run entirely mountainous and desert roads, which is only slightly above and Jeep. While passengers truck for several hours, the environment is furrowed by steep cliffs which once upon a time came the sea, from which smaller waterfalls flowing.

I Reykjavik is the opposite of a typical European city. Low buildings and houses painted in blue, yellow, ocher, one way streets, traffic minimalism – it’s the capital of Iceland! For it is said to be trapped in the twenties of the last century, so even residents cherish the romantic look, which has nothing to do with modern dress.

“Walk” by glacier
Icelandic volcanoes might cause chaos in air traffic, but they are certainly right Turistico attraction Iceland. Every year a large number of visitors attracted to the base Eyjafjallajokul volcano, whose name is barely pronounced, but they left the scene without words.

In addition to those who come to see them from a distance, are organized and tourist trips by glaciers, which are located close to the surface of the volcano. These tours stop around 250 euros.

Blue Lagoon
Anyone who visited the Island needs to experience the contrast of ice and fire. So the Icelanders from geothermal water that is normally up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, made a real tourist boom and spa.
Chilled water, which passes through the tube and whose temperature dropped to 30-40 degrees, they are used to middle of the field, not far from Reykjavik, make a spa-center open. At issue is a must-see tourist attraction – the Blue Lagoon. The water is thick, white and difficult to navigate through it. So, tourists have the opportunity to swim at a temperature of 40 degrees, while the outside only 10 above zero.

Author Kristinsson Th.

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