Lake Mývatn Conservation Area
The Mývatn region was set aside as a special Conservation area in I974 and since then the area has become one of the top tourist attractions due to the selection of natural attractions in the area. It is one of the most geologically active and stunningly beautiful areas in Iceland.
Check out the bubbling mud flats, volcanic craters, newborn lava fields, teeming birdlife, and crystal blue lake. The waterfall of the Gods is one of Europe’s most powerful waterfalls (163 metres) and is also located in the park.
The Westmann Islands (Vestmannaeyjar)
The Westmann Islands are a paradise at the end of the world. Teeming with wildlife, they are the place where Free Willy (Keiko) has chosen to make his home. Back in November 1963, a new fountain of liquid magma got through the waves, making the world’s most youthful island, Surtsey. Voyages through the islands can be orchestrated.
Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the Snaefellsjokull glacier
In spite of lying 60 miles from Reykjavik, Snaefellsjokull ice sheet is obvious from the city on a sunny morning. The Glacier was mentioned in Jules Verne’s book, Journey to the Center of the Earth. The Snaefellsnes peninsula is a magical landscape dotted with lava caves, waterfalls, and hot springs. The Peninsula is home to many charming fishing towns and farms. Enjoy the stunning coastal views of this extraordinary part of the world.
Thingvellir is situated about 50km east of Reykjavík and is one of the most significant locales in Iceland. Iceland’s parliament, the Althing, initially met here in AD930 when the vast majority of the remainder of the world was engaged with feudalism and struggle. The parliament met here to determine clashes and make laws for over 300 years. Look at the bluff sitting above the Althing where speakers remained to address the parliament social occasions from the top. Check out the cliff overlooking the Althing where speakers stood to address the parliament gatherings from the top. You can fish in lake Thingvallavtn, the largest natural lake of the country or hike through the wonderful natural landscape of the Thingvellir National Park.
The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon is the most photographed natural feature in Iceland and probably the most ghostly looking body of water in the world. Blue-green algae and white Silica mud form a light natural sediment on the bottom of the lagoon giving it its gentle, opaque, aquamarine colour. This man-made lagoon has a water temperature of 40C, and is reputed to have curative powers, especially for psoriasis. Whether you choose to bathe surrounded by snow in mid-winter or during the long summer nights, a visit to the Blue Lagoon will be a truly unique experience.
The Árnesinga Folk Museum
The Árnesinga Folk Museum is located in Húsiđ in the village of Eyrarbakki. Húsiđ, dating back to 1765, is one of the oldest and most remarkable buildings in Iceland. It was originally the residence of the Eyrabakki trading post merchants and their staff, and was for a long time considered one of the most cultivated homes in the country. Part of the museum is dedicated to the history of Húsiđ and its inhabitants. The museum also traces the history of the Árnessýsla (Árnes region).
The Geysers (Stóri-Geysir)
Geyser, Iceland Located close to the capital, the Great Geyser was once the greatest natural attraction in Iceland. 19th-century tourists marveled at its 80-meter-high eruption. Today, the great Geyser lies almost dormant and has done so since 1916. Several attempts to bring it to life using soap have temporarily induced an eruption, but probably have damaged its workings even further. Now an 18 meter hole with a 20 meter chamber is all that is left. When the Great Geyser was active it sent a 60-80 meter jet of boiling water and steam into the air. However, Strokkur – one of the most famous and predictable geysers in Iceland – is located only 20 meters from the Great Geyser. It erupts every 5 to 10 minutes and the spout reaches up to 20 meters’ high. The whole area around the Geyser is literally a boiling sulphurous landscape dotted with steaming vents and hot and cold springs as well as specimens of rare and primitive plant life.
The Vidimyri Turf Church
Vidimyri is considered to be one of the finest examples of Icelandic architecture. Built in 1834 from a mixture of driftwood and turf, it is probably one of the strangest buildings that you will ever see. The pulpit dates back to an earlier church and the Danish altar dates from 1616. This strange architectural style stems from a lack of natural resources. The Vidimyri turf church is one of the six so-called turf churches that are still standing in Iceland. It has been preserved as a monument and still functions as a parish church.
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Skógar Folk Museum
The Skógar Folk Museum is a very interesting museum with a collection of over 6,000 artifacts and examples of various types of Icelandic dwellings from earliest times.
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