Iceland means volcanoes, hot springs, geysis and the viking
I have been to Reykjavik several times, but this time I was lucky enough to travel around the whole island. Experiencing the raw power of nature is simply breathtaking. The adventure with a cruise ship offers remarkable natural wonders and experiences. I can recommend this to anyone who prefers to travel north instead of basking in the sun. It is also something special to experience the partially intact nature. But you can see in Iceland the whims of Nartur where the glaciers are already melting and the topic of global warming is also acute here.
Starting with the Golden Circle Thingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss Waterfall, the geothermal Blue Lagoon and the Strokkur Geyser, this must be seen.
The jewel in the Atlantic Crown is also a land of legend. The largest part of the Icelandic population lives in Reykjavik, a capital city that uses geothermal energy and houses the National and Saga Museum, which traces Iceland’s fascinating Viking history.
Iceland’s cultural life boasts a literary prowess that includes Nobel Prize winners. Visual art, local crafts and live music are everywhere, and the food scene is sensational. Fresh seafood is the stand out menu item, but street food, like the Icelandic pylsur (hot dog) has a growing reputation.
The planet’s most northerly capital offers a classless, green-thinking society that Nordics are renowned for – plus a stylish personality that underlines Iceland’s confidence.
From discovering tectonic plates to spotting Humpbacks from Akureyri, the ‘land of fire and ice’ woos every nature lover that pays a visit and, despite the cool temperatures, the nation’s genuinely-warm welcome is something special.
Iceland’s stunning coastal capital and cultural centre – is the world’s most northerly capital. The city combines colourful buildings, impulsive, creative people, extraordinary design, and some of the country’s most beautiful natural wonders.
The cosmopolitan city with big heart is home to the Althing – the world’s oldest parliament, and the National and Saga Museums, which trace Iceland’s Viking history. The impressive Hallgrímskirkja Church bell tower and the rotating Perlan glass dome offer panoramic views off island. Reykjavik’s galleries and exhibitions, including the outstanding Reykjavík Art Museum and National Gallery, feature radical Icelandic design, and there are many public art installations.
The capital has benefited from a surge in high-quality restaurant openings, offering a broad mix of creative cuisine. Daytime cafés switch to restaurants and bars at night – tapas, concept-dining and burger joints all sit comfortably together. And then there’s the wonderful nightlife.
Located in southwest Iceland – characterised by vast peninsulas, coves, straits and islands – Reykjavik is in easy reach of several must-see geological attractions. The iconic Golden Circle Trail includes the Blue Lagoon Spa, the Thingvellir National Park, the renowned Gullfoss Waterfall, and the incredible Geysir hot springs.
Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach – Reykjavik’s little bit of paradise – is also unmissable. The popular sandy beach and geothermal lagoon, where cold sea and hot geothermal waters meet to produce higher temperatures, offers hot-tubs, steam baths and various water sports to try.
The pretty, ancient church site of Ísafjörður, perched on the peninsular of the Westfjords, has been one of Iceland’s busiest and most important fishing and trading centres for over 250 years. With its fine natural harbour, Ísafjörður is set against a backdrop of steep mountains and an arcing spit that extends out into the deep Skutulsfjörður.
The town centre’s preserved timber and tin-clad buildings are a joy to explore. Easily navigable streets offer warm cafes, bakeries and welcoming family-run restaurants that serve the finest locally caught seafood all year round. The Westfjords Heritage Museum has exhibits on the town’s maritime history, while the Old Hospital contains archives and photography. The occasional music festival in town provides the chance to experience modern Icelandic culture.
Ísafjörður is also the port from which to discover the beautiful landscape of Vigur, The Paradise Island. Only a short 30-minute boat trip away, the island is home to thousands of puffins, arctic terns, eider ducks, black guillemots and more.
Located in Northern Iceland, Akureyri is a beautiful town best known for its spectacular landscapes, lush vegetation and its diverse wildlife. On your journey to Akureyri you’ll sail through the longest fjord in Iceland, Eyjafjordur, a wonderful prelude to your time on shore.
The perfect destination for nature lovers, the waters surrounding the town are teaming with rare, native species such as humpback whales, minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and porpoises to go in search of. Within reach on tours are incredible natural wonders too, such as the Godafoss ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ and Lake Myvatn.
In the town centre, there are many museums, galleries and exhibitions to discover and enjoy, offering an insight into the diverse culture of Akureyri and Iceland as a whole. ‘Arts Alley’ – the main street that runs directly through the town – is Akureyri’s cultural hub. Here you will find the very best galleries, exhibitions and restaurants that the town has to offer.
Bask in the remoteness of Seyðisfjörður as your ship negotiates the twists and turns of the fjord en route to the picturesque town of the same name.Sailing 17 kilometres along the calm blue waters, you’ll take in views of huge mountains, hills and cliffs before the sound of thundering waterfalls captures your attention. This incredible display of nature is formed by the river Fjarðará as it cascades down to a lagoon at the head of the fjord.
Nestled in between the beautiful Mount Strandartindur and Mount Bjolfur in the Eastfjords of Iceland, Seyðisfjörður is a unique place, and home to a unique collection of wonderfully preserved wooden structures.Regarded as one of Iceland’s most picturesque towns, Seyðisfjörður’s remoteness makes a visit here even more special.
should be on every ‘must-see’ list, as it really must be seen to be believed. The history of this remarkable 15 metre-high rock formation is uncertain; and while many say it looks like a dinosaur, others argue that it resembles an elephant or a rhino drinking from the glorious blue waters. The beautiful basalt stack is also home to several species of seabirds, including gulls and fulmars, so it’s a great place for keen birdwatchers to visit too. Be sure to bring your binoculars and your camera!
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