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Iceland

Grand glaciers, lava landscapes, black beaches, gushing geysers. The list is long and once you’ve been to Iceland, you leave hungering for more.

A trip to Iceland usually combines the exciting mini metropolis of Reykjavik with memorable experiences in the glorious nature. The magnificent surroundings are enriched by a rich and diverse wildlife consisting of seals, dolphins, killer whales, humpback whales and a multitude of sea birds. Atlantic puffins, guillemots, arctic terns, eider ducks; these are just some of the species of birds occurring off the rocky coasts of this volcanic island.

Also known for its healing hot springs, the natural spas have attracted visitors to the soothing waters for ages. Our expedition which circumnavigates the island, takes you to places that are usually inaccessible from land. We visit inlets, isles and shores while enjoying views of the spectacular coastline from the sea. Find out more about Iceland below.

Population: 315,000

Capital city: Reykjavik

Currency: Icelandic crown

Language: Icelandic

That Iceland has the world's oldest parliamentary institution? The Althing, Iceland's national parliament, was founded in 930.

Regions

Reykjavik
Despite its small size, Reykjavik has become a cultural metropolis in terms of music and literature. In particular Bjørk’s huge success has had an enormous impact on putting Iceland on the international music scene. Artists such as Sigur Ros are also instrumental in keeping Iceland there. But this interesting city is much more than music, it is also home to the acclaimed artist Einar Jonsson Museum. In the vicinity of the city, magnificent nature experiences are easily accessible. Go exploring around the Golden Circle that consists of the three major attractions: Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss. On the edge of Thingvellir, it’s possible to take in views of Iceland's largest lake, Thingvallavatn. By geysers Strokkur or Geysit, watch steaming geysers shoot water and steam into the sky. By Gullfoss, revel in an impressive waterfall with glacial meltwater fall 32 metres into a 70m deep and 2.5 km wide shaft.
The Blue Lagoon
The sulphur smell mixes with fresh clear air and the vapour settles as a fine mist over the heads of people enjoying the soothing waters of the turquoise pool. The waters of the Blue Lagoon are 35-40 degrees, and the artificial lake that was created during the construction of the nearby heat and power plant, provides a beautiful setting for a memorable spa experience.
Godafoss Waterfall
The 12m-tall and 30m-wide Godafoss waterfall was formed by the glacial waters of Skjalfandafjlot. This spectacular waterfall is one of Iceland’s most famous and also one of the most accessible. According to legend, the waterfall got its name, Waterfall of the Gods, from the actions of a heathen priest who was also a lawmaker charged with the responsibility of deciding whether or not Iceland would become Christian. He threw a book about Norse gods into the waterfall, in a symbolic act of casting away the gods and embracing Christianity.
Westman Islands
The Westman Islands were formed by volcanic eruptions around 10,000 and 5,000 years ago making them some of the world’s youngest islands. The archipelago consists of around 16 islands of which Surtsey, created in 1963 by submarine volcanoes, is the youngest. The island is off limits to the public, and it is only open to scientists studying the volcanic island. The only populated island of the archipelago is Heimaey with its small permanent settlement.
West Fjords
The West Fjords are characterised by many deep fjords leading to small fishing villages at the end. With towering mountains and coastal roads that meander their way through the fjords. Towards the west, the 12km-long and 450m high Látrabjerg towers with its vertical sides covered with hundreds of nesting birds. Isafjördur is beautifully located one of the jutting spits into the wide fjord. The town is the area’s ‘capital’ city. The well-preserved warehouses, from the 1700s in the museum area by the harbour, are a good place to visit for historic insight into the days the town was a trading hub for the area. The population has dwindled considerably and the entire West Fjords region is one of the most sparsely populated areas of Iceland.