Iceland is one of the most interesting and unique travel destinations on Earth. Situated between Greenland and Norway, this Nordic nation has a lot to offer for a little island country. From hot springs to forests, mountains and volcanoes, you're bound to have a brand new experience when you visit Iceland. Keep reading to learn more:
Iceland's capital and largest city, Reykjavik, is located on the western coast of the island. You're likely to find some excellent deals on cheap tickets to Reykjavik at this time of year. Those flying out of cities in the northeastern U.S. can find some particularly low fares. And once you land in Reykjavik and settle into your hotel, you'll find no shortage of things to do.
Reykjavik has a long history that stretches back to the days when Vikings roamed the seas north of the British Isles. You can take in some of this history by visiting the city's historic sites and museums. For example, the National Museum of Iceland is home to over 2,000 objects, some of which date back to when the island was first settled. A trip through the museum will take you back to a time when pagan tribes roamed the island and show you how Iceland developed into a modern nation. There's also the Viking Maritime Museum, which gives you a closer look at the important fishing industry of the nation.
When you're in Reykjavik, you can't miss out on some fresh-caught fish at a local restaurant. And for a truly unforgettable experience, consider visiting the Perlan, a mirror-covered facility with fine dining, a viewing deck for the northern lights and a magical winter garden.
The city also boasts a number of large cathedrals and churches. Those interested in seeing some stunning architecture should visit Hallgrímskirkja church, a 73 meter spire complete with a statue of Leif Erikson, the first European to discover America.
The Blue Lagoon
If you want to relax in style, the Blue Lagoon is a must-visit. At this geothermal spa, you can get a relaxing massage while floating in the naturally heated waters. Enjoy a full body scrub, wrap and massage to nourish you skin and recharge your muscles. There are also saunas, spas, a waterfall, a full bar and a fine dining establishment. After a day at the Blue Lagoon, you'll feel completely relaxed and ready to take on anything life throws at you.
The Golden Circle
A popular way for tourists to experience sites outside the capital is to follow the Golden Circle, which encompasses four popular attractions. Rent a car in Reykjavik and take the scenic route these fantastic sights:
- Kerid Crater Lake: According to Expert Vagabond, this lake was formed when a volcano collapsed in on its magma chamber. Now it's a lovely outdoor park with a hiking trail down to the vibrant blue lake.
- Gullfoss waterfall: The Hvita river ends by descending into a 100 meter crevice in the earth. If you want to snap some pictures that will have your friends back home wonder where on earth you are, this otherworldly sight is the perfect photo opportunity.
- Haukadalur: Here you can see a natural geyser shoot boiling hot water over 100 feet in the air about every 10 minutes. The geyser tends to because of the natural gasses it pulls up from deep in the earth.
- Thingvellir National Park: Snow dusted mountains and valleys await you at Thingvellir National Park. Here you can see wild horses and visit the location where Iceland's first parliament of tribal chiefs met in 930 A.D.
In Iceland, you'll feel like you're in a land where giants still walk the earth and Vikings still launch their longships in search of far off shores. This island country gives you the opportunity to explore nature, learn about history and relax in comfort like nowhere else. Grab you cheap tickets to Iceland today!