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Iceland Travel

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 3

Iceland Travel

Iceland is a beautiful country with a diverse landscape and wonderful people with a unique, rich culture and language. When visiting Iceland on vacation, there are several things to keep in mind. Here is a brief overview.

Downtown Reykjavík

Reykjavík is the capital city of Iceland. It is the largest city in the country and has plenty of points of interest. The main cathedral in Reykjavík is Hallgrímskirkja. You can climb to the top of the belltower and look out over the observation deck.

The next point of interest downtown is The Pearl (Perlan). There is a wonderful restaurant inside that rotates around and gives panoramic views of the city.

Laugavegur is the name of the main walking street. It is full of shops and restaurants to get a good flavor of the local culture.

Southern Iceland

Iceland has a national highway that circles the entire island. As you leave Reykjavík and travel to the South, there are several interesting sites.

The Westmann Islands (Vestmannaeyjar) are a must-see. They are home to millions of puffins and also Keiko, the orca killer whale from Free Willy. These islands are rich in history and give great opportunities for photos. You can take a ferry from Þorlákshöfn to Vestmannaeyjar.

Vík is a small city at the southern tip of Iceland. It has sweater shops and authentic restaurants.

Jökulsárlón is the site of a James Bond movie. It is a bay where the glacier Vatnajökull breaks off and slides into the ocean. You can take a boat tour of the bay in an amphibious vehicle. It provides breathtaking views.

Northern Iceland

Akureyri is the main city of the North. Spend some time there in local swimming pools and walking along the fjord.

Ísafjörður is a bit off the beaten path up in the North Fjords. It offers a great opportunity to see a small town just outside the Arctic Circle. It doesn´t receive many tourists, so you get an authentic view into the life of Icelanders there.

Main Tourist Areas

The main tourist areas include Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir (geyser), Þingvellir, and the Blue Lagoon (Bláa Lónið).

Gullfoss, Geysir, and Þingvellir are all very close to each other. You can purchase a tour package that will take you to these sites from Reykjavík in a charter bus. They are all must-sees.

The Blue Lagoon is located very close to the Leifur Eiríksson Airport in Keflavík. The lagoon is very warm and has white silica mud on the bottom that is excellent for your skin. Take a relaxing dip in the lagoon just before or after a long flight.


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Comments

Jan 15, 2011 9:27pm
manspaugh
I've heard it's best to travel Iceland with no plans. Just travel til you find a bed and breakfast and move on to the next. Is that true?
Jan 16, 2011 12:44am
benjones
I think that's a great way to do it. I would recommend traveling the highway around the island and just stay at guesthouses along the way. It's probably smart to get a list of guesthouses before you take off. Also, be sure to fill up with gas every chance you get, because some of those cities are pretty remote.
Jan 16, 2011 5:24pm
manspaugh
Thanks! I can't wait!!!!
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