Glowing under the fascinating image of northern lights in winter in Europe, Iceland is one of the favorite routes of those who want to experience a different travel experience. Iceland, known as a land of fire and ice with its active volcanoes that are always ready to explode, its breathtaking beauty glaciers, the geothermal pools that forget the cold weather of the winter months, and its impressive nature, hides a dazzling world with its rich cultural texture and modern cities.
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1. Blue Lagoon
You can find a spa almost anywhere in Iceland, but Blue Lagoon, which is about 40-50 kilometers from the capital, is the most popular among them. When you go to this artificial pool, which is said to be good for skin ailments such as psoriasis, the geothermal source fed by seawater, you can get services such as accommodation, SPA, and sauna.
2. The Golden Circle
The Golden Circle is an unforgettable region that meets all the expectations of those who dream of a nature-oriented tour in Iceland. You can see underground waterways (geysers), magnificent waterfalls, hot springs, historical places, and surrounding villages on this route, which you can visit with guided tours or individually.
3. Vatnajokull National Park
The Vatnajokull National Park, which hosts the breathtaking Dettifoss Waterfall with its magnificent view and Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe, as well as the ice caves famous for its unique appearance, is one of the most popular tourist spots in the country. Park was also nominated for the UNESCO World Heritage List at the beginning of 2018.
4. Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
One of the most popular tourist activities in Iceland is boat tours, where you can watch the broken glaciers. Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is also very popular among the places you can go to experience this experience. In this lagoon formed by the melting of the Breidamerkurjokull glacier, the breaking sounds of melting glaciers and glacier fragments on water may remind you of scenes in sci-fi movies.
Do not stop to see Iceland, which is famous for its calmness and orderly appearance, by visiting the city and seeing the city of Reykjavik. In this city, which is the capital of the country, you can visit museums and interesting buildings such as the National Gallery of Iceland, The Icelandic Phallological Museum, and National Museum of Iceland.
Myvatn, a shallow lake located near the Krafla Volcano in the north of Iceland, was formed by a massive basaltic lava eruption that took place 2300 years ago. The Myvatn environment, where over a hundred bird species live, has a fascinating fauna for bird watchers and fishermen. The caves, rock formations, and columns in the eastern part of the lake add a different attraction to the region.
7. Thingvellir National Park
In addition to being the first national park established in Iceland, Thingvellir National Park is also very important as it is the meeting place of Althing, founded in 930 and known as one of the oldest assemblies in the world. Today, the park, which has become a frequent destination for hiking enthusiasts with its lakes, cliffs, and nature, also hosts various festivals and celebrations.
Landmannalaugar, known for its accommodation points and world-famous hiking trails where you can explore the natural life more closely, is located in the Fjallaback Nature Reserve. This region, which can be visited daily with excursions organized by tour companies, is also an ideal address for enjoying the spa.
Husavik, a small fishing village, is a settlement where you can take part in boat tours and watch white-billed dolphins, humpbacks and blue whales. If you think watching whales and dolphins will not be enough to get to know them, you can visit Husavik Whale Museum and get much more comprehensive information about these giant sea creatures and the history of whaling in the country.
10. Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
Hornstrandir Natural Reserve, which is one of the must-see places for nature lovers, admires with its virgin areas dominated by wildlife, rugged mountains, challenging and dangerous hiking trails. You can also visit this natural reserve, accompanied by guided tours, where there is heavy visitor traffic, especially during the summer months when the weather is warming up.