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Iceland Travel Guide

Iceland is a huge island in the North Atlantic and found close to the Arctic Circle with wild and rugged terrain. It is made up of a colorful combination of red sulphur, black lava, blue rivers, waterfalls, geysers and lush green valleys. It is considered one of the most volcanically active countries in the world with Mount Hekla erupting more than 16 times already. Despite its name, Iceland is not that cold and frigid. The coastal waters are warmed by the Gulf Stream and in july and august you can experience temperature surges of up to 50F and 24/7 daylight.

Reykjavík is the country's capital and is the world's most northern capital. Despite being a small city, it is where more than half of Iceland's population lives. The city's name actually means "smoky bay" because it is set in an area of geothermal hot springs thus providing it with a central heating system. The city is a mixture of urban and outdoor living with plenty of parks and major city amenities like nightclubs and cafes. Reykjavík is a busy city that combines old fashioned wooden architectures and modern buildings.

The south, 50 kilometers outside Reykjavík, where the famous blue lagoon is found with its natural pool of mineral rich water found in the center of a lava field in Iceland's wilderness. The lagoon's waters are known for its special properties and very good effects on the skin. There are many other destinations found at the south, such as the Westmann Islands which is a great place for bird watchers. There is also the Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall) and Geysir where you can view one of the most active volcano in the world, Mount Hekla. You can also tour the magnificently preserved old houses in the charming villages of Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki.

The Western Fjords is an area in Iceland filled with geothermal activities and lava formations. It is where Glymir, a replica of a Viking Age farm is located in Eiriksstaoir, the birthplace of Lief the Lucky who is said to have discovered America in 1000 AD, is found. Traveling in this area takes you to mountain passes, dense woodlands, lakes and rivers, as well as magnificent waterfalls and deep chasms. Following the mountain paths will lead you to Iceland's only whaling station, the Museum of Farm Implements and Fishing Equipment.

Heading towards the northern part of Iceland, many tours are offered to the Island of Grimsey on the Arctic Circle. Visitors can experience the enchanting midnight sun, where the sun remains visible until 12 midnight or even for 24 hours if the weather is clear. To experience the magic of one of nature's most spectacular light show, the Northern Lights, it is best to visit during early spring or autumn.

Whether you are looking for adventure and exploring nature, or partying in the Capital's famous nightclubs or experiencing nature's phenomenon Iceland will definitely leave you with memories of a trip to the edge of the world.