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What is Iceland known for?

The country is mostly famous for being called the Land of Ice and Fire. The reason people choose to travel to Iceland is mainly due to its variety of stunning sceneries, natural wonders, the beautiful untouched nature. Also wonder like the waterfalls, green moss, red and black sand beaches, volcanos, glaciers, and glaciers lagoons. The rich cultural history, Norse Mythology, folklore, Icelandic horses. Another interesting fact is that renewable energy provides 100% electricity production in Iceland, 73% coming from hydropower and 27% from geothermal power.

Despite fearsome Viking ancestors 1100 hundred years ago, then the people have become a peace-loving nation. No army, and the police is not armed with weapons.

Abundance of waters and the fact that the country is situated in the mid-Atlantic ridge, Iceland has high temperature geothermal resources enabling us to heat up all our houses in an environmentally friendly manner. In other words, we do not use fossil fuels for energy production.

Few things Iceland is known for

  • Elves and trolls
  • Swimming pool and natural hot springs
  • Last place on earth to be settled by humans
  • Lava caves
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Ranked as one of the most eco-friendly countries in the world
  • Beer was banned until 1st of March 1989
  • 11% of Iceland is covered with glaciers
  • Northern lights (Aurora Borealis)
  • World renowned Handball and football teams
  • Eyjafallajökull volcano
  • Whale Watching
  • Local Food products (culture), Fermented Shark, Skyr, Lamb meat,
  • Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvelling (Golden circle)
  • Puffins
  • Diamond beach and glacier lagoon

Recommended & must-see

Waterfalls: Gullfoss, Seljarlandsfoss, Skógafoss, Háifoss

Geothermal sites: Geothermal natural pools, Geothermal Power Plants, Geysir hot springs and others. Horticulture Friðheimar, Blue Lagoon, Swimming pools

History and Culture: Museums such as in Skógar, Árbæjar museums, The Settlement Exhibition, Reykjavik and The Settlement Center Borgarnes

Animals and wildlife: Puffins of Iceland, Icelandic horse, Icelandic Sheep, Icelandic Sheepdog, Reindeer (East Iceland), Whales, Artic fox, Seals, Artic Tern. Polar Beers occasionally visit Iceland travelling on icebergs

Landscape: Tectonic plates (Thingvellir), Lava fields covered with moss, Caves, Many amazing rock formations and mountains, Icelandic basalt columns, Iceland Rhyolite Mountains, Black sand beaches. Icelandic Glaciers, Fjords in Iceland, Diamond beach etc.

Landmarks

When I am asked to describe Icelandic Landscape then I often say that it is characterized by rugged and spectacular natural beauty, lot of mountains, lava fields, beautiful fjords and glaciers, and dramatic coastlines. In other words, plenty of amazing natural scenery. There are so many beautiful destinations you will find, so even I try to list up some of those below, it will not fully represent what I can recommend.

Being the most sparsely populated country in Europe having only 350.000 inhabitants, then you can find numerous locations and places where you can experience a perfect solitude in Iceland. You can go hiking for hours without meeting one person. To take another example, then it is good to compere one the state of Kentucky which is about the size of Iceland but only 7% of its population.

In certain location of Iceland, then many people experience they are in a mission with NASA to another planet and sometimes you have to remind yourself that this is earth and not planet X. In other locations you will experience “Wow” and “other-worldly” moments when witnessing awesome landscape and the beauty of the various scenery.

Iceland has many times been selected by filming crew making the most famous movies such as James Bond just to mention one, and TV series such as Games of Thrones. Click here to see the private day tours I have put together for you.  If that does not suit your plans, then just email me and we will bespoke those to your convenience.

Iceland Destination Guide and Tours

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