Things you Need to See When Visiting Iceland

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Iceland is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and for a good reason. This island’s landscape is simply amazing and surreal. This type of landscape can’t be seen anywhere else in the world. The mixture of glaciers, hot springs, lava fields, and wet deserts makes Iceland an amazing adventure trip.

So if you are planning on taking a trip to Iceland then be sure to follow our tips of the things you absolutely need to see.

Volcanoes

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Iceland has one of the highest numbers of active volcanoes in the world because of its location between two tectonic plates. There are 25 active volcanoes in Iceland and has an average of two eruptions every 6 years.

Most of the time these eruptions are harmless, which makes for an amazing photo opportunity for tourists. However, the same cannot be said about the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in 2010 which disrupted air travel all around the world with its volcanic ash.
One of the most popular volcanoes to visit areHelka, Öræfajökul, and Eyjafjallajökull.

Waterfalls

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Iceland has a number of great waterfalls that offer everything from glacial falls to ones that fall on black sand beaches. Some of the country’s most famous waterfalls are Selfosss which splits in the center and forms a horseshoe-like shape and Dettifoss which is the most powerful and largest one in Europe. It is also worth mentioning Godafoss, nicknamed “The Waterfall of the Gods”

If you are planning on visiting Iceland and all its natural beauties, then we recommend you check out IcelandAdventureTours.

National parks

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Iceland has 3 national parks, of which Vatnajökull National Park is the largest national park in Europe. It also houses Iceland’s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnjúkur and the most famous waterfall we mentioned earlier, Dettifoss.

Þingvellir National Park is where the world’s oldest Parliament was first assembled and this is why it is recognized as UNESCO Heritage Site. This park is also the home to the largest lake in all of Iceland, where you can scuba dive between the two tectonic plates that separate Europe and North America.

Snæfellsjökull National Park is the only park in Iceland that is along a coastline and offers a huge range of landscapes.

Cities

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Iceland is not just about wild nature and beautiful landscapes. There is also a great range of small charming towns and large cities. Most tourists first land in Reykjavik and should stay there for at least three days if they want to experience the city properly.

Akureyri is another interesting city which is located on the other side of the country. It is known as Iceland’s capital of the North. The city is located between a range of amazing mountains and is the main location for whale watching.

Hvammstangi is one of those towns you do not want to miss with just about 600 residents.
You can try checking out Hofn that is also a smaller city near the beautiful glacial lagoon, Jökulsárlón, Vik a village that is home to Iceland’s famous stranded plane and Seyðisfjörður with its cute and small houses under a giant fjord.

If you are planning on visiting Iceland, then make sure you check out the most important things you must see.

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