Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar can be reached by bus or by riding a 4×4 if you will be coming from Reykjavík.

There are many unique geological elements in the place that make this a popular attraction among tourists who love hiking. There are numerous mountains that display a variation of colors, such as black, white, brown, purple, green, blue, pink, and yellow.

Among the popular mountains for hikers are the Bláhnúkur, which translates to “blue peak,” and Brennisteinsalda, which means “sulfur wave.”

There is also a mountain lodge that is located near the natural geothermal hot springs. It is equipped with basic amenities and can accommodate up to 78 people.

Many tourists flock to Landmannalaugar in the months of June to September. After this period, the road going there is closed.

Jökulsárlón

The Jökulsárlón is a majestic glacial lagoon that is the largest of its type in the country. It can be found in the southeastern part of the country, near Höfn on Route 1.

This 190-meter-deep lagoon was formed when the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier receded from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean between1920 to 1965. There are icebergs in the lagoon throughout the year, as ice breaks off from the glacier.

Since the 1970s, the lagoon’s size has increased fourfold due to the melting of the Icelandic glaciers. It now covers an area of about 18 square kilometers.

It became better known after it was used as a location in the 2002 James Bond movie, “Die Another Day.” It was also used as a setting in other Hollywood films such as “Batman Begins” and “Tomb Raider.”

You can get a great view of the lagoon along Route 1 between Höfn and Skaftafell. To make the experience more memorable, it is recommended that you take a boat ride on the lagoon, where you will pass by small floating icebergs.

Geysir

The English word geyser, which means “a spring that emits steam or heated water,” was actually derived from Geysir. This is also sometimes referred to as “The Great Geysir.”

The place’s name was derived from geysa, an Icelandic verb from Old Norse, which means “to gush.” Geysir can be found on the slopes of the Laugarfjall hill, where the Strokkur geyser is also situated 50 meters south.

This popular geothermal hotspot is not as active as it was before, but it is still worth a visit because you can still experience the thrill of being so close to nature’s geothermic elements, as the nearby Strokkur goes off every five to ten minutes.

There was actually a time when eruptions on Geysir stopped for years, but when active, it can launch boiling water into the air up to 70 meters high! Needless to say, a visit to the place will leave you in awe of the power of Mother Nature.

Gullfoss

Gullfoss, or “The Golden Falls” in English, is a grand-looking waterfall which many people consider as one of the most beautiful in Iceland. It is situated in the southwest part of the country, at the canyon of the Hvítá river.

The waterfall attracts lots of tourists. As you go near it, while the crevice is still not visible, you will think that it is simply a big river that seems to suddenly disappear into the earth. The view becomes breathtaking as you get closer and begin to see the crevice.

The place is part of the famous day tour for tourists in the country, along with the geysers of Haukadalur and Þingvellir.

Mývatn

The special kind of volcanic craters that surround this lake region give Mývatn an unearthly appearance. The lake was formed after a huge basaltic lava eruption 2,300 years ago.

In this area, you will be able to see a desert with sulfuric steam that comes from the ground.

Mývatn mainly refers to the lake, but also sometimes refers to the surrounding inhabited area. It is a protected nature reserve, along with the surrounding wetlands and the River Laxá.

The lake and the wetlands that are near it have a rich fauna of water birds, the most prevalent of which are the ducks. There are actually 13 duck species found in the area, which is mainly due to the good supply of food available on the lake.

Since the year 2000, there has been an annual summer marathon held in the area.

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