Blue Lagoon

If you are after soothing relaxation during your trip, you should not miss the chance to experience one of the most visited tourist attractions in the country, the geothermal spa known as “The Blue Lagoon.”

This outdoor pool and health center is situated in the center of a lava field on the Reykjanes Peninsula, specifically in Grindavík in the southwest part of the country.

The blue color of its water gives this geothermal spa a surreal appeal. The spa’s warm water is rich with silica and sulfur, which are believed to contribute to the healing effects of bathing in the lagoon.

Understandably, there is a strict rule about hygiene in the place. Before and after bathing in the lagoon, you are required to take a shower at the communal shower. Take note though – you’ll have to remove all your clothing.

The place was featured in various media platforms, including the film “Hostel: Part II.” It was also used as the pit stop for the first phase of the reality TV series, “The Amazing Race 6.”

Þingvellir National Park

The Þingvellir National Park is a national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

It is situated in the southwestern part of the country, specifically, in Bláskógabyggð. It is a popular tourist spot because of its geological importance and rich historical and cultural background.

The park’s name literally means “parliamentary fields.” It was where the Þingvellir Parliament, or Alþingi, was situated. Established in 930 and lasting up to 1789, It was the longest running parliament in the world.

Þingvellir was the first national park in the country. It was founded in 1930 with the original intention of protecting the remains of the parliament. Over time, this goal expanded to include caring for and protecting the nature that envelops the site.

The park houses a rift valley, which shows off the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It is also where you can find the largest natural lake in the land, known as Þingvallavatn.

Snæfellsjökull National Park

Snæfellsjökull mountain was used as the setting in Jules Vernes’ classic tale “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” In the story, the passage that leads to the center of the earth was found in this mountain.

The place’s name translates to “snow-mountains glacier.” The Snæfellsjökull mountain is part of the national park. Its being a popular tourist attraction can be partly attributed to Vernes’ novel, which was released in 1864.

The park is unique in that it is the only national park in Iceland that extends to the seashore. In it can be seen prominent formations that correspond to the country’s different eras.

Askja

Askja is only accessible for a period of three to four months throughout the year. This time period usually starts at the latter part of June and ends early October.

This popular tourist destination is, in fact, a stratovolcano that can be found in a remote spot of the country’s central highlands. It has two mountain huts, with a campsite located at Dreki.

Visitors to the area can enjoy swimming at the bottom of its mountain’s crater, where the water is opaque blue-green in appearance and has a relaxingly warm temperature.

Lakagígar

Lakagígar means “Crater of Laki.” This volcanic fissure can be found in the southern part of the country, near the canyon of Eldgjá.

Lakagígar is part of a volcanic system that can be found in between the Vatnajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. The system erupted for eight months between the years of 1783 and 1784.

The eruption affected the Laki fissure and the Grímsvötn volcano, which is adjacent to it. It is said that it was one of the world’s deadliest recorded volcanic eruptions. It caused death, drought and famine not only in Iceland but also in other affected countries.

Despite its horrific past, Lakagígar is now considered a tourist attraction. The numerous craters that line the fissure invite special interest from the tourists. The bleak appearance of the spot is softened by the grey-green moss that covers the area.

 

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