5 MOST POPULAR THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN ICELAND!
Iceland is always being more and more popular destination among travellers that want to experience nature and activities. In this article we will go over the five most popular things to see and do in Iceland!.
The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. The lagoon is located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland. The Blue Lagoon is only 15 minutes from the Keflavík International Airport and about 35-40 minutes from the capital city of Reykjavík.
The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. The lagoon is a man-made lagoon which is fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi and is renewed every two days. Superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity. After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water passes through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal water heating system. Then the water is fed into the lagoon for recreational and medicinal users to bathe in. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37–39 °C (99–102 °F). The Blue Lagoon also operates a research and development facility to help find cures for other skin ailments using the mineral-rich water.
The Golden Circle
The Golden Circle is one of the most popular daytour in Iceland were you will drive from Reykjavík the capital of Iceland to southwestern Iceland to Geysir in Haukadalur also known as the great Geysir hot spring, which is also the home to Strokkur geyser about 50 metres south. Eruptions at Geysir can hurl boiling water up to 70 metres in the air. However, eruptions may be infrequent, and have in the past stopped altogether for years at a time. Your next stop will be The Golden Waterfalls or Gullfoss like it is in Icelandic, Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. The wide Hvítá rushes southward. About a kilometre above the falls it turns sharply to the right and flows down into a wide curved three-step “staircase” and then abruptly plunges in two stages (11 m and 21 m) into a crevice 32 m (105 ft) deep. The crevice, about 20 m (60 ft)wide, and 2.5 km in length, extends perpendicular to the flow of the river. After a stop at Gullfoss you will start to head back to Reykjavík on the way back you will make a short stop at Þingvellir National park, Þingvellir is a site of historical, cultural, and geological importance and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. It lies in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It is at the northern end of Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland.
Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the highland of Iceland. It is at the edge of Laugahraun lava field that was formed in an eruption around the year 1477. It is known for its natural geothermal hot springs and surrounding landscape. Landmannalaugar is the northern end of the Laugarvegur hiking trail and a popular destination for tourists traveling in Iceland. The Iceland Touring Association operates a mountain hut with sleeping bag accommodation for 75 people and a public toilet with showers. During the tourist high season there is also a small shop there that sells coffee and basic groceries, a horse tour agency and ICE-SAR highland patrol in Fjallabak operates from there.
Skógarfoss & Seljalandsfoss
Skógafoss is a waterfall situated on the Skógá River in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline. After the coastline had receded seaward, the former sea cliffs remained, parallel to the coast over hundreds of kilometres, creating together with some mountains a clear border between the coastal lowlands and the Highlands of Iceland.
Seljalandsfoss is a waterfall in Iceland. It was a waypoint during the first leg of The Amazing Race 6. Seljalandsfoss is situated in between Selfoss and Skógafoss at the road crossing of Route 1 (the Ring Road) with the track going into Þórsmörk. This waterfall of the river Seljalandsá drops 60 metres (200 ft) over the cliffs of the former coastline. It is possible to go behind the waterfall.
The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights are the most popular attraction in Iceland in the winter and travellers all over the world come to Iceland to experience the amazing dancing lights in the sky. The Northern Lights also known as The Aurora Borealis is a natural light display in the sky , predominantly seen in the high latitude regions. Auroras are caused by charged particles, mainly electrons and protons, entering the atmosphere from above causing ionisation and excitation of atmospheric constituents, and consequent optical emissions. Incident protons can also produce emissions as hydrogen atoms after gaining an electron from the atmosphere. Iceland is a great place to see the Northern Ligths on a cold winter night.