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Iceland is an island in the North Atlantic with a population of roughly 350,000. Its capital is Reykjavik which is by far the largest city in the country, and the official language is Icelandic. Iceland was settled in the late 800’s, mostly by Norwegians. It acceded to Norwegian rule in 1262 but then a few centuries later became a Danish colony. Iceland regained its independence in 1944. Situated on the boundary of two tectonic plates, Iceland has numerous volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and other geological wonders, which is what makes this country so captivating in terms of its geology and nature.
Iceland is a truly unique destination that offers amazing landscapes and natural phenomena. Everywhere you look, there’s stunning beauty and the entire country itself can be considered a year-round playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Easily within reach from both continental Europe and America, visitors flock to this picturesque country to hike, chase waterfalls, find rainbows, ski, soak in natural hot springs and more.
Visiting world famous attractions such as The Blue Lagoon, The Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Vatnajökull National Park is without a doubt what you should spend most of your time doing while in Iceland. While you travel between the major highlights, use the opportunity to visit the black sand beaches, the lava fields, hot springs and volcanoes that are scattered around the country. In addition, activities such as whale watching, puffin watching, glacier hiking, kayaking and river rafting can be enjoyed within an hour’s drive from Reykjavik.
That depends on what you want to do and see during your trip. Many people choose summer to visit Iceland, mainly because the weather is more mild and thus easier to get around. You’ll also get to enjoy the midnight sun experiencing up to 20 hrs of daylight. However, if you’re dying to see the Northern Lights and you don’t mind the cold, winter would be your best bet. Spring and autumn are typically less busy than summer season, but the weather can be unpredictable during that time of year. No matter what season you choose to visit, there will be a treasure trove of outdoor adventures for you to experience.