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Iceland’s Must See Sites

Thursday, October 20, 2016 7:59
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icelands-must-see-sitesMany people avoid Iceland because of the extreme cold temperatures. It’s a shame because it really is a beautiful country. There are a lot of extraordinary sites to see throughout Iceland.

Jokulsarlon

Jokulsarlon stands for “glacial river lagoon”. This large glacial lake is located in Vatnajokull National park. It was originally a glacier, but became a lake after it started to recede into the Atlantic Ocean. It covers close to 7 square miles and is now Iceland’s deepest lake. Jokulsarlon is quite the site to see as it’s one of Iceland’s natural wonders. It can be easy viewed between Hofn and Skaftafell off of Route 1. It has been the setting for several movies including Die Another Day and Batman Begins.

Haukadalur

There are many impressive sites in Haukadalur, including two geysers: Strokkur and Geysir. Strokkur erupts around every 5-10 minutes so tourists don’t have to wait long to see it. Geysir, however, very rarely erupts. There are also over 40 other mud pots, fumaroles and hot springs in close proximately. It’s definitely worth spending the day in Haukadalur while you are in Iceland.

Dimmuborgir

This large lava field is unusually shaped. It is made up of rock formations and volcanic caves. Because of the interesting make up of it, it’s become one of the most popular natural attractions for tourists to visit. Visitors can spend hours here just looking around and exploring.

Svartifoss

Even though you have to hike to get to Svartifoss, it’s worth it to see this impressive waterfall. Located in Vatnajokull National Park, it has lava columns that surround it. The base of the waterfall contains many sharp rocks that add to the intense breaking of the water.

Blue Lagoon

This geothermal spa is located in Grindavik in a lava field. Visitors are allowed to swim in the 100-degree water and the rich minerals of it are supposed to help those that suffer from skin conditions. The man-made water of this lagoon is fed by a geothermal power plant located in Svartsengi. In order to keep the water clean, those who wish to go in the Blue Lagoon must shower off first.

Seljalandsfoss

Located along the Icelandic Ring Road, this is one of the most well-known waterfalls in Iceland. It drops 60 meters and visitors can actually walk behind the waterfall into a small cave. Seljalandsfoss was featured in The Amazing Race 6.

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