Greatest cities

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        Iceland is approximately 1O3.1OO square miles big. That makes it 2.5 times, the size of Denmark. Iceland has the reputation to be the most sparsely populated country of the European continent with only around 3 persons per square kilometer. The overall population of Iceland is more or less 295,OOO. Most of Iceland is vacant and more than sixty percent of total population lives in and around its capital city of Reykjavik. But this particular stat does not mean that tourism in Iceland is only limited to in and around Reykjavik. The beauty lies in every city and every place of this absolutely breathtaking country.

        Iceland offers every attraction that a tourist dreams of seeing. Whether they are active volcanoes, biggest glaciers or hot springs, Iceland has everything for everyone. As told earlier, every city of Iceland deserves to be seen at least once; following are some known and unknown cities and destinations of Iceland.

        Reykjavik- no doubt that Reykjavík is an important tourist destination of Iceland. Being the capital city of Iceland, this city of Reykjavík has always been a centre of attraction for tourists and it has got everything for every tourist. Reykjavik is full of surprises which start from beautiful nature, museums, and exhibitions to great viewpoints, awesome nightlife, first class restaurants and international fast food chains, shopping in shopping malls and small boutiques.

        Keflavík-this city has its importance because it is called the entrance of Iceland. It is about one hour away from Reykjavik. Most visitors and tourists see it because it is the closest city to the international airport of Iceland.

        The town of Hveragerdi- this town is about eight hours far from capital Reykjavik. This town has the overall population of 2100 people. It is also called the green and warm town. The specialty of this city is that the centre of the town is a geothermal area and this whole city is built around that. This is one most important tourist attraction of Hveragerdi

        The village of Hnifsdalur- the main attraction of this small village situated in the valley of Skutulsfjordur is the mountain Bakkahyrna. The mountain leans over this tiny yet very beautiful place. This village is called by the name of the edge of that mountain that, if seen from the sea, has the shape as that of an edge of a knife.

        Fjord patreksfjordur- these are two different names of a same place. This small city is about 6 hours drive from the capital Reykjavik. This area is Iceland's most isolated area. But tourists can enjoy some natural beauty in the form of landscapes of fjords, islands, mountains and valleys.

        Dalir area- this area is famous for a village called Budardalur. It is one the few, very exceptional villages in Iceland. It is situated along the sea coast but has no harbor. It is not a fishing village also.

        The golden circle- this is the mot famous route of Iceland. The golden circle is the name given to a route taken by almost 90 percent of tourists who are on their vehicles. In very less time, travelers can feel the beauty of Thingvellir, the famous geothermal area of Iceland and superb Gullfoss waterfalls.

        These were some of the famous cities and attractions of Iceland. But still Iceland has much more to offer and to be told. One important thing is that citizens of Scandinavian countries do not need a passport to enter or visit Iceland. Plus, citizens of around sixty countries do not need to have visa for at least three months of stay in Iceland. These and more similar offers are making Iceland more and more popular on world tourism map.

Iceland Overview

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        Iceland is a volcanic island on the mid-Atlantic Ridge.

        The centre of the country is approximately at 65° N and 18° W. The closest countries are Greenland, 287 km, the Faroe Islands, 420 km, and Scotland, 798 km. Iceland's area is 102,700 km2 and its coastline 6300 km, and 37% of the country is over 600 m above sea level. Only 2% of the country is arable land and two-thirds of it is sparsely vegetated desert or glaciers.

        Glaciers cover about 11% of the country's surface, and the biggest of them is Vatnajokull, which is 8300 km2. Also, the highest mountain in the country is there, Hvannadalshnjukur 2119 m. Iceland was part of the Danish empire until 1918 but obtained full independence in 1944. Every four years in general elections representatives are elected to Althingi, which has one chamber, and the President is also nationally elected.

        The country is divided into five electoral districts, 20 administrative districts and 101 municipalities. The population is 319,000 and two-thirds of the inhabitants live in the capital city area, about 40% of these in the capital city Reykjavík. Most of the larger towns are near the capital city: Kopavogur, Hafnarfjordur, Mosfellsbaer and Gardabaer, but of the other larger towns the largest are Akureyri in North Iceland and Reykjanesbaer in the southwest corner.

        About 70% of the population work in the service sector, about 25% in industry and only 5% in agriculture and fisheries, while about 60% of the total export value is from seafood products and about 36% from the industry.

        Should you only visit Iceland in the summertime? Do you need a jeep to get around? Is everything very expensive? What about dangerous animals in Iceland? Will you like the food and is it dangerous to drive in Iceland?

Let's try to answer these questions.

1. When to Visit Iceland?

This is a question I often get. And there is really no correct answer. Understandably, Iceland has a lot of possibilities during the summertime, but if you can only travel during other months, don't hesitate - come and visit and enjoy the particular atmosphere of THAT TIME OF YEAR!

        There are hotels open all year round, excursions available all year round, you just adapt to circumstances like a real Icelander!

2. Do I need a Jeep in Iceland?

        If you want to travel around the country and mostly follow the so called Ring Road (road nr. 1) and see the most famous places, you won't need a Jeep at all.

        On the other hand, if you plan to visit the highlands and to take some mountain tracks... you definitely should hire a Jeep.

3. Is Everything Very Expensive in Iceland?

        Some things are definitely expensive but if you plan well ahead, you can really save yourself some money!

        There are ways to remain within your budget, you just have to know them....

        Just remember that a trip to Iceland isn't about heavy mass tourism where things often come cheaper.

        What you WILL FIND CHEAP is our spas and you should learn to enjoy them.

4. Is it Difficult to Drive in Iceland?

        No, not difficult, but you have to be VERY CAREFUL because our roads are not as good as the motorways of bigger countries. You should really inform yourself beforehand and not discard the advice of rental agencies.

5. Will I Like the Food in Iceland?

        Ah.... the food... I can assure you that Icelandic food is of the highest quality.

        If you want, you can taste some unique Icelandic food like the famous skyr and see whether you like it - if not, you will probably find every ingredient you are used to at home and then some!

And if you are into health food, we have a lot of shops where you can buy such food that as well and several restaurants too in Reykjavik, the capital.

6. Are there any Dangerous Animals in Iceland?

No - no such animals can be found in Iceland. You can enjoy not having to worry. The worst I can think of are some bird species like the arctic tern or the great skua which don't like people around their eggs or young ones.

7. What about the Water in Iceland?

        I like to think we have the best water in the world.

        You can drink from the tabs anywhere, in homes, hotels etc. and if you see a stream you can usually drink directly from it too, although I wouldn't recommend drinking from our glacial rivers which are milky colored or even brown at times!

Just 5 good reasons

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        Many imagine Iceland to be a very cold place with frozen landscapes, which is partly true. However, this island country in the North Atlantic Ocean has much more to offer. To get you started, here are five reasons to visit Iceland.

Iceland - The Land of Fire and Ice

        Iceland is a country of contrasting landscapes, which is why it is called the Land of Fire and Ice. Indeed, you will find many glaciers when you visit Iceland, particularly in the western parts of the country, including the largest in Europe - the Vatnajokull, but at the same time, you will also find dozens of volcanoes, both active and extinct, along with plenty of lava fields, hot springs and geysers. In fact, Iceland has more hot springs than any country on earth while the term geyser itself is derived from Iceland's Great Geysir in Haukadalur.

        Aside from these, Iceland also has many waterfalls, including Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe and the beautiful Black Falls. It also has many lakes, rivers, fjords, mountains, and small islands, like the Westman Islands, which are all worth exploring. To experience the best of Iceland's natural wonders, make sure you head to the Golden Circle, venture into the Highlands, or drop by the country's national parks - Snaefellsjokul, Vatnajokull and Thingvellir - and prepare to be awed.

Icelandic Folklore

        Iceland is not only rich in natural wonders. It also has an interesting wealth of cultural heritage, which is particularly evident in its family sagas and folktales concerning sorcerers, ghosts and mythical creatures such as dragons, elves, dwarves, trolls and ogres. If you want to hear these tales or learn more about these creatures, you should go to Lambi and Hafnarfjorour, where elves are said to dwell or simply ask one of the locals. You can also visit the Icelandic Wonders Museum to get a glimpse of the lives of elves and trolls or take a class at the Icelandic Elf School.

Winter Wonderland

        Winter is a magical season in Iceland, when the mountains and plains are covered in fresh snow, the lakes and waterfalls freeze over and the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights put up a heavenly show, lighting up the skies in many parts of the country. This is especially true during the Christmas season, when entire cities, towns and villages are illuminated with twinkling nights and the thirteen Yule Lads wander around to spread mischief and Christmas cheer. You can even visit the Yule Lads in their caves near Akureyri. Although many roads are closed, there are still plenty of activities available, particularly winter sports like skiing, ice skating and bobsledding. The largest ski resort in Iceland is Blafjoll, which is just several minutes away from the capital city, Reykjavik.

Horse Tours and Other Exciting Outdoor Adventures

        Iceland is also well known for its unique horse breed, which, though small, is known for being hardy and easy to ride, and the chance to ride one is one of the reasons why you should visit Iceland. Indeed, riding an Icelandic horse is a rare and amazing experience which you should try out and it is definitely a great way to explore Iceland's beautiful natural landscapes, especially since Icelandic horses remain sure-footed on most terrains. For this reason, there are many horse tours available in Iceland, with varying itineraries and duration.

        Aside from horse back riding, there are many other exciting outdoor activities for you to try when you visit Iceland, such as playing golf under the midnight sun, cycling around Reykjavik and hiking in the mountains and fjords. Water sports abound, as well, such as rafting, swimming, sea kayaking and sport fishing. One of the things you shouldn't miss, though, is the wildlife encounters Iceland has to offer, like birdwatching in Latrabjarg and catching a glimpse of the minke, blue, humpback and killer whales off the coast of Husavik.

Music

        Icelanders are music lovers so look forward to an interesting music scene when you visit Iceland. Here, you will hear folk songs streaming from small villages and local pubs, classical music resounding from concert halls and theaters, rock music pulsating in the various night clubs and many other types of music. In fact, Iceland even has its own metal scene, while jazz fans will love hanging around during the Reykjavik Jazz Festival. Of course, Bjork's albums are sold in almost every music store, too, and if you're lucky, you might even get to watch one of her concerts.

 
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