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If you’re fortunate enough to head to the island in the Arctic Circle where the majority of residents believe in fairies, and there is the opportunity to straddle two tectonic plates, then you have an adventure to look forward to. Iceland has a mythical aura surrounding it, due to its spectacular natural backdrop, its wonderful Viking-like people and the chance it offers visitors to marvel at this planet’s most magical natural phenomenon. Take a look at these must-see sights that you won’t want to miss when you hot foot it to the land of fire and ice.
It would be nonsensical to miss out the sight that features on nearly every traveller’s bucket list. The aurora borealis is a spectacle to behold. Streaks of green fill the night sky as solar flares from the sun collide with the Earth’s atmosphere. The result is a phenomenon that is unlike any other known to humankind. You could try and keep up to date with the Northern Lights forecasts on the island, or you could choose to embark on a tour with a company like The Aurora Zone. Experts at these companies know when best to head out in search of the lights, know the best places to view them and can help you achieve the perfect photograph to commemorate your unforgettable experience.
Many people choose to base themselves in the country’s capital for the duration of their stay and hire a suitable 4×4 to navigate the island. The capital city is coastal and picturesque with an abundance of authentic bars, cafes and eateries. Of particular note is the vegetarian restaurant directly outside the city’s modernist cathedral. In a country full of seafood lovers, this charming little bistro is a breath of fresh air and offers homely well-cooked fare.
If you fancy heading out onto the open seas, you could catch a whale watching boat to see if you can spy the minke or humpbacks that make the waters around Iceland their home.
You may have experienced the beauty and power of waterfalls before on your travels, but none are as atmospheric as Gullfoss. Within the Golden Triangle tour, Gullfoss Waterfall freezes mid flow in the winter creating an image of power almost halted in time. Surrounded by mountains and ravines, the waterfall is well set up for tourists. You can even take a short walk away from the waterfall on a well marked trail to embark on a mini hike in between two mountainsides. Photo opportunities are aplenty, and after you’ve enjoyed the ambience of the spectacular vista, you can head to the cute little cafe for a cup of warming cocoa or something a little stronger.
Iceland is a breathtaking and magical island where the people welcome you with open arms and speak about their home nation with pride. If you love nature and the great outdoors, you should make Iceland the next destination on your travel to do list.