The country’s name conjures up land with impressive formations of ice. Although this image is not far from the truth, Iceland can offer much more than arctic temperatures and bright light glaciers. While dramatic, otherworldly wonders of nature, especially the northern lights are more than magical, there are many other things that will fascinate man during a visit to Iceland. Here are some of them.
Iceland is one of the best places in the world to monitor the northern lights. If they are lucky, a cold, clear winter night tourists will be able to see mystical green lights dancing in the sky.
The scientific explanation is that the phenomenon is produced by the reaction of the upper atmosphere and highly charged electrons brought by the solar wind.
Chasing the elusive northern lights sometimes can be even more exciting than the supervision of supernatural phenomenon.
Geysers of steaming, floating icebergs covered with black lava beaches, erupting volcanoes – all these things can be seen in Iceland, and sometimes the distance that separates them, takes part half drive.
Tourists can have a walk or climb the glacier Solheimajokull, which is located on the southern coast of Iceland.
Can also travel by car on Ring Road, the main national route, orbiting the country. During the trip you will see more natural wonders, including the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, glacial Lake Jokulsarlon, Eastern fjords and towering waterfall Dettifoss.
It is better to look around for Icelandic horses – a unique breed of pony-sized, famous with smooth movement in rough terrain and shaggy mane falling on the eyes.
Art and design with an eye to the future
Known for avant-garde design and creative energy, Iceland, along with dramatic landscapes and natural wonders, offers a lot of inspiration. One of the most prominent examples of this is “Harpa” – dazzling concert hall and conference center with a glass facade that shines and changes color.
It is located on the harbor in Reykjavik. Olafur Eliasson designed the facade so as to recreate the play of light on the surface of the glacier. In “Harpa” houses Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera. It conducts annual music festival, which brings together some of the best musicians.
Many people dream to immerse themselves in the waters of the Blue Lagoon, and for good reason. The temperature of the crystal blue geothermal waters is around 37-39 ° C throughout the year, and also in all directions you can find impressive views of the snow-covered rocks of lava.
After spending all day in the waters of the Blue Lagoon, you will feel, and you will look like a new person. Water is an excellent assistant in the fight against aging.
Geothermal energy heats not only the Blue Lagoon, but is used to provide heat and electricity in homes, bathrooms and swimming pools – both public and private. Bathing in the public thermal baths is part of everyday life. It allows one to relax after a hard day and to learn the latest news.