In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat and stay at in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Iceland
A land of fire, ice and Vikings, Iceland is one of the most beautiful and strangest places in the world. Whether you are staying in Reykjavik and taking daily trips or going on a real adventure and exploring the country on your own, here are five majestic things in Iceland that will take your breath away:
HUNT FOR AURORA BOREALIS
The incredible and completely unpredictable Northern lights are one of the greatest natural wonders in the world that are most visible in Iceland from September to April. Nature’s most amazing dance is best admired in the nature, far away from city lights.
The best time of the year to observe these sea giants is from May to September, but you can see them all year round. In addition to having the rare opportunity to see more than 20 different types of whales, you may also encounter white-beaked dolphins and various sea birds, puffins included.
Due to Iceland’s intense volcanic activities, the country is abundant with geysers, underground springs and thermal pools. Research shows that the Great Geysir, the first known to modern Europeans, has been active for around 10,000 years. It lies in the Haukadalur valley on the slopes of Laugarfjall hill, only 50 meters from the famous Strokkur fountain geyser.
BLUE LAGOON, GRINDAVIK
Located only 40 minutes away from the country’s capital, the Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s most famous geothermal pool. The warm, mineral-rich water comes from the underground hot springs and reaches 37–39 °C.
Situated in the heart of Reykjavik, the unique Hallgrimskirkja is the largest church in Iceland which is also used as an observation tower. The architecture of this astounding building was inspired by the basalit lava flows, another natural wonder of the smallest Nordic country.