11 Reasons to Stopover in Iceland

11 Reasons to Stopover in Iceland

A stopover in Iceland is a great start to your travels into Europe. Iceland is a beautiful country aptly nicknamed the “Land of Fire and Ice” …… with unique landscapes made up of lava fields, bubbling mud pools, geysers, steaming mountains, active volcanoes and, of course, glaciers. The scenery is very dramatic and stark. It is a land unlike any other.

 

Blue Lagoon

The geothermal water has three active ingredients – silica, algae & minerals. The water is actually milky white but gets its blue hue from silica and the reflection of sunlight.

 

Downtown Reykjavik

Founded in 1786, Reykjavik is the capital and largest city of Iceland.

 

Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral

Lutheran church in Reykjavík.

 

Gullfoss Waterfall

One of the three main attractions on the Golden Circle route.

 

Geysir Strokkur

A must see on the Golden Circle route.

 

Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park

Part of the Golden Circle route, the park is in a rift valley caused by the separation of 2 tectonic plates.  The National Parliament of Iceland, established in 930 AD held sessions on this site until 1798.

 

Öxarárfoss Waterfall

Located inside Þingvellir National Park.

 

Lava Flows

Lava flows from previous eruptions, the one pictured also from Þingvellir National Park.

 

Sólheimajökull Glacier

You can walk up to the glacier. Part of Route 1 exploring the southern part of Iceland.

 

Black Sand Beach

Reynisfjara shore, near the village of Vik on Iceland’s South Coast, is an impressive black-sand beach.

 

Camping

RVs and tent camping seem to be a big part of life in Iceland.

 

10 interesting facts that you may not know about Iceland:

  1. It runs almost completely on renewable energy.
  2. With geothermal and hydroelectricity power, most residents have access to inexpensive hot water, heating, and electricity.
  3. Formally became a republic in 1944 after breaking away from Denmark.
  4. No standing army, with a Coast Guard in charge of the defense.
  5. Most of the population lives in the capital, Reykjavik.
  6. Closer to continental Europe than to mainland North America.
  7. A member of the European Union (EU) and the Schengen Agreement.
  8. Geologically active with many volcanoes.
  9. Record highest temperature of 86.9 °F in 1939 and the lowest was −36.4 °F in 1918.
  10. Until the 20th century, it was among the poorest countries in Europe. Due to strong economic growth, it has become one of the most developed countries in the world.

 

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