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Iceland Landmarks

Iceland Landmarks

Thingvellir National Park

Breathtaking nature and a lot of history

The heart of the Icelandic nation has been beating here for over a millennium

Thingvellir National Park, founded in 1928 and now 237 km² in size, is located on the north bank of the 80 km² lake Þingvallavatn in the area of ​​the two municipalities Bláskógabyggð and Grímsnes og Grafningur in the capital area (“Höfuðborgarsvæðið”) around Reykjavík in southwest Iceland.

Translated into German, the Icelandic name is roughly “level of the people’s assembly”, which already points to the historical significance of the place. In fact, not far from the Almannagjá Gorge, after the conquest of the island by mainly Norwegian Vikings in the middle of the 10th century, the chiefs met and gathered three times a year to give advice. The intersection of the strategically most important equestrian trails at the time was easily accessible from all regions populated at the time. As “Alþing” this regular and worldwide one of the oldest parliamentary meetings existed until 1798 and the dissolution by the Danish occupiers.

A short dive in the cold clear water between America and Eurasia

The Thingvellir area owes its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004 to the two historically traditional and nationally significant dates of the acceptance of Christianity in Iceland in 1000 and the proclamation of the Republic in June 1944. In the summer of 1994, numerous ceremonies for the 50th anniversary took place here the founding of the state. Weathered and overgrown walls on the edge of the former meeting place are architectural witnesses of the medieval gatherings. A trip to the national park is also worthwhile for holidaymakers interested in geology and geological history, because it is located in the western rift zone and is surrounded by the four active volcanic systems Hengill and Hrómundartindur as well as Hrafnabjörg and Prestahnúkur.

Marvel at big fish and golden destinations not far from Reykjavík

The extensive Þingvallavatn lake is also known to be extremely rich in fish, the dominant species of trout and char in the water attract numerous anglers. A visit to the national park and its scenic surroundings can be easily combined with a round trip on the approximately 300 kilometer long holiday road “Gullni hringurinn” (Golden Tour) to many attractions in the south and southwest of Iceland.

Vatnajokull National Park

Iceland is famous for its breathtaking landscapes. The Scandinavian country has long been more than an insider tip, especially for nature lovers and adventure vacationers. A real must for visitors to Iceland is Vatnajökull National Park. After all, some of Iceland’s greatest natural wonders can be admired here in one of the largest national parks in Europe. In total, the park covers an area of ​​almost 14,000 square kilometers. So you should plan a lot of time when visiting the Vatnajökull National Park, which was founded in June 2008 and is characterized by an impressive variety of landscapes.

Fascinating sights: waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers

In the north is Dettifoss, one of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls in Europe. Another popular tourist magnet within the Vatnajökull National Park is the Askja central volcano, which is the center of the approximately 200-kilometer-long volcanic system of the same name. In the south, the Vatnajökull glacier, which gave the national park its name, casts its spell over numerous locals and tourists from all over the world every day. Near the glacier, which covers more than 8,000 square kilometers, is the Morsárfoss, the highest waterfall in the country, which is also a popular attraction. If you want to experience an impressive flora and fauna, you should look around in the east of the national park.

Geosea geothermal bath

With a breathtaking view of the ocean, the Geosea geothermal bath in Húsavik on the north coast of Iceland offers a very special and unforgettable bathing experience. With a little luck, visitors to this seaside resort even have the fantastic opportunity to watch whales in the sea. The geothermal bath is about 90 km away from the city of Akureyri, the second largest city in Iceland. According to the Icelandic Tourist Office, adults pay 4300 kroner to enter, which is the equivalent of around € 32. For children under 16 years of age, the entrance fee is 1600 crowns. The entire geothermal system is heated by natural geothermal energy. Visitors have the choice between 3 pools, modern and stylish bathing in the warm thermal water is a treat for body, mind and soul.

Relaxation with a fantastic view of the Skyrim mountain ranges

So if you are traveling in the north-east of Iceland, Geosea should not be missed. The Geosea Bath is uniquely located on a cliff and the pleasantly warm water temperature is around 38 ° C. With a view of the bay of Skj lfanda and with mountains and pleasant music in the background, the relaxation experience for adults and children is absolutely fantastic. The well-equipped changing rooms of the thermal bath are equipped with spacious lockers as well as shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. The associated building in a fantastic design is well camouflaged from the outside in the grass and was built directly into the slope. With a direct view of wildlife, sea and mountains, a visit to the Geosea geothermal bath offers a unique Icelandic experience.

Husavik offers more activities and sights

As everywhere in Iceland, there is a lot to discover and experience besides swimming. Whale watching is a must have, but also the Diamant Circle, a 250 km tour the city has planned as a sight next to Ásbyrgi Canyon, Lake Mývatn and the Dettifoss waterfall. In the city’s restaurants you have numerous opportunities to enjoy regional cuisine.

Iceland Landmarks

5 Attractions in Iceland

5 Attractions in Iceland

In recent years, our Scandinavian neighbor Iceland has become a very popular travel destination, and rightly so. Has this piece of sugar not yet caught your interest? Let me then tempt you with five sights that can turn the tables!

Yes, many of us long to be able to get on a bus, train or plane and get to a better place, without having to be dragged along with all the duties and challenges of everyday life. Sometimes we want to get away even when we can not afford it. While some choose to borrow for travel , others choose to wait to move. If you are going to make the decision to borrow money, it is of course very important to review the terms.

Black beach in Reynisfjära

According to Softwareleverage, Iceland is known for its beautiful landscapes and environments. One of the country’s most famous tourist destinations for those who want a sight to behold is the black beach in Reynisfjära. The coastal area has received a lot of attention around the world and major film productions such as Star Wars and Game of Thrones have been filmed there.

The blue Lagoon

Craving for natural and highly relaxing treatment for the body? The Blue Lagoon is what is called a “geothermal spa” and has become one of Iceland’s most visited tourist destinations. It is located in something as exotic as in a lava field. Next time I go to Iceland I will definitely make a trip there.

Skaftafell

No country that attracts tourists for the beautiful views and environments would be complete without a national park? Skaftafell was founded in the autumn of 1967 and consists of almost five thousand square meters of natural beauty. There is also a camping area for those who want to spend more in the park and have time to see everything it has to offer. Perfect for the family as the children do not learn to have a boring time there.

Húsey

If you, like many others, need to get a little closer to yourself and find inner peace, the Húsey area is right for you. There are great landscapes to walk on and a popular retreat center. It is also possible to ride an Icelandic pony.

Hekla volcano

The volcano is one of the coolest phenomena in the world, but it is very rare that we actually get the chance to see them in real life. In Iceland there are several volcanoes to witness and the coolest is probably Hekla, which is about 1500 meters high and one of the country’s most active. Just do not hope it gets an outbreak when you are there!

There we have it, five sights in Iceland. Do you get the urge to go?

5 Attractions in Iceland

Shopping and Eating in Reykjavik, Iceland

Shopping and Eating in Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik is one of the largest cities in the country of Iceland.

Shopping in Reykjavik

The only thing that there is no point in buying in Iceland is locally produced articles. Everything else is imported and sold at prices at least as high as in Norway, and the selection is usually no better, on the contrary.

Icelandic wool products such as knitted sweaters, scarves, hats and mittens are among the tourists’ favorite souvenirs, and can be purchased at several outlets in the city center, for example in Laugavegur 64 or the duty free shop at Keflavik Airport.

Skin care products from The Blue Lagoon are also naturally an exclusive Icelandic product and a good gift tip. These can also be found in several shops in the shopping street Bankastræti / Laugavegur [see image first in the article] in the city center.

Laugavegur has a very trendy shoe and clothing store called Kron Kron (can be found in Laugavegur, 101) and is open until 1800 every day except Sundays where it is closed and Fridays which means half an hour longer opening hours.

Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland described on Countryaah also has a good number of stylish second-hand clothing stores, just so it is said. Also, it is a great place for music lovers. Here are several real record labels. We recommend Lucky Records on the street Rauðarárstígur (cross street to Laugavegur). Lucky Records in Reykjvaik is open every day of the week.

Other areas in Reykjavik defined by AbbreviationFinder for more exclusive shopping are Skólavörthustígur, which runs north from Hallgrimskirkja. If you prefer shopping centers, head for Kringlan, a few miles east of downtown. Here you will find over 130 shops, bars, restaurants, cinema, library and wine sales. More information on Kringlan’s official website.

In Geirsgata, which runs parallel to the harbor, the Kolaportið flea market is organized every Saturday and Sunday morning, where anyone can bring whatever they want to sell. Here you will find everything strange, most of it is used goods, but it is fun to look through and see if you find a gem.

Don’t forget that you can get the Icelandic VAT refunded at the airport for larger purchases!

Eating in Reykjavik

Food in Reykjavik, Iceland

An island nation naturally has seafood as its specialty, and most restaurants offer fresh fish, oysters, shrimp and lobster dishes.

But meat is not a bad option. Icelandic animals live their entire lives and graze freely in areas without chemicals and toxins. The lamb is thus just as tender as you would expect. Traditionally, the Icelanders did not allow any part of the sheep to go to waste, so you can still serve both brain, eyes, head and testicles.

Local Icelandic dishes

The most ambitious can try the notorious Icelandic dish Hákarl, which in practice is rotten shark meat. The shark contains a poisonous acid when fresh, and this problem solved the Icelanders by burying it for months until the acid rotted away. The meat is then dried and often served on small skewers of spirits. The liquor works best as anesthetic before and after you put the shark meat in your mouth. Good appetite!

As the modern society of Reykjavik has gradually become, you will of course find many ethnic restaurants in the city center. So if sheep brain or rat shark does not tempt you, you can always choose Indian, Mexican, Argentine, Italian – or vegetarian food.

We recommend the following restaurants in Reykjavik:

We start by warning about stiff prices in Reykjavik. Forget the restaurant prices in Norway, in Iceland we are beaten. So take a close look at the menu prices before you book, and feel free to use the many nice bars ‘happy hour’ to save a little on your holiday budget.

Italy

The name that is as short and descriptive as possible is restaurant Italia in Laugavegur no. 11. You get good (on proper) pizzas here, baked in a pretty authentic pizza oven. It is expensive compared to what you are used to, but not compared to Iceland in general.

A slightly less expensive variant in the same street is Rossopomodorro (red tomatoes). The address is Laugavegur no. 101. The prices are a bit cheaper, the menu the same, but snapped more popular in the style. Then you get to decide if there is a plus and a minus.

Restaurant Meze

In the street Laugavegur you will find restaurant Meze in number 32. The service here is almost always top notch, and the bar is impeccable. The food is also good. Chicken skewers and other light meals can come in handy if you do not want to spend a “weekly salary” as at other restaurants. This is a restaurant that stands out a bit from the crowd of restaurants on this street.

Laekjarbrekka

The former restaurant in the multi-house Perlan has moved with Lækjarbrekka and perhaps created the best restaurant in Reykjavik.

The address is Bankastræti 2 and you enter the most legendary premises in Reykjavik when you dine here. Bon Appetit.

Nightlife in Reykjavik

Although beer was actually banned until 1989 (!), Iceland now produces several types of beer, which are consumed in large quantities on Friday and Saturday nights in downtown Reykjavik. You can buy wine at all bars and restaurants, but it is always expensive and imported. The only type of “wine” produced in Iceland is brandy wine, but this is mostly consumed by tourists or Reykjavik’s most weary and sleepy residents.

The local beer is good but expensive. It’s not without reason that people come when it’s happy hour!

There are countless places to start the party. We suggest KEX hospital (for the slightly younger ones). Find the door at Skulagata 26 and take the stairs up to the bar.

For the slightly older, Kaffebarin is the place. The address is crossed Bergstadastrædi and Laugavegur. The place is near legendary. The way we experience the place is a bar with a popular atmosphere and good drinks and friendly service. NB You don’t go here for cocktails!

Later you just have to stroll Laugavegur up and down bars and again bars.