Iceland, also known as the land of fire and ice, lies just below the polar circle. In fact, Iceland is known for its fascinating landscapes, authentic towns and natural beauty. The destination offers various natural exploring places, such as - volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, lava fields and giant glaciers. Due to the rich nature and different landscapes around Iceland, there is always something to discover. The country has developed in such a way that it can offer a lot of fun outdoor activities in every season.Read more about holiday cottages in Iceland
Iceland, also known as the land of fire and ice, lies just below the polar circle. In fact, Iceland is known for its fascinating landscapes, authentic towns and natural beauty. The destination offers various natural exploring places, such as - volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, lava fields and giant glaciers. Due to the rich nature and different landscapes around Iceland, there is always something to discover. The country has developed in such a way that it can offer a lot of fun outdoor activities in every season.
Iceland is the least populated country in Europe. In fact, two thirds of the inhabitants live on the southwest coast. Most commonly, around the capital of Iceland - Reykjavik. When you move to the North, farther from the capital, you will be able to discover beautiful nature. In addition, between the fascinating landscapes you will be able to enjoy a peaceful environment around you and recharge your energy and positive emotions. Besides the unique nature, it is a must to visit the city of Reykjavik and discover its surroundings and feel the vibe of the city.
Flora and fauna
One of the most interesting characteristics of Iceland is that there are almost no trees on the island. This can be explained due to the colonization, as all the present forests were cut down. After this, a desertification process took place. Through the volcanic ash and the strong winds ir resulted sandstorms. For this reason, it had a significant impact on the cut down trees, resulting in really slow growth. However, the trees that are present are limited to spruce, dwarf willows, dwarf birches and scrubland. Although the island consists largely of pebbles, rocks and arctic desert landscapes, grass, mosses and lichens occur. In addition, orchids can also be found in certain places. Iceland's only forest is over 1200 hectares and can be found at Hallormsstadur in East Iceland.
For most mammals, Iceland is very difficult to reach. However, the exception is birds. The only land mammal that managed to reach the island is the arctic fox. The mammals that are currently present on the island have been introduced accidentally or intentionally. For example, minks and reindeers were imported intentionally. In the neighborhood of Egilsstadir it is possible to come across large reindeer herds. Polar bears do not occur on the island, but a set-up specimen can be seen in Húsavík. There are two types of seals that live on the coast - the common seal and the cone seal or gray seal. In the clear waters around Iceland a lot of fish species can be found, such as - trout, salmon, flatfish, eel, the brook knight, cod and the three-spined spiny bass. Mammals, such as whales and dolphins also can be found. In addition, it is possible to go on a boat trip and if you are lucky, spot them! The whales tend to appear at the beginning of June and leave at the end of August. Seesaw dolphins and orcas can also be regularly spotted!
Iceland is the perfect destination for bird lovers. Huge seabird colonies can be found along the coasts. Places like - cliffs, lakes, rivers, beach plains and marshes provide the best breeding ground for the birds. The most common birds along the coast are - alk, guillemot, puffin, fulmar and kittiwake. However, also other different bird species can be found, such as - harlequin duck, icelandic spectacle diver, wild swan and eider duck.
The natural phenomenon makes the country full of activities stimulating people to visit and discover Iceland. The most popular activity is looking for the northern lights. Regularly it can be seen between September and April. In Iceland you can build unforgettable memories by visiting an ice cave! The second largest glacier in Iceland is the Langjökull glacier. It is about 500 meters long and about 40 meters deep. If you are planning to visit Iceland only for a few days, you must rent a car or take a tour that goes through the Golden Circle route. This route is approximately 300 kilometers long. However, it is a very valuable experience as you will pass a number of highlights of the destination. The Golden Circle route includes stopovers at must see places like - Gullfoss, Geysir and Pingvellir.
Iceland is known as the land of the midnight sun. In Reykjavík it will not get dark at night from May 21 until July 30, as the sun barely sets in summer. Around the summer solstice, the sun is visible for the full 24 hours in the Westfjords and North Iceland. This is good news if you are traveling in summer and want extra time to discover the country. This natural phenomenon makes it possible to take a trip to a waterfall in the evening, or visit another highlight. Evenings are the best time to visit the most popular areas as it is very busy during the daytime. A "must-do" if traveling to Iceland in summer is to visit the Blue Lagoon. Relax in this clear blue water that can reach 37 ° C! You can also take a boat trip in the summer to spot whales, kayaking, hiking, go horse riding or swimming. Do you opt for easy going and relaxing holidays? Then stay at one of the Nature.house unique houses! Choose the location and the environment that will allow you to experience the beauty right in front of your yard!
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