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Iceland is the westernmost Nordic country in Europe. It is an island situated in the North Atlantic Ocean and is infamous for its volcanic activity causing disruption to the island and sometimes even for the rest of the world. Just a few years ago, in 2010, one of its active volcanoes (with an extremely complex name) erupted and caused havoc throughout Europe, grounding many planes and disrupting air transport for weeks on.
There is a wild side to this country, which draws people in on their holiday. Iceland has remarkable nature and unmatched culture and architecture. All of this combined is what leads people to its territory each year. The capital Reykjavik is at the heart of everything – tourism, politics and culture! Although it provides mostly a city landscape, Reykjavik is close to numerous nature wonders, which you can explore. We offer accommodation such as cottages, which allows you to enjoy both the city and its surroundings – parks and protected areas. Book your next holiday adventure with us, enjoy the cottages in and around Reykjavik, and explore the beauty of this island!
Lose (or find) yourself in Iceland’s nature
We understand that you might not have the time or means to travel far from the capital, and although the countryside is stunning, there is a lot to see and do if you prefer to stay close to Reykjavik, too. Our first recommendation is a beautiful woodland area at the heart of the city – Öskjuhlíð. Roam through the pine and birch forests and you will arrive at Perlan. This is a famous building on top of the hill, which includes an exhibition, a planetarium and an observation deck with a stunning panorama of Reykjavik.
As Iceland is an island, there is no way for us to skim mentioning a coastal spot. Seltjarnarnes is a little peninsula just outside of the city, opening to the ocean and an old lighthouse. This is one of the best places for photographs, especially during sunrise or sunset. This is the closest place to the capital where you can watch the Aurora!
Due to the terrain of Iceland, as you might have guessed already, hiking is a very popular activity. There are numerous forests and parks, which you can hike through, however there is one place, which we prefer. It is not an ordinary hiking spot and it is not as popular. Just a short drive from the city and close to Mosfellsbær, you will come across signs leading you on a hike. Passing through this wild area, you will eventually arrive at Tröllafoss – a beautiful waterfall surrounded by an even more beautiful canyon! If you prefer hiking up a mountain, mount Esja is among the more popular places to do that in Iceland. It is really close to the city and provides for a great daily trip and exercise.
Of course, if you have the chance, you should also explore the waters of Iceland. Yes, it is true that scuba diving and snorkeling are possible here. Thingvellir National Park is home to Silfa Lake – with a beautiful underwater “canyon” created by the tectonic plates clashing here.