The midnight sun offers the most amazing sunset you will ever see on the west part of Iceland, where sun seems to take forever to go down to the horizon and as soon as it disappears it is rising again. Those long summer nights are a dream for photographers. Reykjavik is perfectly situated for this experiences and we can recommend the lighthouse at Grótta as a perfect place for this.
Iceland is on the forefront of the use of geothermal energy for heating and more and more also in using it for making electricity as well. This has transformed our country from one of the poorest countries in Europe to the one with the highest standard of living. Iceland has many offsprings of our geothermal energy like the Blue Lagoon, Reykjadalur, Krauma, and the Secret Lagoon together with geothermal swimming pool in almost every town in Iceland and seven in Reykjavik alone opened from 6:30 till 22:00.
“We come from the land of the ice and snow From the midnight sun, where the hot springs flow”
1970, Led Zeppelin
In most of the glaciers in Iceland you have activity such as ice cave tours, super jeep tours, hiking, snowmobiling and ice climbing to name a few. The biggest man made glacier tunnel in the world has been realised in the icecap of Langjökull, initiated by glaciologists and scientists and has become a popular place to visit.
The Volcanic activity in Iceland is high and in total there are 200 volcanoes from 30 volcanic systems. On average an eruption occurs every 4 years. Many activities take place around volcanoes, such as hiking, lava tunnel expeditions and recently, a unique opportunity to enter deep into a massive magma chamber of a dormant volcano; Thríhnjúkagígur. It’s the only one in the world which is safe to enter.
The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis is a natural phenomenon that happens when sun storms send charged solar particles in the direction of the Earth and strike atoms and molecules in our planet’s magnetic field, causing them to react and light up. The colour being predominantly green can also include pink, red, violet and white. The Northern Lights attract yearly millions of tourists in the Northern regions and Iceland is no exception. The Northern Lights can be seen when the conditions are right in the Northern Hemisphere or at latitude between 66 to 69 degrees north.
Icelandic cuisine is known for fermented sharks, dry fish, boiled lamb heads and blood pudding. Sounds appetising? But don’t worry, this is not the everyday diet of the common icelander. Icelandic food is delicious, thanks to our natural resources of raw material at the doorstep. The North Atlantic Ocean surrounding Iceland is the source for fresh fish and the tradition to letting our lambs run free during summer provides us with lamb meat with natural flavor of wilderness. In recent decades more and more vegetables are grown in greenhouses powered by renewable energy and clean Icelandic water.
Music is engraved in our culture and we still sing our folk songs about life, love,
winter, summer, elves and trolls. Icelandic music has been on the rise, securing us a place on the international map thanks to artists such as Björk, Sigur Rós, Of Monster and Men, Gus Gus and Retro Stefson to name but a few.
Festivals in Iceland are getting bigger and better attracting both Icelandic and international talents. The most prominent festivals are Iceland Airways and Secret Solstice.
Iceland’s most spectacular and powerful waterfalls can be found in rivers originating from glaciers. Gullfoss waterfall is one of Iceland’s most prominent waterfalls, dropping down a few levels within the great canyon of Hvítá glacial river. This waterfall and others you can see on guided tours and self-driving expeditions. Justin Bieber’s music video “I’ll Show You” was shot in
Iceland during his visit in 2017 and features the south coast waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss.
Jökulsárlón is Iceland’s biggest glacier lagoon and is situated under Vatnajökull glacier which towers over the breathtaking and ever transforming ice-landscape. James Bond, Lara Croft and Batman have all paid a visit to the lagoon securing it on the pop culture map. Not a bad company that. Jökulsárlón, Iceland’s biggest and best-known glacier lagoon is growing in size each year and it’s currently Iceland’s deepest lake at 250 m. Icebergs continuously break off from the outlet glacier Breiðamerkurjökull creating the picturesque scenery. The second biggest glacier lagoon Fjallsárlón and a close neighbour of Jökulsárlón has become a tourist attraction in the recent years and popular for zodiac boat tours.
Haukadalur is the home of Geysir; the famous erupting hot spring. Currently Geysir is dormant, but little neighbour Strokkur erupts every 6-10 minutes and spews boiling hot water up to 25 m / 82 ft high. This is truly a geothermal fairytale landscape, which sparks colourful hills and steamy hot springs. Geysir can be found on the golden circle together with Thingvellir National Park and waterfall Gullfoss.