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When you think of the North, to mind probably come chunks of ice and centuries-old icebergs, sparkling white snow and white bears lazily moving across the frozen waters. Yes, the North is cold, but the invisible hand of the artistic genius, called Nature creates here unique images and landscapes that are difficult to imagine, even with the most advanced fantasy. In fact, nature is the main attraction of the northern countries to which Iceland belongs. This is the most extreme northern European country with the lowest number of inhabitants, which has such natural areas, like deserts, volcanoes and vast areas covered with ice, where you can see the landscapes of unique beauty.
Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, located in Höfuðborgarsvæðið region and is the most northerly capital in Europe with a population of just over 100,000 inhabitants, although in recent years there has been noted a massive increase in population.
If you are planning a trip to Iceland you must remember that this country is not the member of the European Union, although part of the Schengen zone. Reykjavik offers visitors a unique architecture and a lively nightlife, full of night clubs, pubs and discos.
Close up of the Icelandic capital, just 40 kilometers away, there is a lake called by Icelanders the Blue Lagoon of Grindavik, which is the best known geothermal lake in Iceland. The water of this lake is always of unique turquoise color because its bottom is rich in minerals and specific algae. The water temperature is always around 39 ° C and the lake has numerous useful and rejuvenating properties.
Gullfoss Waterfall is the most impressive sight in Iceland. It originates from Hvítá River and then divided into two large waterfall of 32-meter of height. The noise generated from falling water, just deafening. In the summer months due to sun rays and water vapor from the waterfall, you can often see the beautiful colors of the rainbow.
Also unique sensation can be experienced at the sight of Geyser in Iceland. In fact, the word geyser comes from Icelandic verb – flash. To the absolute delight of tourists and travelers coming from all over the world to see this particular natural phenomenon, geyser Strokkur spewing a column of hot water of 20-30 meters every 5 to 10 minutes.
Nature lovers can also visit Thingvellir National Park, disposed about 50 km from the capital, which has a great historical and natural value. In fact, the park is placed on a tectonic fault line of European and American continental plate. An interesting historical fact is that this is the place where was founded the oldest parliament in the world in the year 930, and here was declared the country’s independence.