Iceland is an amazing country where people live without surnames, speaking the language of the 12th century and believing in elves. Horses covered with a wool gallop through the black lava fields, the mountains shine with all the colors of the rainbow, and geysers beat from the ground. It is impossible not to love Iceland because it is here that you can:
1. Ride an Icelandic horse on a volcanic plain
Iceland has many volcanic plains with craters of cooled volcanoes and black lava sand. On the plains often graze stocky horses with the growth of ponies, which every winter acquire thick hair and are not afraid of the cold. Icelandic horses are calm and friendly, quickly walk on ice and sharp stones, so a horseback riding tour is the most pleasant way to visit the volcanic plain.
2. See a giant glacier and visit the ice cave
Glaciers are most convenient to admire in the Thorsmerk valley, surrounded by mountains with three glaciers. In the valley grow groves of low birches, rivers flow, several huge glacier tongues slide down from the mountains, which can be reached by car. And the most beautiful ice caves can be visited in the Skaftafell National Park, the Svinafellsjokull glacier. The ice caves with a rare, bright blue shade of ice are open to the public all year round.
3. Walk through the valley of geysers
In the valley of geysers Haukadalur, there are more than two hundred geysers. The largest and most famous are Strokkur and the Old Geyser, which erupt several times an hour. Strokkur spews a fountain of hot water to a height of ten to fifty meters. In the valley of geysers, you can move freely and watch the eruptions.
4. Admire the northern lights over the waterfall
The northern part of Iceland is almost beyond the Arctic Circle, and in winter, there are often northern lights. It is impossible to know exactly when the northern lights will appear. Most often, it occurs on clear, cold, windless nights. But it is known that Icelanders consider the most beautiful northern lights over the waterfalls Selfoss, Dettifoss, and Godafoss.
5. Swim in the Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is a huge geothermal basin on the Reykjanes Peninsula in the southwest of the country, an hour’s drive from Reykjavik. The lava rock that makes up the peninsula is so porous that it passes seawater, forming underground cavities at different depths, heated by lava. In 1976, a geothermal power plant was built on the peninsula, next to which a blue lake with healing water was soon formed. Black lava stones surround the light blue lagoon, and the water has a temperature of about 40 degrees all year round and has healing properties thanks to minerals, sulfur, and algae.
6. Visit the Landmannalaugar Mountains, similar to Martian landscapes
The Landmannalaugar Mountains consist of the volcanic rock rhyolite, which contains interspersed many minerals that form shades of all colors of the rainbow. At the foot of the mountains lie black lava fields, white steam comes out of the ground, and hot springs beat, bathing in which is free. There are many hiking trails in the mountains, and there are campsites with parking lots and shops near the thermal springs. If you go by car, choose the F225, F208, and F26 highways: the best views of the colored mountain are from these.
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