Iceland Travel Guide

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Iceland is a very peculiar country, located in Northern Europe, with a population of just 317,000 people (similar to the population of a medium sized city in any other country) and a land mass of 103,000 square kilometers.

But you know that saying, strong fragrances are kept in the smallest bottles, right?

Well, I don’t know about perfume and all that, but Iceland can definitely be described as an awesomely cute little country, petite size is the best and all that jazz.

And to prove that Iceland’s people are very smart, the country’s industry was built and it heavily relies on tourism to this day.

Basically, Iceland is a tiny dot in the Atlantic ocean, located between America and Scandinavia, a sort of no-man’s land, and it’s abundant in natural wonders.

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If you remember the 2008 meltdown, which is described as “THE financial crisis” of the 21th century, let me tell you that Iceland was very badly hit, but the good news is that it’s recovered almost 100 percent. Also, Iceland is, at least to my knowledge, the only country that prosecuted and jailed its “banksters”.

That says a lot about small government and small communities vs the hyper-centralized state of affairs most of us live in, don’t you think folks?

Getting back to business, i.e. traveling in Iceland, this petite country can be defined as the land of ice and fire, where hundreds of thousands of visitors are flocking each year for admiring its dramatic landscapes and its wilderness national parks.

The fire I was talking about before is represented by the country’s impressive number of (still active, some of them at least) volcanoes, which have the bad habit from time to time. I mean, Iceland still enjoys live eruptions, as its volcanoes burst regularly into life, and sometimes with pretty dramatic consequences for EU’s aviation. Think big clouds of ash and smoke and you’re starting to getting the idea.

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Also, Iceland is a place where Hell is very close to the surface, i.e. the elemental forces of the Earth are just below the surface in lots of places, bubbling and heating the water in Iceland’s swimming pools and taps, creating almost alien landscapes of multicolored mineral sands and twisted lava.

A visit to Iceland is like taking a trip on a distant planet, mark my words folks.

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Hence, volcanic and “tectonic” tourism is a flourishing industry in Iceland, offering the intrepid traveler various types of fun, including trips to boiling fumaroles, where you can admire in awe live lava flows, not to mention the most famous geyser in the world, the mighty Geysir, which blows in rage every 2 to 4 minutes, like clockwork.

Due to the very alive and kicking tectonic activity, there are thermal springs on the surface all over Iceland, heating the waters of the epic Blue Lagoon, a surreal and eerie natural swimming pool, encircled by an alien landscape of molten and tortured lava. Also, the thermal springs of Iceland provide the tourist resorts (which are great!) with hot spots all over the nation’s beaches, and they come pretty handy as Iceland is a cold place to live in most of the year, as you can imagine from its name.

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Iceland is also the home of glaciers,  sliding down towards the coast during the summer season, making for calving icebergs creating eerie looking lagoons.

While in Iceland, you can take any number of glacier tours,  snowmobile-driven or on foot, old-school, or even on the back of an Icelandic pony. All these are Iceland national sports, making for an interesting and life changing experience, in case you survive the trip.

I’m just kidding folks. What lures so many tourists in Iceland however is the quirky, sometimes “dangerous” nature of the Icelandic people, which are fiercely independent, creative and even eccentric, very fun companions, especially during the endless summer days when the country’s capital Reykjavik is under the runtur bar crawl, which rages on every street.

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So, just come here, gaze on a glacier, trek over a lava field, spot a puffin or a whale, enjoy a dish of one of Europe’s strangest cuisine, seek for the Northern Lights braving the snows in the endless winters, enjoy the glory of Iceland, a country still untouched by even the lightest pollution in the least populated country of Europe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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