The land of Fire and Ice – Iceland
IBN BATTUTA once said “TRAVELING – IT LEAVES YOU SPEECHLESS, THEN TURNS YOU INTO A STORYTELLER.” So come out of the comfort zone to explore. So let’s go through the Land of Fire and Ice- ICELAND.
Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean, with a population of 356,991 and an area of 103,000 km2 , making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík.
Iceland is volcanically and geologically active. The interior consists of a plateau characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains, and glaciers, and many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands.
Much of Iceland’s cuisine is based on fish, lamb, and dairy products, with little to no use of herbs or spices. Due to the island’s climate, fruits and vegetables are not generally a component of traditional dishes, although the use of greenhouses has made them more common in contemporary food.
Sport is an important part of Icelandic culture, as the population is generally quite active. The main traditional sport in Iceland is Glíma, a form of wrestling thought to have originated in medieval times.
There are some of the most attractive tourist spots of Iceland which no one can miss.
The capital of Iceland Reykjavik, on the coast of Iceland, is the largest city. It’s home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history.
Gullfoss means Golden Falls, and it gets its name from the brownish hue of its water. These falls are truly magnificent and are known for being the largest volume falls in all of Europe. It is also notable for having two distinct drops that are at right angles to each other.
The Blue Lagoon is one of the first things that comes to most people’s minds when they think about famous tourist attractions in Iceland. This geothermal spa is located in Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula. The manmade lake is fed by superheated seawater vented from a nearby lava flow.
Located in northern Iceland, Myvatn is a shallow lake that is famous for the large number of birds that can be seen here. Some of the many species that frequent this lake include several species of ducks, common loons and whooper swans.
Seljalandsfoss is one of Iceland’s most popular waterfalls. Part of its popularity is probably due to the fact that visitors can actually walk behind this waterfall — a unique, perhaps once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most.
Icelanders are known for their strong sense of community and lack of social isolation. It held us to ransom with its exquisite landscape with the bonus of comfort and good local hospitality. Iceland is not less than a truly blessed country. Do visit this beautiful country at least once!
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