Iceland, a Nordic island nation, is defined by its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields. Massive glaciers are protected in Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull national parks. The Nordic island of Iceland has become an incredibly popular place to travel in recent years.
I’m very sure the first thing that comes to our mind when we hear the Iceland is Ice and of cold.
CLIMATE OF ICELAND
According to Wikipedia weather report in Winter;
The Icelandic winter is relatively mild for its latitude. The southerly lowlands of the island average around 0 °C (32 °F) in winter, while the Highlands of Iceland tend to average around −10 °C (14 °F). The lowest temperatures in the northern part of the island range from around −25 to −30 °C (−13 to −22 °F). The lowest temperature on record is −39.7 °C (−39.5 °F)
The average July temperature in the southern part of the island is 10–13 °C (50–55 °F). Warm summer days can reach 20–25 °C (68–77 °F). The highest temperature recorded was 30.5 °C (86.9 °F) at the Eastern fjords in 1939. Annual average sunshine hours in Reykjavík are around 1300, which is similar to towns in Scotland and Ireland.
10 INCREDIBLE NATURAL PLACES IN ICELAND
Hornstrandir is a nature reserve located in the Westfjords, in the North West of Iceland. The total area covers 580 km2 (220 sq mi) of tundra, cliffsides, flowering fields and ice. The glacier, Drangajökull, sits to the region’s southern area. The nature reserve was established in 1975.
The Hornstrandir nature reserve is one of the most beautiful places here in Iceland.
The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland in a location favorable for Geothermal power, and is supplied by water used in the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power station.
The Blue Lagoon is not a natural phenomenon. While Iceland is a country brimming with natural hot springs, the Blue Lagoon isn’t one of them. The land is natural, as is the lava that shapes the pool, but the water is actually the result of runoff from the geothermal plant next door.
The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37–39 °C (99–102 °F).
The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis.
Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall Iceland on the Snæfellsness peninsular and Kirkjufells has become the most photographer mountain in Iceland.
The Snaefellsnes peninsula in West Iceland is home to many amazing natural sites, including theKirkjufellsfoss waterfall just in front of Kirkjufell.
- STROKKUR GEYSER
Strokkur (Icelandic for “churn”) is a fountain geyser located in a geothermal area beside the Hvítá River in Iceland in the southwest part of the country, east of Reykjavík. It is one of Iceland’s most famous geysers, erupting once every 6–10 minutes.
Its usual height is 15–20 m, although it can sometimes erupt up to 40 m high.
Gullfoss is a waterfall located in the canyon of Hvítá river in southwest Iceland. Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland.
The wide Hvítá river rushes southward, and about a kilometre above the falls it turns sharply to the right and flows down into a wide curved three-step “staircase” and then abruptly …
Svartifoss waterfall. Svartifoss is one of the unique waterfalls in South-Iceland. It situated in Skaftafell, which belongs to Vatnajökull National park.
Svartifoss waterfall is a stunning 20 m high waterfall in the Skaftafell National Park. Its distinctive feature are the black basalt columns that surround it.
- JOKULSARLON GLACIER LAGOON
Jokulsarlon, Iceland. The landscape is full of broken icebergs, streaked blue and black, floating with the tide, occasionally breaking apart in a mighty crash. This is Jökulsárlón glacier lagoonin Iceland. Jokulsarlon iceberg lagoon is Iceland’s deepest and most spectacular glacial lake, beloved by tourists.
The Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is one of the most amazing natural wonders of Iceland and one of the most popular attractions for travelers to visit. The lagoon started to form in 1934 when the glacier started to retreat in the area.
- ASBYRGI LAGOON
Located in the north of Iceland, at a distance of about 65 km from the harbor town of Husavik, within Vatnajökull National Park, lies an enormous horseshoe shaped depression called theAsbyrgi Canyon.
The canyon is 3.5 km long and 1 km wide, and its steep sides are formed by cliffs up to 100 metres
- REYNISFJARA BEACH
This black sand beach is it a truly unique place to visit.
Reynisfjara is a world-famous black-sand beach found on the South Coast of Iceland, just beside the small fishing village of Vík í Mýrdal.
With its enormous basalt stacks, roaring Atlantic waves and stunning panoramas,
Reynisfjara is widely considered to be the most beautiful black sand beach.
Grjótagjá is a small lava cave and the thermal spring is inside. The water is heated from volcanic activity deep within the earth.
It is a hidden cave in North Iceland filled with hot water.
There you have it my lovelies… Iceland is indeed beautiful.
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