The land before time: Iceland
Better to see once — it’s about Iceland. All synonyms to the word “beautiful” over here in the first day. And when at the next turn opens another incredible landscape, I can only say “ohhh!”. Beauty is everywhere — unreal and vivid as a hallucination. However, what else to expect from a country where Bjork — is this normal?
May 25, 2019 at 15:55
Strictly speaking, in Iceland you have only two paths: right or left. The only official road – County highway on which the tourist magnets write “No. 1 and Only”, – goes around the entire island, and to see the country, you need to make it a full circle, driving 1339 km.
The most populated part of Iceland the West coast. Here is located the international airport and the capital reykjavík (there is a population of two thirds of the population), the largest and most famous geothermal Spa Blue lagoon and Thingvellir national Park in the valley, where since 930 was about the Icelandic Althingi, the oldest Parliament in Western Europe. Nearby there are two famous local sights – the valley of geysers and the “Golden waterfall” Gullfoss. This classic route is always especially a lot of tourists.
Waterfalls in Iceland is not less than the subway stations in the Tokyo subway, is due to the large number of glaciers and the special structure of the continental crust on the island.
As to the South of the island – go there to see the incredibly beautiful black beaches with bizarre rock formations, glacial lagoon full of icebergs, and that the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, whose name in vain you will try to pronounce the whole trip.
East coast – on the contrary, the most underrated part of Iceland. There are no monuments protected by the UNESCO, in the largest city Hofn, according to Wikipedia, lives of 2167 people, and on the road and gravel sections more than asphalt. But the local cosmic landscapes could be used as a backdrop for a movie like “Solaris.”
The most deserted beaches in the region East.
North Iceland lovers will appreciate the wildlife. The fur seal rookeries, the best place for whale watching – it’s all here. As the most beautiful lake Myvatn, surrounded by geysers, thermal pools and magnificent lava fields.
In principle, having made the circle of honor for the County highway, you will see almost all of the most beautiful and interesting part of Iceland. But if you have time, better yet a couple of times to move out of the ring. Firstly, to visit the West fjords – the most desolate and wild part of the island. There are practically no roads, but this is one of the few places where you can see in nature is the unofficial symbol of the country – Arctic puffins: the best viewing platform to observe these adorable birds perched on a promontory Latrabjarg. Well, the second time to leave the main road makes sense for the reserve Landmannalaugar with its fantastic mountains, shimmering with all the colors of the rainbow – believe me, it’s a sight you will remember for a lifetime.
A 15-metre cliff Hvitserkur Peninsula Vatnsnes resembles either an elephant, or a dragon. The base is reinforced concrete, so that the waves are not left without your favorite tourists attractions.
Diminutive Icelandic horses and Northern shaggy sheep in Iceland you will meet far more often than men. Wait five minutes, and the animals will let you get quite close.
Schengen (€35), the paperwork takes about a week.
The best time is from may to September, to see puffins only from June to mid-August.
How to get
Finnair (finnair.com) offers convenient flights with a short stopover in Helsinki, the flight out of budget and not tedious.
Escaping from depression, peculiar to the inhabitants of the Northern regions, the residents of Reykjavik paint the walls of houses in all colors of the rainbow.
The most famous geyser of Iceland so called Big geyser. Schedule its eruptions are unpredictable, but the neighboring Strokkur gushes regularly every 10 minutes.
Between settlements buses, route maps and schedules – publictransport.is.
But it is better to rent a car, and four-wheel drive on many roads the traffic is allowed only for SUVs. From Avis (avisrussia.ru), the services available at the airport, there are good deals on insurance with full coverage, round-the-clock technical support and discounts on gas.
Eight design eco hotels Icelandair (icelandairhotels.com) located all along the circular route of approximately day of the move: in addition to ironic their interiors plus good restaurants and excursions.
In Reykjavik there are international hotels, for example, a solid Radisson Blu Saga (radissonblu.com), and boutique hotels with local brands like ION design City Hotel on the main shopping street in his best room has a terrace with sauna. The second hotel of this brand ION Adventure Hotel is located close to a Park Thingvellir, it itself is an architectural landmark and is known as one of the best restaurants (ioniceland.is).
Traditional houses with roofs of turf in the village of borgarfjordur Eystri.
Guaranteed opportunity to see whales, Safari in Akureyri and Husavik from the operator, for example, Húsavik Adventures (husavikadventures.is). To see whales quite close, and choose kayaking or “the zodiac” (beautiful but cold), and prefer a more comfortable stay – take a cruise on a boat, dreaming of romance – go on a sailing schooner. Impressive opportunity to see Iceland from the height of a helicopter tour, Reykjavik Helicopters (reykjavikhelicopters.com). It is better to provide the program a spare day in case of bad weather.
The main components of the Icelandic cuisine is fish, lamb and potatoes. Lovers of unusual experiences should try fermented shark – haukal. Fish left to rot in the sand at 1.5–3 months, then dried in the sun 3-4 months – and it turns out yellowish-gray meat with a strong smell, not cheese, not ammonia. The taste is more mild than the aroma: if you can put a piece in your mouth, swallow it – no problem.
Traveling around the island, do some Spa stops. In the famous Blue Lagoon (bluelagoon.com) it makes sense to call on arrival or before departure: the property is near the airport, and many companies offer transfers with a break for water treatments. On the North coast don’t miss Mývatn Baths Natura (myvatnnaturebaths.is) with pools of natural origin. And on the West coast – Krauma Thermal Spa (krauma.is) from the farm to the restaurant.