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Top five activities to do when in Iceland

Beautiful Nordic landscape from spectacular Iceland including mighty Gullfoss waterfall partly frozen in ice.
Beautiful Nordic landscape from spectacular Iceland including mighty Gullfoss waterfall partly frozen in ice.

Although Iceland is a short flight away, you will feel far from home as the Land of Fire and Ice is filled with breathtaking natural wonders and stunning sights.

Here are five activities you must do during your trip to Iceland.

1. Unwind in the Blue Lagoon

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Blue Lagoon panorama. Reykjav.
 

The Blue Lagoon, a man-made geothermal spa, is in a lava field on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Its warm waters, kept at a perfect temperature, 37°- 39°, are rich in minerals.

Around the perimeter there are buckets full of clay, which you can apply to your skin and will make you feel more invigorated. You can even relax with a drink in a bar located right in the Blue Lagoon!

2. Explore the capital

The city of Reykjavik is compact and although there are not many historic buildings due to the country’s volcanic and earthquake activities, it’s still a charming capital city to explore. The Hallgrímskirkja is a church completed in 1974 and it’s a very distinctive building.

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Hallgrimskirkja Church and Statue

You can go to the top of Hallgrímskirkja and get a fantastic view of Reykjavik. Take a walk along the seafront and see the amazing Sun Voyager sculpture and the impressive Harpa Concert Hall, which looks even more amazing when it lights up in the evening. Make sure to grab a delicious hot dog from the famous stand Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur, which roughly translates as “The Best Hotdogs in Town”!

3. Take the Golden Circle route

The Golden Circle is a popular tourist route which takes in several of Iceland’s famous sites. Þingvellir, Iceland’s most important historical location, is where the Vikings established the world’s first democratic parliament in 930 AD. It also happens to be situated where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet

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Geyser

Gullfoss, which means ‘golden waterfall’ in Icelandic, is one of the country’s most iconic and stunning sights. The Strokkur is a geyser, which erupts approximately every 10 minutes, in the geothermal area of Haukadalur valley and is a fun natural display to watch.

4. Go whale watching

Whale watching in Iceland is an incredible experience, you can easily book a trip online, and you’ll have the opportunity to spot various wildlife, such as Minke Whales, Harbour Porpoises, Puffins, Gannets, Humpback Whales and Orcas.

5. See the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights is one of the most spectacular shows on earth and seeing them is a real once in a lifetime experience. Although sightings of the Northern Lights are never a guarantee, to increase your chances to see them it’s recommended to visit Iceland between October and April.

Is Iceland on your travel list? Go to www.belfasttelegraphtravel.co.uk and start planning your short break.

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