Iceland is an isolated island on the very edge of Europe. It is a country of active volcanoes and eternal ice, boiling geysers and powerful waterfalls, deep fjords, and ice caves. In Iceland, there is a huge number of attractions to see. And is there any better way to enjoy something as beautiful as Iceland than doing so in the company of a girlfriend you love? We don’t think so. Thus, today we decided to outline 10 reasons to visit Iceland with your girlfriend.
1. Reykjavik – the northernmost capital of the world
Small, cozy, and country-like, this is how I would describe Reykjavik; it’s not at all like other European capitals. Once Reykjavik was a small settlement which was founded by the Norwegian Ingolf Arnarson. Now, it is the capital of Iceland and the largest city on the island.
2. Blue Lagoon
This is a huge open geothermal pool in the center of a frozen lava field on the Reykjanes Peninsula. The water in the Blue Lagoon has a turquoise hue and lots of healing properties. The average water temperature throughout the year here is + 37°C, so the lagoon is open for swimming all year round.
3. Haukadalur, the Valley of geysers
This is the only place in Europe where there are geysers. The largest geyser in the valley is called “Big Geyser” (Stori Geysir), but it is rarely active. Next to it is the more active Strokkur geyser, raising hot water fountains every 4 to 6 minutes. In total, you can find around 40 hot springs in the valley. If your girlfriend isn’t impressed by a sight like that, you may have some problems in your relationship. Her lack of interest, which is mind-boggling in this case, may be one of the signs that she is cheating on you, so be wary of that.
4. Skaftafell National Park
The largest national park in Europe is located in the south of Iceland. Here is the famous “black waterfall” Svartifoss. The waterfall is called black due to the black basalt rocks behind it. Another highlight of the park is the legendary ice caves. Scientists believe that these caves were formed during the centuries when rain and meltwater that fell inside the glacier slowly froze, turning into ice. In the huge compressed blocks of ice, sunlight shimmers with various sapphire shades, creating a fantastic atmosphere inside the caves. For the safety of tourists, ice caves are open to the public only in winter and at low temperatures.
5. Reynisfjara, the Black beach
One of the most “gothic” places on the planet. Just imagine: fine black sand, majestic black rocks, and lonely black basalt cliffs rising from the sea. Reynisfjara beach is not at all like those warm tropical beaches, but it has its own “gothic” beauty.
6. Iceland’s waterfalls
Iceland isn’t called “the land of waterfalls” for no reason – there are so many of them. The most beautiful waterfalls are considered to be Gullfoss, Godafoss, Skogafoss, Seljalands, and Hraunfossar Lava Falls.
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7. Majestic volcanoes
There are more than 200 volcanoes on the island. The most active volcano is Hekla. Since 874, Hekla erupted more than 20 times, and after each eruption, the hot lava turned the local area into a black desert. Because of this, it is very difficult to approach the volcano: there are impassable lava fields everywhere.
8. The fishermen’s settlement of Husavik
This is a picturesque fishing village located in the north of Iceland. Here, they organize special sea excursions, during which you can see sperm whales, dolphins, and other marine inhabitants of the Atlantic.
9. A unique breed of horses
Iceland is the birthplace of a unique breed of horses that look more like a pony. They are short, stocky, very hairy, with beautiful long manes. Icelanders believe that these horses were brought to the island by the Vikings more than a thousand years ago. The Vikings imported stunted horses in order to place them on their small ships. For centuries, these horses lived in complete isolation from other breeds, forming a completely new Icelandic horse breed.
10. The Thorsmork valley
This is a real kingdom of wild northern nature which has not changed much since the days of the warlike Vikings. Three huge glaciers protect the valley from the harsh northern climate all year round, creating its own microclimate over the valley. The landscape of the valley consists of turbulent mountain rivers, crystal clear streams, waterfalls, ravines, canyons, glacial lagoons, and a large number of low-growing plants.