With new figures showing that Iceland is becoming increasingly popular among holidaymakers – over 4,100 Britons visited last month alone – we thought it was time to list the top ten essential sights to see on your cheap holidays in this quirky Scandinavian destination. Here’s part one:
- The Thingvellir Historic Site is the country’s premier cultural and historical treasures, containing the location of Iceland’s first Parliament – the name Thingvellir means “parliament meadows” – and is billed as “Where Europe Meets North America” as it is directly between the continental drift of the Eurasian and NorthAmerican plates.
- The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa – one of the most famous in the world, these naturally heated pools boast cosy temperatures of between 36C and 40C and offer in-water massages and other spa treatments it is easily reached on the way to Reykavik’s Keflavik Airport.
- On Iceland’s south coast lies the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon – a natural wonder that is awe-inspiring when seen from the sea. Boat trips are easily booked to sail among the glaciers and observe the massive chunks of ice that have broken away.
- For that adventurous feeling, why not take a trip to Mýrdalsjökull glacier, atop the volcano Katla. Tours of varing intensity are widely available, most with opportunities to climb upon the dazzling blue ice.
- The Gullfoss Waterfalls are a sight to stir the spirit, with a massive double cascading waterfall lying in a deep canyon on the Hivita River where the water crashes down over 100 feet. There are an abundance of viewing platforms, while a gift shop and café allows the visitor to refresh themselves after taking in the view – and taking a few photos!