Travel to Iceland – A few good Reasons
Iceland is a magical island, where nature casts a spell on any visitor. You’ll be awestruck by pristine landscapes no matter the season. Majestic waterfalls are lined up in all parts of the country, lava fields are ever present, from yesterday’s eruption or overgrown by moss. Geysers gush, hot springs bubble and glaciers grind their pathways through the mountains. It is a symphony of the elements in a land still in the making. This is where man has learned to adapt to the quirks of nature and make use of its boundless energy. Icelanders swim in hot pools, grow tomatoes in greenhouses, heat their houses with thermal waters and produce energy by the power from waterfalls.
Read your tour program carefully and compare it to other offers. You will find that on your tour no time is wasted. You will see and experience all the natural phenomena listed in the above. You will swim in the Blue Lagoon, traverse endless lava fields, walk on a glacier, inspect the heating system of the capital, be awed by some of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls and see as many bubbling hot springs to last you a lifetime. And on your tour – during the midst of winter – there is an extra bonus – Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights, best seen in Iceland of all places.
Icelanders are extraordinary. A visit is as much about the people as it is about the landscapes. The warmth of Icelanders is disarming, as is their industriousness. It is as if the power of Icelandic nature releases an extra measure of energy in its people. These are the descendants of Vikings who braved the ocean and beyond to make their mark in places as far as Constantinople (Istanbul). They settled this island that borders the Arctic Circle, created the world’s oldest parliament and over time developed a cultural life which celebrates a literary legacy that stretches from medieval Sagas to Nobel Prize winners. Icelanders are fiercely proud of their country, heritage and language. An Icelander is individualistic, creative and full of initiative. Witness a nation of scant 330,000 people who operate a sovereign country, with airlines, universities, hospitals, theaters, hotels … all in the shadow of 130 active and extinct volcanoes.
Icelandic Food is in some ways different from what you are used to, but hardly something to be concerned about. Most meals are included in your tour price and you are likely to bring back memories from some excellent meals. Breakfast is buffet style and you can pick and choose from a variety of items. You should try skyr , somewhat similar as yogurt, mixed with milk and served with sugar or Icelandic blueberries. Icelanders claim that their lamb is the best in the world. Once you have tried a meal of hangikjöt (smoked lamb) or an Icelandic rack of lamb, you might agree,
and actually understand the reasons why, when you see the pretty sheep who merrily roam free in the highlands.
Something as mundane as a hot dog becomes a delicacy in Iceland, where people line up at kiosks in downtown Reykjavík for a pylsa með öllu (hot dog with everything). The Icelandic hot dogs contain lamb, which gives them an unusual flavor. You will find the variety and quality of seafood unbelievable in Iceland, as one would expect on an island surrounded by Arctic waters of cod, haddock, monkfish, herring, skate, lobster and salmon. The more adventurous visitor will be fascinated by a variety of traditional Icelandic food items, – sheep heads, fermented shark, seal flippers, and various sea birds.
Icelandic Horses are loved and admired by all visitors to Iceland. Horses were first brought to Iceland by the Vikings who settled the country in the years 874 > 930. For nine centuries, no other horses were brought to Iceland and now the Icelandic breed is one of the purest in the world. Over time the horses toughened by harsh weather conditions, volcanic eruptions and other natural disasters. They developed into the now famous Icelandic horse, known for its amazing strength, sure-footedness, stamina and endurance.