A dramatic land of ice and fire, Iceland presents visitors with a breath taking spectacle of cascading waterfalls, vast glaciers and spouting geysers. Steeped in the legends of the Norsemen of old, it is a wild and romantic place that enjoys the distinction of being one of the most geologically active destinations anywhere on earth. Iceland can quite literally be described as a country very much on the move...both culturally and geologically!
A country of less than 400,000 people, it sits along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, sandwiched between the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. First settled by the Norse invaders in the 9th century, Iceland enjoys the distinction of not only being one of the least populated countries in Europe, but also home to the world’s oldest parliamentary democracy. Over half of the population live in the country’s thriving capital, Reykjavik, a chic collection of stylish restaurants, vibrant bars and Nordic architecture that lies along the southern shores of Faxaflói Bay.
But it is Iceland’s landscapes that provide the real draw. The interior of the country is simply out of this world, with unimaginable views at every turn. This is the land that inspired Jules Verne to set his ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ here and, once you take in the spectacular sights of Sneafellsjokull, the Golden Falls of Gullfoss and the Great Geysir, it is easy to understand why. In a land of seemingly endless natural beauty, one of Iceland’s most famous attractions though, and certainly its most popular, is the Blue Lagoon, a unique geothermal spa that is justifiably considered one of the natural wonders of the world.