Iceland is Europe’s westernmost country, and occupies a strategic location in the North Atlantic,  straddling the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, on the edge of the Arctic Circle. The average temperature is around 10 c because of the Golf stream who is moving hot sea from the south around the island , it is also one of the world’s most volcanological active hotpots. Iceland is known today for its mix of glaciers, bubbly hot springs, rugged fjords and fiery volcanoes.

Leirhver í Krísuvík
Photo Guðmundur E .Jóelsson

The country is the most sparsely populated in Europe, with just 365,000 people living in an area the size of England or the US state of Kentucky. Over half of the population lives down in its southwestern corner, around Reykjavik, the small but cosmopolitan capital. The other decent-sized population center is Akureyri up on the north coast.

Walking path in Reykajvik

All long-distance buses and domestic planes begin their trips from Reykjavik. The most known is the Golden ring.

 You can visit Geysir the original geyser from which all other gushing hot springs get their name and the spectacular waterfalls at Gullfoss.

On Þingvellir is the oldest national park in Iceland, where the natural beauty is unique and the only place  on earth where the tectonic plates are visible on dry land.The oldest existing parliament was established there in 930. You can there diving between two tectonic plates astride the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, it is also exclusive only few people have dared to try the experience.

 

Thingvellir
Photo Guðmundur E.Jóelsson

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