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The country's most popular region for
tourism containing its most famous attractions in what is widely
known as the 'Golden Triangle', and conveniently situated near to
- a famous waterfall north of Skalholt of 35m
which drops into a one mile long canyon below. Nearby is a pretty
area around the gorge of Bruarhlod on the Hvita River.
Geysir and Strokkur 'Butter Churn '
- Geysir used to spout off regularly but following
an earthquake it now has less predictable outbursts and is of little interest. The nearby
'Stukkar' geyser has taken over the tourist entertainment role,
spewing forth great quantities of water up to sixty feet in the
air every few minutes.
- north of Hveragerdi has a lot of geothermal activity including
'Hot Springs Garden'
- a very touristy town which has a small geysir and geothermal area
plus a large greenhouse called 'Eden' with tropical plants in it.
Walk to Hengill or Selfjall peaks and the heated stream Klambragil
- the most revered volcano in Iceland gets its name from the cloud
which tends to hang around it superb cone.
(Thorsmork) 'Thor Woods'
- unusually arboreal for Iceland, this is a beautiful valley with
trees and other flora, popular with locals as well as foreign tourists
so it gets busy.
This area is great for walking, especially to Landmannalauger for
an overall view, or for a bit of a trek to Skogur.
National Park and surrounds - an area of both great beauty and history - it was
the site of the old Icelandic Parliament.
The lake is the biggest in the country and boats can help
you see much of the area fairly efficiently. It's also excellent
for walking. Pingvellir
National Park Photos
Skalholt - if you like classical music the town holds a festival during the
summer and there is a mosaic in the local church worth seeing.
Skogafoss - a very photogenic waterfall which sprays in such a way that it
often creates a rainbow.
Island - the 'Galapagos of the North' are a group of fifteen young islands
including Surtsey which popped up in 1963.
Visit the Eldfell volcano on the island of Heimey, which last erupted
in 1973, the pretty Heimaklettur mountain, the Klettshellir cave
(by boat), and the puffins at Storhofdi.
The harbour on Heimay was almost cut off by the lava flow, but dramatically
tamed by Iceland's fireman.
It later held Keiko the Killer Whale star of 'Free Willy'.
Visit the Natural History museum and Folk Museum if you have time.
It's worth staying overnight here.
Puffin meat and eggs are on the menu at local restaurants.
Access from the mainland can be by sea or air.
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