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Reykjavik, Iceland

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Reykjavik Overview

There’s no simple ways to describe Iceland – its astounding beauty has been the focal point and inspiration for a number of poets and artists. But don’t let the name lead you into thinking it’s all ice cold. On the contrary, both summers and winters are great times for a visit. With its incredible explosion of art and cultural events it has become one of Europe’s trendiest destinations. As such it has lead to a growth in Icelandic and international restaurants as well as great shopping. With such natural inspiration, it’s no wonder Icelanders rank among some of the happiest people on earth.

Iceland sits on the North Atlantic Ocean and close to the Arctic Circle. It’s home to the most incredible wonders of nature. Volcanoes, geysers, glaciers, large waterfalls and lagoons make up its breathtaking scenery. Iceland is the ideal vacation spot for whatever you fancy.

Reykjavik is Iceland’s capital. It’s surrounded by mountains and nestled in a coastal region where visitors can enjoy all types of activities. Its reputation for being party town is not far from the truth. Its streets are lined with cafes, boutiques, galleries and museums. And Laugavegur is among the favorite shopping streets of Europe.
This fabulous capital city of Iceland is also the site of geothermal pools. Some of them are renowned for their therapeutic qualities. Those seeking relaxation and pampering should have Iceland at the top of their list.

A popular legend relates the story of the first Viking. It says that he liked Iceland so much that he wanted everyone to go elsewhere. To make them do that he named the territory “Iceland.” This way they would all think it was too cold to inhabit. Visitors will find that Iceland is warm and friendly in every sense of the word.

Literature and music have been important factors in Iceland’s cultural development. The National Theater is one of the most impressive venues for plays, ballets, operas and musicals.

Sports are also an important part of Iceland’s culture. Handball is considered the national pastime and its team is said to be one of the best in the world.

Another very interesting feature of Iceland is the people’s creativity throughout the centuries. With limited building material Icelanders have had to construct homes out of driftwood and turf. A tour of Iceland’s cities and villages will give visitors an insight into the Country’s unique architecture.

Iceland’s cuisine is just as amazing. It’s based on fresh seafood and game as well as dairy products. Specialties include reindeer, shark and even whale meat. Locally raised cattle accounts for great tasting beef.

Iceland’s wealth of landscapes makes it the ideal place for outdoor fun. Snowmobiling through glaciers, strolling on black sandy beaches or hiking up to volcanic craters is just some of the exciting highlights. Landmarks of historical value are also a must for those who want to know more about this one of a kind location.

After a trip to Iceland, you’ll understand what makes its inhabitants among the happiest in the world.

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