Private Tour of Iceland
Iceland : Fire & Ice
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Located on a bay, presided over by mighty mount Esja, Iceland’s sprawling capital city stands in stark contrast to the quiet fishing villages and minute hamlets of the remarkable island nation. The hub is progressive, yet proudly traditional; remote, yet surprisingly cosmopolitan; inextricably tied to its natural landscape, yet embracing modern technology. The tiny city centre is characterised by an eclectic mix of brightly painted houses, elegant shops, stylish bars, and highbrow museums. A slew of restaurants serves up a delicious range of culinary delights as well as an array of exotic treats (try the pickled ram’s testicles and putrefied shark meat). Whether you plan on spending your vacation gallery-hopping while listening to Bjork on repeat, scuba diving between tectonic plates, or relaxing in the myriad geothermal pools, Reykjavik is the ultimate destination for pleasure seekers and adventure junkies alike.
Thingvellir National Park
Thingvellir (Þingvellir) is an expansive lava field lying on the banks of the largest natural lake in Iceland – Pingvallavatn. It is situated directly on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the European and North American tectonic plates are slowly shifting away from each other. This was a historical meeting place of the first parliament called the Alpingi where representatives all around Iceland came together in an open-air assembly from 930 to 1798. It is now listed as a Unesco World Heritage site and the area around Pingvellir has great geological significance because of its unique mineral rich landscape combined with an abundant diversity of animal and plant life.
Resting on the banks of Laugarvatn Lake, the eponymous hamlet of Laugarvatn is located in South Iceland. It makes for a great detour on the Golden Circle. This popular summer resort serves as a great base from which to explore the incredible sites along the world-renowned Golden Circle route, which showcases Iceland’s top attractions - both natural and cultural. Highlights include the Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir, and the ancient Skálholt bishop seat. Surrounded by rolling hills, lava fields, forests, fertile countryside crossed by a network of wonderful waterways and crystal-clear streams, visitors can experience the true natural beauty of Iceland. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy excellent trout fishing and an array of watersports on the magnificent Lake Laugarvatn and soak in the geothermal springs at the Fontana spa at Laugarvatn.