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5 Things to do and see in Iceland

When:Jul 09, 2011.
This is a country of dramatic landscapes. Due to its geography, it's off the beaten path for many, but those who make it there would have absolutely wonderful experiences.

Listed below are 5 of the things you must try to experience, if you do make it to Iceland.

1) The Northern Lights

There is nothing on earth like the Northern Lights (also known as the aurora borealis).

This phenomenon, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the atmosphere, can most likely be seen between September and March.

Northern Lights by michi s courtesy Flickr

2) The Blue Lagoon

This is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland and it’s approximately a 40 minute drive from the capital Reykjavík.

Situated in the middle of a large lava field, visitors can relax and bathe themselves in the warm waters.

The steamy mineral rich water and silica mud are believed to work wonders for the skin.

The Blue Lagoon by just in courtesy Flickr

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3) Volcanoes

Iceland has over 130 volcanic mountains and a high concentration of these are active.

Adventure lovers can take an expedition to see some of these volcanoes and witness them closeup.

5) Whale Watching

The water surrounding Iceland are teeming with whales and other sea mammals.

There are several whale watching centers all over Iceland, including Reykjavik and tours are scheduled in the Spring to Fall months - April through to the end of October.

On these tours, you will also get to see dolphins, seals, penguins and other birds.

Ps it gets very cold out and also can be 'uncomfortable' for those prone to sea sickness

There is a lot more to this land of dramatic landscapes, so give it a try sometime.



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