In 2007 Iceland won the United Nations “Best Country to Live” award. It will only take one visit to understand why. Iceland is well on it’s way to becoming more of a popular tourist destination. Visitors will be quick to discover that Iceland is a beautiful, safe country with a small friendly population.
Iceland Facts & Information
The Capital of Iceland is Reykjavik. Nearly all of Iceland’s residents live in the Greater Reykjavik area. The city is filled with many high quality restaurants, which will be a bargain due to the exchange rate. There is a very active nightlife and no shortage of fantastic boutiques and stores selling everything from traditional Icelandic keepsakes, to designer clothes.
Outside of the city you can really experience Iceland’s stunning beauty. Volcanoes pepper the landscape. One of the most popular destinations is The Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal heated spa about 25 miles outside of Reykjavik. It is warm year round and attracts visitors from all over the world with its surreal blue water. There are even shuttles that will take you there directly from the airport if you just can’t wait.
A car rental in Iceland is a great way to get out and experience more of the country’s natural beauty. You won’t want to miss out on Vatnajökull National Park. Opened on June 7th, 2008 this park combines the former Skaftafell and Jokulsargljufur National Parks. It is the largest national park in all of Europe, and covers roughly 12% of the surface of Iceland.
Here are five facts you may not know about Iceland:
-Over 99% of the electricity used in Iceland comes from hydropower and geothermal energy.
-One US dollar is equivalent to 120 Icelandic kronas.
-Iceland is about the Size of Cuba, and has a population of around 320,000.
-During the summer, you will experience nearly 24 hours of daylight.
-Iceland has a total of 15 active volcanoes.
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