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An Iceland Travel Guide from Heather Sinclair…

Iceland’s volcanic and geothermal activity is insane…

Why?

Iceland is a part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that marks the boundary between the Eurasian and North American continental plates.  In fact, it’s this ridge that formed Iceland.

As a result, Iceland is famed for its great outdoors and draws thousands of visitors every year who explore the volcanoes, geysers, thermal hot springs and glaciers.

And the best part…

Trekity reader, Heather Sinclair, recently visited Iceland and answers all your Iceland travel questions in this exclusive interview…

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Driving the Ring Road, Iceland

Iceland is raw. It’s an island of fire and ice where active volcanoes threaten and glaciers glisten. Where tectonic plates are moving and earthquakes are threatening. It’s where the frozen tundra is locked in an eternal duel with fierce winds and sub-zero temperatures.

Yet these destructive forces give birth to unimaginable beauty. Towering waterfalls, steamy lagoons, black sand beaches, fantastic fjords and exploding geysers.

There is no place in Europe, or even the planet, quite like it.

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Swim in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

Thingvellir is – quite literally – being ripped apart. Straddling the Eurasian and North American continents, a 40 meter rock chasm continues to separate at a rate of 2cm each year. It’s also home to the world’s first national parliament (held in 930).

But what really draws people to Thingvellir is water. Lots of it. Whether it’s Iceland’s the geothermal spa of Blao Lonia (Blue Lagoon), multiple hot springs in Geysir (namesake for geysers worldwide) or the tumbling waterfall of Gullfoss, Iceland’s thermal activity and glacier melt are destined to astound. Continue

Whale Watching; Húsavík, Iceland

Iceland is the best place in Europe for whale watching.

Why?

Because you must have really bad luck not to see them. Two dozen species of whales can be spotted in Iceland’s pure, nutrient-rich waters. Some live there year-round while others are migratory and only appear seasonally for feeding and mating.

Although whales can be seen just about everywhere along Iceland’s coast, the best place to see these gentle giants is in Skjálfandi BayContinue

Bar Hop; Reykjavík, Iceland

They say if you haven’t partied in Reykjavík then you haven’t partied at all. The saying is only a slight exaggeration. It’s no Ibiza, you won’t see any bikinis in a typical Reykjavík club, but there is something about the city’s nightlife that is truly electrifying.

And there are plenty of blonde, blue-eyed beauties to help you forget about Ibiza.

Metropolis of the North

Just 205 miles (330km) from the Arctic Circle, Reykjavík is the world’s northernmost capital city. More than 200,000 people live in and around this metropolis with its small-city charm. It’s full of cultural attractions and known as a launching pad for Icelandic adventures.

What it’s most famous for, however, is the vibrant nightlife.

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