Traveling in Iceland

Iceland

 

Iceland” is a beautiful volcanic island in Northern Europe. It is the smallest Nordic country by population having only 313.000 people, so if you want a relaxing holyday away from traffic and big cities, “Iceland” should be your choice. “Reykjavík” is Iceland’s capital and largest city.

Iceland’s national currency is the “Icelandic króna” (ISK). This currency isn’t very strong, so changing your money should be a problem.

“Iceland” is a volcanic island; therefore there are no public railways. The principal mode of personal transport is the car, even though there are bus services. To move around you can rent a car or you can use the services of some locals in exchange for some money. If the car doesn’t suit you, there are some domestic flights you can use.

Entering into “Iceland” will require a passport and for the European citizens, this country isn’t a member state of the European Union, so even though you are a European Union citizen, you will still have to bring your passport along with you.

“Iceland” is in the Northern part of Europe, which means it is very cold.

Usually in there are 0°C in January and 11°C to July, so if you’re planning to spend your holiday in “Iceland”, you should pack some warm clothes.

Most of Iceland’s cuisine is based on lamb, fish and dairy products. The traditional meals also include hákarl (cured shark), skier, singed sheep heads, black pudding and cured ram.

 

The main traditional sport in “Iceland” is a form of wrestling and it is called Glíma. Sports have always played an important part of Icelandic culture. The most popular sports are handball, track and field, basketball and football. The national handball team is one of the top-ranked teams in the world.

This country is one of the most active volcanic regions due to the movement of the Atlantic crust. Most active volcanoes are located in the island high plateau, the uninhabited areas of “Iceland”
. There are very many safety measures taken so that no lives are put in danger, so you don’t have to worry.

Paying with your credit card isn’t very popular in “Iceland”. There are very few ATM machines on the island, so if you’re going there you should have cash on you.

“Iceland” was colonized during the IX and X centuries, by the Scandinavian, Celtic, Irish and Scottish. The Icelanders are very proud of their parliament, which is, in fact, the first in the world. This parliament, which they call “Althing”, was founded in 930; this country is filled with history.

 

If you talk about the Icelandic economy than tourism is one of the important parts. A huge GDP is generated through tourism. You find many tourists from US, Germany and Britain. The places that attract these tourists include glaciers, geothermal water and geysers. You can even enjoy many festivals, themed parties and they are arranged in moth of July. In February you also not find any sun in the sky.

 

In conclusion, if you are feeling a bit adventurous and you want to walk near an active volcano or you just want to go away from the crowded cities and get some fresh air than Iceland should be your destination of choice.

 

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