Introduction to Iceland

Are you a photographer? A nature lover? Do you have a beating heart and air in your lungs? If you’re any of the above you’re going to love the Nordic island country of Iceland. This land of glaciers, waterfalls and boiling mud pools attracts all sorts every year. Budding photographers will be blown away by the vast breathtaking landscapes, adventurous sorts will dig kayaking and river rafting on the swirling glacial waters and holidaymakers seeking relaxation will be in geothermal pool heaven.

Much of Iceland is still evolving with new dramatic landscapes created by volcanic eruptions and glaciers. It's ever changing and ever amazing. But there are also other parts of the country that haven’t changed since Vikings settled the land over 1,100 years ago.

Tucked up on the juncture of the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans, Iceland is one of Europe’s least densely populated countries and its 103,000 square kilometres of land mass is home to just over 322,000 people. But while its population is small, among its numbers are some spectacular people. Need we mention musicians and groups like Sigur Ros, Björk, and Emiliana Torrini? There must be something in the water here because it’s a breeding ground for some world-famous musicians and creative types.

Iceland’s capital, the hip Reykjavik, is home to two thirds of its population. It’s also home to some pretty incredible attractions including Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach, Blue Lagoon, Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower and a salmon river that runs through the centre of town. There’s also everything else you’d expect in a European metropolis such as world-class museums and art galleries, an incredible foodie scene and super trendy clubs and bars all in an über-cool setting. Won’t you come and visit Iceland?

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