Countryside and natural wonders in Iceland

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  • The Glanni waterfall in the river Norðurá is believed to be home to elves and gnomes.
      The Glanni waterfall in the river Norðurá is believed to be home to elves and gnomes. And believe you me, that is of g importance to the Icelanders who have great respect for those invisible beings coexisting with humans in perfect harmony. Glanni is by no means the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland, nor the largest. But, it is the source of the water flow for Norðurá, one of the greatest salmon fishing rivers in Iceland. The landscape around Glanni is quite diverse due to its location near...
  • The crack is narrow and the open cave is muggy.
      This waterfall is sometimes described as a treasure in the Icelandic landscape and the flora of natural wonders. It's nearby sibling Seljalandsfoss waterfall, only in a short walking distance away, is one of Iceland's most renowned attractions. Gljúfrabúi is, on the other hand, gaining more and more attention and most of the visitors viewing Seljalandsfoss also take the time to look at Gljúfrabúi.  Although coming from the same cliff, there are some striking differences between the two...
  • For the longest time the Glymur waterfall with a cascade of 198 m, was the tallest waterfall in Iceland.
      For the longest time the Glymur waterfall with a cascade of 198 m, was the tallest waterfall in Iceland. Then in 2011 it was surpassed by a new waterfall by Morsárjökull glacier due to an eruption. Glymur is part of the river Botnsá in Hvalfjörður and falls alongside the Hvalfell mountain into a steep canyon. The waterfall is accessible from a parking area by the road. For the best view, it is quite pleasant to hike to the top of the waterfall along marked trails. You can only observe the...
  • Map of Golden Circle drive in Iceland
    The Golden Circle is a term or a description for one of the most popular tourist route in Iceland. The drive is based on three natural wonders not far from Reykjavík the capital of Iceland. Most of the time the tour starts and ends in Reykjavík and is driven in a day. The first stop is at Þingvellir which is a sacred place in Iceland where Almannagjá gorge and Öxarárfoss waterfall play a significant role. Þingvellir also has profound historical meaning in Iceland as it was the meeting place for...
  • Goðafoss in summer
      This beautiful waterfall Goðafoss is in the glacial river Skjálfandafljót. The river has its origin deep in the Icelandic highland and runs from the highland through the Bárðardalur valley, all the way from Sprengisandur in the Highlands. The fall itself is only 12 meters high and 30 meters wide but the rock formation in and around the waterfall make it one of the greatest natural wonders in Iceland. According to many Goðafoss waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland....
  • Grábrók is a crater formed by a fissure eruption approximately three thousand years ago.
      Grábrók is a crater formed by a fissure eruption approximately three thousand years ago. The fissure that initially opened during that eruption wasn't very long but left behind Grábrók and her two crater sisters that can be seen when on top. Also, from the top the massive lava about seven square kilometers that surfaced in that eruption is visible.  It is a sight of geological interest comparable to Lakagígar, the Laki craters in the Icelandic Highland accessible from the Southern Region. The...
  • Grettislaug geothermal pool has been at Reykir from time of Settlement
      There are many natural pools in Iceland.  Most of the pools that have attraction are natural hot springs that blend with a small creek or a cold stream out in nature and mix into a bearable temperature. One of the most popular and best known is the pool in Landmannalaugar in the Highland.  Usually, those natural pools are made by nature without little or any help from man.  Most of them have been there as long as anyone can remember.  Grettir, the strongest man who ever lived in Iceland At...
  • Just a few kilometers south of the Geothermal area Seltún at Krísuvík is a small lake, Grænavatn (Greenlake).
      Just a few kilometers south of the Geothermal area Seltún at Krísuvík is a small lake, Grænavatn (Greenlake). The lake is a volcanic crater that got its name from its unusual green color. The color is due to a high level of sulphur in the water and its depth.  The lake is only about few hundred meters in diameter and offers a perfect trail for a refreshing walk, as it only takes about 20 minutes to walk around the lake.  For a small lake it is quite deep, though, or 45 meters.  This is...
  • Gullfoss (The Golden Waterfall) in the river Hvítá is the best-known landmark in Iceland.
    Gullfoss (The Golden Waterfall) in the river Hvítá is probably one of the best-known landmarks in Iceland. The Icelanders, being keen travelers themselves, will insist it is the most beautiful waterfall in the world. That is, of course, debatable but, beautiful it is and has made it to many lists of the most beautiful waterfalls on the planet. Hvítá river is a glacial river. Its source is in Hvítárvatn by the Langjökull glacier in the Icelandic Highland. The river rushes 40 km from the...
  • Gunnuhver is a highly active geothermal area of mud pools and steam vents on the Reykjanes peninsula
    In the Icelandic nature, everything has a name, every mountain, every valley, every canyon, fissure or even crack.  And almost behind each name is a story. The most southern tip of the Reykjanes Peninsula is a spectacular place to visit. A highly active geothermal area of mud pools and steam vents boiling practically under your feet – if you dare to walk the wooden planks crisscrossing the area. Indeed, here is where you find the biggest mud pool in Iceland, Gunnuhver – or Gunna hot spring....

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