Iceland has the purest nature, the wildest ice caps and the most comfortable hot springs. There is so much to see in Iceland. The following programs are the most popular holiday products in Iceland. You can book these products or just contact with us for a tailor-make Scandinavia Holiday.
Welcome to Iceland!
Day 01: Arrive in Reykjavik.
Day 02: Reykjavik City (874).
Visit the Historical Landmarks and Cultural Masterpieces.
Day 03: Reykjavik - Pingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss - Reykjavik (218 km, 3 h 21 min).
The Golden Circle.
Day 04: Reykjavik - Blue Lagoon (48 km, 42 min).
Day 05: Reykjavik - Whale Watching.
Day 06: Departure Reykjavik.
Viking Longhouse at Hofsstadir
The Vikings discovered Iceland and started to settle there from 870. They lived in a kind of unique house called “Longhouse”. In Hofsstadir, a short drive from Reykyavik city center, the second longest Viking Longhouse in Iceland was discovered and unearthed in 1986.
The Viking Longhouse at Hofsstadir is about 30 meters by 8 meters on the outside, and the floor area is about 170 m². This was the household of a farmer on a large scale. According to study, this size of Viking Longhouse could house about 20 to 30 people including slaves and laborers.
In the Hofsstadir Viking Longhouse, a total about 300 valuable items from the Viking ages were unearthed.
Hofdi House, built in 1909, is considered to be one of the most beautiful and historically significant buildings in Reykjavik.
Hofdi House was initially the house of the French consul in Iceland. Now it is owned by the City of Reykjavik and is used for official receptions and meetings.
The most famous event happened in Hofdi House is the 1986 summit meeting of the U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbatsjov, a historical event that eventually marked the end of the Cold War.
The other renowned guests of Hofdi House include the Queen of England, Winston Churchill and Marlene Dietrich, the world famous German actress and singer.
Reykjavik Old Harbor
Reykjavik Old Harbor is becoming a new, exciting, cozy and vibrant quarter of Reykjavik City.
In the Reykjavik Old Harbor area, you will find the awarding winning new concert hall, the fantastic Viking Maritime Musuem, the modern Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina.
In addition, you will find great food, fancy shops, best coffee and cakes in the busy and energetic Reykjavik Old Harbor community.
The Golden Circle is one of the most popular tourist routes in southern Iceland, which covers the most exciting attractions of the country.
In the Colden Circle route, you will see the famous Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss Waterfall, UNESCO site Pingvellir National Park, the stunning Iceland natures, along the about 300 kilometres (190 miles) route.
The Golden Circle - Pingvellir National Park
Pingvellir National Park is included in the UNESCO Heritage in 2004. Pingvellir National Park area is not only geologically magnificent, also historically and culturally rich and spectacular.
Pingvellir - the First Parliament in the World
From 870, the Scandinavian Vikings and Scottish Celtic started to settle in Iceland. The settlement was generally peaceful. There was no king or a common leader in Iceland for centuries.
In 930, the settlers formed “the Alpingi” (the Assembly) in Pingvellir. The Alpingi was Iceland Commonwealth’s supreme legislative and judicial authority from 930 until 1271. The Alpingi also laid a solid foundation for a common cultural heritage and national identity of Iceland.
The Alpingi in 930 AD was regarded as the “the first parliament in the world”. And that laid a foundation for establishing Iceland as one country under the same rules.
Pingvellir - the Boundary Between the Eurasian and North American Plates
The continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates can be clearly seen in the cracks or faults in Pingvellir. The Almannagja Canyon is one of the biggest cracks. This special geographic structure makes Pingvellir area a typical volcanic environment.
The Golden Circle - Geysir Geothermal Area
The Geysir eothermal area is in South Iceland, near Laugarvatn Lake. It is named after the world biggest geyser - Geysir. The most exciting geyser is Strokkur. It shoots up a column of water up to 30 metres (98 ft.) into the air every 6-10 minutes.
The Golden Circle - Gullfoss Waterful
Gullfoss Waterful is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Iceland. The three-step Gullfoss Waterfall is a part of the wide glacial Hvita River. The Hvita River runs southward, but turns sharply to the right at the Gullfoss Waterful area, and then the Hvita River falls into a 62 meter (105 ft) deep gorge. It feels that the Hvita River suddenly disappeared into the earth. The average amount of water running down the waterfall is 140 cubic metres (4,900 cu ft) per second in the summer and 80 cubic metres (2,800 cu ft) per second in the winter. The highest flood measured was 2,000 cubic metres (71,000 cu ft) per second.
Blue Lagoon, the World Famous Geothermal Spa.
Blue Lagoon is a “Must do” in Iceland. The huge geothermal lake is regarded as one of the best spas in the world.
Blue Lagoon is 39 kilometers (24 miles) away from Reykjavik and 20 kilometers (12 miles) away from Keflavik International Airport. It is a short drive of about 50 minutes from Reykjavik.
Blue Lagoon Spa has rich minerals like Silica (SiO2) and Sodium (Na) etc. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area averages 37-39 °C (9-102 °F).
The Blue Lagoon Spa, the Blue Lagoon Clinic, and all the Blue Lagoon facilities, are designed by Sigridur Sigporsdottir from Basalt Architects. The concept of the unique design is to protect the environment and respect its geological history. Pure Icelandic materials from moss and stones characterize the design. The designer wants to emphasize the relationship between nature and the man-made.
In Blue Lagoon Spa, large amounts of Iceland lava rocks are used. More than 70 000 pieces of lava stones are used in the lava wall which connects the building to the natural rocks surrounding the bathing lagoon.
Whale Watching is an exciting and popular program in Iceland. Iceland is one of the most ideal places for whale watching activities.
In Iceland, you can watch a wide arrange of whales including: the minke whales, the white-beaked dolphins, humpback whales, killer whales, Orcas, fin whales and blue whales etc. There are as many as 23 whale species that you could have the possibility to watch.
In the summer time, there is as high as 90% of the success rate on watching at least one type of whales. In some parts of Iceland, you can even watch whales from land.
Why not fly to Bergen - the famous Norwegian World Culture Heritage city and continue your Scandinavia holiday?
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