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Arguably one of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the world, the mighty Gullfoss Waterfall lies in the southwestern region of the country. Gullfoss was created out of a ravine on Hvítá River, the waters of which propel forward to cascade in a majestic two-tiered waterfall. On a beautiful day, one can see the skies etch a rainbow over the falls, even as they continue to spray merry wisps of water around. Visitors can explore some spellbinding vistas of the waterfall by climbing up the nearby viewing stage, and marvel at Gullfoss' alarming force and power. The waterfall is part of the iconic Golden Circle trifecta, which also includes Þingvellir and the geysers of Haukadalur.
A beautiful stone-lined pond in the midst of Reykjavik, the Tjörnin is a charming picture of serenity and quietude in the bustle of the city. The water of the Tjörnin was initially recognized as a lagoon, and has been lapping its tranquil shores since long. Several prominent buildings such as the Reykjavik City Hall and the Idno Theater form a striking backdrop to the pond, and a colorful array of houses also dot its shores. In summer, the pond is flecked with a range of waterfowl who are fed by visiting locals and tourists. Such is the amount of birdfeed tossed into the pond, that it has earned the moniker of being 'the biggest bread soup in the world'. When the weather turns in winter, the pond assumes a frosty sheen, lending it a spectacular setting ideal for ice-skating.
Soft blue swirls of mineral-rich water and gently billowing steam that rises from the water's surface make up the magnificence of the Blue Lagoon. A gigantic geothermal spa that has effectively ridden numerous individuals of skin ailments, this man-made lagoon is one of Iceland's finest, and most visited attractions. Situated on a large lava field, the water in the lagoon is typically fed by the output of Svartsengi, a geothermal power plant that lies adjacent to the lagoon. Sulfur and silica are prime ingredients that lend the warm waters of the lagoon its curative powers, drawing eager visitors from across the world. Visitors can apply the famous silica mud mask and see its skin-restorative powers for themselves, or feel the warm gush of the lagoon's waterfalls as it takes away any semblance of soreness from their muscles. There is also a sauna room, and a restaurant on site.
Picture this: A dull day, icy winds beating on your face, and time on your hands. Where do you go? Well you can venture into one of the many thermal pools in the city or outskirts that cater to tourists and locals. Sundholl offers saunas, solaria, indoor and outdoor pools and hot pots. And it's Ladies' Night on Tuesday and Thursdays from 8p-9p!
Backdropped by jagged mountain landscapes, the waters of the Þingvallavatn Lake display a breathtaking serenity. The lake, located in southwestern Iceland, is also part of the splendid Þingvellir National Park, and is the largest lake in Iceland at a surface of 84 square kilometers (32.4 square miles). Its mineral-rich content can be attributed to the lava that covers a majority of the lake's catchment area. Minuscule fissures dot the shoreline of the lake, making for nifty hideaways for tiny fish and other fauna. The lake's high mineral content also makes it a habitat for nearly 150 types of plants, 50 species of invertebrates, and four morphs of the Arctic Charr, a cold-water fish. The northern shore of Lake Þingvallavatn alludes to a bit of Viking Age history and is famous as the spot where the Alþingi parliament was founded in 930.
The residents of Reykjavík are especially proud to have one of the highest waterfalls in the country practically on their doorstep (in Hvalfjörður). The height of Glymur is 200 metres and the power of the water is quite amazing. To see the whole waterfall at once, you have to go up the eastern side, which can be reached by two paths. Whichever path you choose, you have to be very careful when approaching the waterfall!