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Iceland is an island country situated in the North Atlantic Ocean. Lying on the usually active geologic border between North America and Europe, Iceland is a place of dynamic contrasts of climate, culture and geography.  Dazzling glaciers, such as Vatna Glacier (Vatnajökull), Europe’s largest, spread across its rugged and beautiful mountain ranges; plentiful hot geysers supply heat for many of the country’s residences and structures and allow for hothouse agriculture all year round; and the offshore Gulf Stream provides an unexpectedly mild climate for what is one of the northernmost inhabited places in the world. (Copyright: Naeblys)

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Iceland: view of Icelandic landscape in the Snaefellsnes peninsula on August 29, 2012. The Snaefellsnes peninsula has been named Iceland in Miniature: many national sights can be found in the area

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Iceland: a view of the Icelandic landscape on August 16, 2012. The landscape of Iceland is worldwide considered unique and unlike anywhere else on the planet

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Iceland: a country church hidden by trees in the Icelandic landscape on August 16, 2012. The landscape of Iceland is worldwide considered unique and unlike anywhere else on the planet

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Iceland: a view of the Icelandic landscape on August 16, 2012. The landscape of Iceland is worldwide considered unique and unlike anywhere else on the planet

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Iceland: landscape with lava fields in Reykjanes Peninsula on August 16, 2012. In many areas of Iceland there are large ancient lava fields of black rocks covered with a thick green carpet of moss

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Iceland: a road in the Icelandic landscape on August 16, 2012. The landscape of Iceland is worldwide considered unique and unlike anywhere else on the planet

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Iceland: galloping horses on a road in the Icelandic countryside on August 29, 2012

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Iceland: galloping horses on a road in the Icelandic countryside on August 29, 2012

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Iceland: galloping horses on a road in the Icelandic countryside on August 29, 2012

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Iceland: sheeps in Icelandic countryside on August 9, 2012

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Iceland: two sheeps in Icelandic countryside on August 9, 2012

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Iceland: pink flowers growing on lava ground on August 29, 2012. In many areas of Iceland there are large ancient lava fields of black rocks covered with flowers and green carpet of moss

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Iceland: kids walking among rock castles in Thingvellir on August 16, 2012. Thingvellir is the national shrine of Iceland, protected as a national park for its unique geology

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Iceland: a wooden church with red roof in the Snaefellsnes peninsula on August 29, 2012. The Snaefellsnes peninsula has been named Iceland in Miniature: many national sights can be found in the area

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Iceland: the church of the village of Vik i Myrdal on August 18, 2012. The town’s wooden church, built in Icelandic style, is located on the top of a hill

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Iceland: puffins on a rock at Dyrholaey on August 18, 2012. The promontory of Dyrholaey is home to a large puffin colony, a protected area for these pelagic seabirds with a brightly coloured beak

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Iceland: the black sand and the beach seen from the promontory of Dyrholaey on August 18, 2012. The promontory of Dyrholaey is located near Vik i Myrdal, the southernmost village in Iceland

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Iceland: panoramic view of Reynisfjara beach on August 18, 2012. The famous Reynisfjara shore, near the village Vik i Myrdal, is regarded as the most impressive black sand beach in Iceland

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Iceland: the rock arch of Dyrholaey on August 18, 2012. The rock arch, located on the promontory of Dyrholaey near the southernmost village of Vik i Myrdal, is one of the main attraction of the area

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Iceland: panoramic view of the cliffs with the Dyrholaey lighthouse on August 18, 2012. The Dyrholaey lighthouse was built in 1927 near Vik i Myrdal, the southernmost village in Iceland

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Iceland: the Dyrholaey lighthouse on August 18, 2012. The Dyrholaey lighthouse, Dyrholaeyjarviti in Icelandic, was built in 1927 near the village of Vik i Myrdal, the southernmost village in Iceland

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Discover Iceland Through Spectacular Iceland Vacations
By Mike Youlo

Close to nature but rich with colorful culture too, Iceland is a unique place to spend a fascinating vacation. Icelanders are very welcoming people and always happy to share their beautiful country with visitors on Iceland vacations. And although the native language is Icelandic, almost everyone in Iceland also speaks fluent English, making it very easy for people on Iceland vacations to explore this magnificent country.

Iceland is a Nordic island country, situated far to the north in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. But despite its extreme northern location, Iceland is far from inhospitable, and even during the winter its climate is surprisingly mild. The island is a hotbed of geothermal activity and that, along with Iceland’s location in warm Gulf Stream waters, makes the country much warmer than you might expect. Reykjavik, the country’s capital city, is actually warmer in the winter than New York City.

Iceland vacations offer a spectacular amount of variety, and Iceland is a perfect destination for nature-lovers and outdoor adventurers. The country’s dramatic landscapes include glaciers, geysers and volcanoes, magnificent waterfalls and rushing glacial rivers, steaming hot springs, bubbling mud pots, lava flows, weird rock formations and a large glaring-white icecap. Its long, rugged coastline includes towering cliffs and an assortment of scenic inlets, bays and fjords. Some of Iceland’s starkly beautiful landscapes are so exotic, they’re almost unearthly. And whales, along with fine Icelandic horses, puffins and ptarmigans are also among Iceland’s many natural national treasures. Truly, Iceland is one of the most spectacular countries on the Earth.

As beautiful and dramatic as Iceland’s countryside can be, nature isn’t all that this sub-Arctic country offers to people on Iceland vacations. Its culture is almost as rich as the wide breadth of its natural wonders. The streets of Reykjavik are clean and safe to walk, and they’re full of friendly people who are happy to help you experience the local Nordic culture. The small city center is quite walkable and features a wide array of cultural venues, restaurants and stores to explore. But even though Reykjavik is small, this very modern city is buzzing and it’s considered to be the “nightlife capital of the north.”

Those who crave culture find an abundance in this beautiful country. Art museums and galleries, along with symphony orchestra, opera and other musical events featuring international performers as well as local performing artists, are all easy to find during Iceland vacations.

Let’s face it though, most people take Iceland vacations so they can explore some of the world’s most unusual and rugged landscapes, all of which have been shaped by some of nature’s most ferocious forces. More than 80% of this rugged country is uninhabited, and dramatic landscapes are as close as a 15-minute drive away from Reykjavik’s city center. Iceland’s outdoor wonderland is easily accessible to people on Iceland vacations.

Don’t let Iceland’s name fool you. Even winter doesn’t stop anyone in Iceland, where horseback riding and snowmobiling are both popular winter pastimes. Some outdoor activities gain an added twist during Iceland’s winter, like the possibility of swimming outdoors in a naturally-heated pool. You can do that in several places around the world, so what’s the big twist? Well, in Iceland you can take that toasty outdoor swim right in the middle of a snowstorm, and you’ll still be comfortably warm.

When in Iceland, do as the Icelanders do. Revel in the country’s beautiful outdoors. Many people on Iceland vacations want to do something unique in this unique country. Something they’re not likely to do anywhere else. One option is to explore one of Iceland’s several glaciers. Some organized tours take you there on a bus, then let you use a snowmobile or a modified jeep to explore on your own.

The Midnight Sun of Iceland’s summer means that outdoor activities don’t stop at night. Because of Iceland’s huge variety of natural waterways, including many rushing glacial rivers, white water rafting at all different levels of challenge is popular. Boating and sea fishing are also popular with both tourists and natives, reflecting Iceland’s close ties to the sea. Cycling on Iceland is challenging and scenic because of the country’s wildly varying topography and an abundance of stunning seaside views. Mountain hiking during Iceland vacations is equally challenging and, again, very beautiful.

Iceland vacations are spectacular – every bit as spectacular as the country itself. Indoor, outdoor, culture, nature. With Iceland vacations you can take your pick.

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