Nature and Iceland
Nature and Iceland, unspoilt environment, a beautiful new
island, its shores washed by the clear, cool
North-Atlantic and Arctic Ocean. Iceland, clean, renewable energy, free of pollution. Iceland, untouched wilderness galore
Environment in Iceland has enjoyed a unique image, a country where environmentally-conscious inhabitants live
in close relationship to the rhythm and beat of a savage nature. This, alas, has been challenged in the course
of the past few months. Icelanders have built a huge dam, drowning priceless wilderness, and to top it all,
they have lifted the whaling ban
Iceland is a lovely place for those who have some leisure. There are lots of things to do. Plenty of theatres, concerts, swimming-pools, golf courses and what have you. You may go
shopping for the fun of it and have a cup of espresso, or perhaps you prefer to take a stroll in the countryside. Well, here are some of
the things we recommend personally.
One of the best things about living in Iceland (and having some
leisure!) is how close you are to the nature: marvelous landscapes, unique volcanic areas, and great panoramic hiking trails.
The trip to Thingvellir
(below, Flosagjá) is an unforgettable experience. This is one of the places where you can stand with one
foot on the European
continental plate, the other resting gingerly on the American one. If you are diving the golden circle,
anyway, you should stop and take a look at Kerid. That is fantastic.
If you love nature, there are plenty of hikes to choose from. We recommend a hike that will lead you to
Glymur, in the Hvalfjörður
area. If you are driving from Reykjavík north to Akureyri, you might want to go out of your way to visit Húsafell,
a jewel surrounded by glaciers, once you have passed Borgarnes. Further north there is the wild and stark
Strandir area, renowned for witchcraft and spooks. It is certainly worth visiting, at least in broad summer light.
Further north and east there are several noteworthy sites such as Asbyrgi and Dettifoss, one of the country's most powerful waterfalls.
Akureyri, the capital of the north, is beautiful, but Reykjavík is a
very special city as well. It spreads over a wide area along the Faxaflói coast, surrounded by mountains and
sea. However, the Lake remains one of its most emblematic sites.
Reykjavík has acquired some kind of reputation for its wild night-life, There
are nice day-time hikes to be made there as well. Esja is the
Reykjavik mountain. The nearby Reykjanes peninsula is
picturesque, full of
unforgettable hiking trails, natural wonders and surprises. There is also Keilir, the
pyramid mountain and of course Hveragerdi.
However, if if this is too cold for you, maybe Jamaica is something for you, or even Hawiian?