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Iceland Travel Guide

by our Iceland expert Terry Emery
 
Terry EmeryIcelanders have a joke that when nature finishes creating their country it will be a fine one. Geologically, it is the newest in the world, with submarine volcanic lava regularly erupting into fresh islands and changing the coastline. On-shore, the just-below-the-surface natural forces are present everywhere. Hot springs bubble, geysers shoot skyward (the original ‘Geysir’ is there), and the ‘fields’ are often moss-covered solid lava. Hekla is but one of many still active volcanoes. Unsurprisingly, Iceland invented domestic thermal energy – the whole of Reykjavik is heated, tap-water included, in this way. And the alternative is hydro-electric power that harnesses the many stunning waterfalls such as Gullfoss or Detifoss. Moving at a slower place are the immense glaciers inching to the sea – where whale-watching is another exhilarating experience. You can swim in the ‘Blue Lagoon’ – a dramatic by-product of a power-plant, or take a hill-top sauna, using the chill mountain air like a plunge pool. And perhaps because of months of midnight sun – or sunless winters, Icelanders are great party-people too.

Iceland Facts

National Flag: Icelandic Flag
Language(s): Icelandic
Currency: Icelandic króna
Capital city: Reykjavík
Total Area: 103,000 km2
Population: 316,252
Dialling Code: +354
Time Zone: GMT
Tourism Website:
http://www.icetourist.is/


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FCO Travel Advice for Iceland

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Reykjavik Weather Forecast

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Today
10/01/2015
Heavy Snow and Chance of Thunderstorms and Overcast Skies Heavy Snow and Chance of Thunderstorms and Overcast Skies 0°C
32°F
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25°F
Sunday
11/01/2015
Heavy Snow and Overcast Skies Heavy Snow and Overcast Skies 3°C
37°F
-1°C
30°F
Monday
12/01/2015
Heavy Snow Showers and Overcast Skies Heavy Snow Showers and Overcast Skies 2°C
36°F
0°C
32°F
Tuesday
13/01/2015
Heavy Snow Showers and Overcast Skies Heavy Snow Showers and Overcast Skies 2°C
36°F
-1°C
30°F

 Reykjavik Weather Forecast
 

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