Mini Guide to Iceland

Interesting Sites and Natural Wonders

Blue Lagoon

Possibly one of Iceland’s most famous attraction, the Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa located near the town of Grindavík (39 kilometers from Reykjavík). It sits on a lava field, but the water is supplied by the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power plant.

The lagoon gets its milk blue color from the minerals in the water, mainly silica and sulfur, which is believed to help alleviate skin conditions such as psoriasis. It has a constant temperature of around 40 degrees Celsius, so it can be enjoyed all year round.

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Gulfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss, which in Icelandic means “Golden Falls,” is the powerful waterfall located some 100 kilometers east of Reykjavík. It’s part of the canyon in the White River Hvítá, which is fed by rainfall and glacier runoff.

In the summer, the flow increases to 140 cubic meters per second, making it the waterfall with the largest volume in Europe. It’s 32-meter high, but the fall is divided into two stages, giving it an appearance of a three-step staircase.

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