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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Weirdest American Holiday Traditions

The holiday season is here and businesses across the United States are going all-out to make sure that their decorations are better than the year before. The majority of Americans get so excited about holidays that it’s easy to forget how many traditions are strangely unique to the American culture. Actually, there are a large number of uniquely American holiday traditions that seem strange to those who didn’t grow up here. Let’s explore some of the weirdest American holiday traditions that are out there today.

The World in Liquor

When you go out for a night, how many options for liquor does your home base bar have on offer? Sure, they’ve probably got some standard gins, vodkas, rums, whiskies, and tequilas—but probably not much of anything else. If you’re traveling, one of the best ways to start to get to know the local culture is to indulge in a popular local drink.

The World in Soda

Our taste buds can tell us a lot about ourselves. While giants like Pepsi and Coca-Cola still rule the worldwide soda market, smaller brands that represent local tastes have maintained their loyal followers for years in places like Switzerland and Barbados.