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Bláa lónið ("Blue Lagoon")

Bláa lónið, an internationally popular recreational and therapeutic pool of deliciously warm and mineral rich geothermal water carved out of the Svartsengi lava field. The tectonically supercharged brine flows from Svartsengi power plant, and its beautiful blue color comes from light refracting micro-organisms that thrive in this unusual ecosystem.

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Photo © Olgeir Andrésson.

Gullfoss

Gullfoss, ("Golden falls") in the river Hvítá, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland and a favourite with tourists.

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Photo © Mats Wibe Lund.

Mývatn

Mývatn, ("Midge lake") among the largest lakes in Iceland, 36.5 km², altitude 277 m, with a very indented shoreline, almost cut into two halves by a long peninsula and islands. Rather shallow, the average depth being 2.5 m, 4.5 m at its deepest, with lots of diatomite (kieselguhr) in the lakebed. The surrounding area is extremely beautiful with many interesting lavafields, geothermal heat in caves and canyons and steep mountains in the background.

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Photo © Mats Wibe Lund.

Jökulsárlón

Jökulsárlón, also referred to as The Glacier-Lagoon, is on the south east coast of Iceland. Jökulsárlón is known as The Glacier Lagoon with a deep lake clustered with floating icebergs. A very popular place for visitors who enjoy cruising between the huge icebergs on the lagoon. At Jokulsarlon nature studios, some of the most fantastic film shots have been made. James Bond 007 in "Die another Day" and "A View to a Kill", also "Tomb Raider".

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Photo © Olgeir Andrésson.

Jökulsárgljúfur

Jökulsárgljúfur, from Dettifoss down to the bridge is the biggest canyon in Iceland, wide and irregular. The land on the western side of Jökulsá to below Ásbyrgi is now a national park.

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Photo © Peter Lorkowski.

Ísafjörður

Ísafjörður, the biggest settlement in the Western Fjords and their only market town, municipal charter since 28th January 1866. Built on a spit reaching most of the way across Skutulsfjörður, inside which is an excellent harbour. In the oldest part of town, Neðstikaupstaður, there are four of the oldest houses in Iceland, one of which houses the maritime museum. They were built in the mid-18th century. Fishing has been the main industry for centuries and trade has always been significant.

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