Fairytale Locations In Iceland

June 12, 2012
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Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier

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The stunning outlet glacier Breiðamerkurjökull stems from the larger glacier called Vatnajökull, which ends in a small lagoon known as Jökulsárlón. Over time, the glacier has begun breaking down and as a result leaves icebergs floating around the lagoon in its wake.

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Thórsmörk

Named after the Norse god, Thor, Thórsmörk is a mountain ridge situated in the south of Iceland between glaciers Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull. Wedged between two large masses, its location lends itself to a comparatively warm climate. The valley is full of flora, too: moss, ferns and birch wood thrive in this Nordic paradise.

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Myvatn

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Located close to the active Krafla volcano, Mývatn is a shallow lake created over 2300 years ago from a basaltic lava eruption. As a punny result, Mývatn currently is a hot bed for various water birds.

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Gullfoss

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One of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland, the Gullfoss is a two-tiered waterfall that measures an impressive 105 feet tall. Referred to as the “Golden Falls” because of the way the light reflects in the water on a sunny day, the Gullfoss has a very colorful history. According to local stories, waterfall owner Tómas Tómasson was keen to sell it in the early 20th century before his daughter, Sigríður Tómasdóttir, stepped in. The story goes that Sigríður protested by walking barefoot along the rocky roads, arrived with bleeding feet to the falls and threatened to jump off if it was sold. As Gullfloos still remains in its natural state, it’s obvious that Sigríður did not jump. Even though the popular story is more legend than anything else, a memorial site was built in her honor at the top of the falls.

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Skaftafell National Park

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Situated between Kirkjubæjarklaustur and Höfn in the south of Iceland, Skaftafell National Park is Iceland’s second largest national park. With a spread of over 2800 square miles, the beautiful park is home to the Morsárdalur valley, Kristínartindar mountains, Skaftafellsjökull glacier and the 12 meter steep Svartifoss waterfall. The entire region was formed through a combination of volcanic eruptions and glacial water.

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