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Parks & nature in Iceland

Church
“Beautiful church. It took aprox 17 years to build it. Make sure to go to the top to enjoy the view”
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Pool
“The local swimming pool. Swimming pools are a big part of Icelandic culture. We love to go hang out and chat in the hot tubs and relax in the steam baths and sauna. Take your own swimsuits and bath towels and be prepared to shower before and after in a shared locker room. This one is my personal favorite due to the circular steam room and variety of temperatures in the hot tubs. After you can grab a burger at Hagavagninn, a coffee at Kaffihús vesturbæjar, get one of the best cinnamon buns in town at Brauð og co. or go to Ísbúð Vesturbæjar for an ice cream. Icelanders are also crazy for their ice cream and the swimming pool / ice cream combo is popular all year round!”
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Pool
“The neighborhood swimming pool. Heated outdoor and indoor pools, jacuzzis and saunas. Excellent in all weahers!”
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Scenic Viewpoint
“on top of Öskjuhlíð hill you can enter the Pearl, built on huge hot-water reservoirs and take the elevator up on 4th floor to enjoy the view. Or visit the glacier exhibition, or have a dinner on the 5th floor ”
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Pool
“Laugardalslaug is a swimming pool located in Laugardalur area. It has nice hot tubs and an area with waterslides for kids to play. ”
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Lake
“Kerið is approximately three thousand years old, making it roughly half the age of most volcanic calderas found in Iceland. This is the major reason as to why Kerið’s slopes are red in colour, rather than a volcanic black; the iron deposits are, geologically speaking, fresh. This vivid redness is part of the appeal of visiting this crater. The crimson rocks contrast dramatically with their surroundings, particularly the intense azure colour of the waters within the crater lake, and the verdant bursts of vegetation. Kerið is approximately 55 metres (180 feet) deep, 170 metres (558 feet) wide and 270 meters (886 feet) in circumference. It is possible to take a path right to the crater’s edge, to fully encircle it, and to descend down to the pristine waters of the crater lake.”
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National Park
“Þingvellir National Park is the only UNESCO World Heritage site on the Icelandic mainland and one of the three stops on the world famous Golden Circle sightseeing route The first thing that visitors to the National Park notice is its sheer aesthetic beauty; dried magma fields, covered in Icelandic moss, sit carved by glacial springs and surrounded by a bowl of ancient mountain peaks. Two of the greatest attractions in the park are the exposed North American and Eurasian tectonic plates; it is one of the only regions in the world where you can see geology such as this on land. Visitors are encouraged to walk along the North American tectonic plate, where they can read more about the area’s fascinating formation and history, before descending into the valley below. ”
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Bathing Area
“Secret Lagoon natural hot springs are located in the small village called Fludir and are in the Golden Circle area. We have kept it natural and unique for our guests so they can get the true Icelandic feeling. The pool’s natural surroundings and steam rising into the air gives the place a magical feeling. The warm water stays at 38-40 Celsius all year. In the whole area there are several geothermal spots and a little Geysir which erupts every 5 minutes, showing off for the guests relaxing in the hot spring. During winter, the northern lights often give a great lightshow above Secret Lagoon. What better way to view the spectacular light show overhead than relaxing in the pool’s warm water”
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Hot Spring
“Interesting place. There is a hot tub which is free to use. There is a changing room and you can even swim in the cold sea :)”
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Waterfall
“Waterfall: Seljalandsfoss is ca 40 minutes drive from Kaldakinn. Unique experience and do not miss walking BEHIND the waterfall AND to make a wish! :) It is for FREE! ”
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Monument / Landmark
“During summer nights you will see some lovely sunsets / midnight sun from this side of town.”
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Hot Spring
“A famous hot spring in South Iceland. This is the landmark from which the word “geyser” was derived and is now used to name several hot springs around the world.”
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Hot Spring
“Yes, we have a beach here. The sea is heated to tolerable temperatures...seriously it is. If it's a warm summers day, this is the place to be!”
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Park
“So nice to have a cup of coffee and a slice of cake at the cafe that can be found in the garden.”
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Garden
“Right next to The Family Park and Zoo in Laugardalur you'll find the less frequently visited inner-city paradise of Grasagarðurinn; the Reykjavík Botanical Gardens. The park is home to over 5,000 different species of plants, as well as an idyllic pavilion-with-a-pond café.”
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Park
“The massive stone arch of Dyrholaey is surrounded by black beaches and green meadows. It’s also full of birdlife including, you guessed it, puffins. The interesting structure of Dyrhólaey is reflected in the puffins’ burrows. Quite the little architect, the puffin will design its burrow to accommodate its pufflings perfectly. At the back they build a nest out of feathers and grass where they incubate the egg. There will also be a toilet area at the first bend in the burrow so the puffling can do its business without soiling its waterproof feathers. As the chick gets older, the toilet is moved closer to the entrance to accommodate its size. Super efficient!”
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