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1001 Places I’d like to Visit Before I Die #12 – Iceland

April 11, 2012
Republic of Iceland
Iceland, summer. via http://patulkaa.deviantart.com

Remember the Mighty Ducks? It was one of the movies I watched a lot as a youngster and I particularly remember a scene about Coach Gordon Bombay eating ice cream with their opponent’s coach, conversation goes like:

Coach Bombay: I thought Iceland was covered with ice.
María: No, it’s very green!
Coach Bombay: I thought GREENLAND was green!
María: Greenland is covered with ice, and Iceland is very nice!

Thus, aside from the many photos I’ve seen and other stuff I learned about Iceland and the attractive package tours from http://www.icelandunlimited.is, my want to see the not so icy part of Iceland made me list it as the number 12 of the places I would like to visit.

Of the packages offered, the 10-day budget round trip group tour sounds most convenient. Here are some of the things one can do and see while there. Reykjavik is considered a good place  for whale watching on Iceland…for kids who are fascinated with sea creatures, this would be a must. It is also a wonderful place to stroll and one can have a great view of Esjan, Reykjavík’s most popular mountain. Mountains on sunny days can be seen at the town of Akranes glistening in the sun. A perfect photo-taking opportunity.

solfario iceland viking sculpture
Sólfarið - The Sun Voyager, Reykjavík via http://www.virtualtourist.com

At the waterfront, perhaps a 5 -minute walk from Lækjartorg-square, The Sun Voyager sculpture (Sólfario) can be viewed. It is a big Vikingship steel-sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason, a reminder of our history and heritage when the first Viking settlers came sailing to Iceland. While there, you can also  watch breathtaking sunsets, a truly romantic scene.

There are also many interesting buildings to see, museums to explore and churches to visit and galleries to view. If you are the adventurer type, you can watch the geysers which display fantastically water erupting meters high. Just be careful not to scald yourself. There are a hundred more reasons why Iceland should be visited, I bet you could cite one or two as well.

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  1. ahaha, i remember when i was still young i also thought Iceland is covered with ice, thought the name was derived from what you can see in their place lol

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