Iceland is a volcanic island, which originated only about 16 million years ago and is therefore one of Europe’s youngest regions. Unique is the landscape with her fjords, impressive waterfalls, bubbling geysers and gigantic glaciers as well as the willful, uninhabited highland, partly resembling a moon landscape.
The country has a total area of 103,000 square km. The coast line runs along 6,000 km, the distance between North and South is around 300 km, between East and West ca. 500 km.
Iceland has around 300,000 inhabitants, of which around 170,000 live in Reykjavik and its surroundings.
The Icelanders voted for the first democratically elected woman as their head of state in 1980 Mrs. Vigdis Finnbogadottir. They are very open and progressive on one hand, but on the other hand they believe in their myths and old “sagas”. Therefore there is hardly a difference between the Icelandic language spoken today and that spoken during the first settlement, but English is very widely spread.
Having a trip tailor-made to your interests, having your own guide, and having local experts usher you through all of the tricky transportation transitions made this one of the most enjoyable trips I've ever taken. We were able to travel at our own pace and to get all of our questions answered.
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