Island - yacht charter, tourist guide, descriptions, routes, photos
Iceland is located in Northern Europe, on the island of Iceland and several smaller islands, on the border of the Arctic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Iceland has many volcanoes, including active ones - e.g. Hekla, Katla, Askja, Grimsvötn, Hvannadalshnúkur (the highest peak of the country) and numerous hot springs and geysers (there are about 750 of them in the country). The country largely uses cheap geothermal energy to heat homes. About 11% of the country is occupied by glaciers. From about mid-May to August on the island there is the so-called. polar day, which means it is bright almost all day. However, in winter, i.e. December and January, it is bright for only 2-3 hours. The weather in Iceland can be very changeable but there are no great temperature differences: in summer they are around 15 degrees, while in winter around 0 degrees. However, there are frequent rains and winds.
The coastline of the island is well developed. Smaller or larger settlements were located in numerous bays and fjords. The main city of the state is its capital Reykjavík. The main international airport is located in Keflavík. It is estimated that Iceland has twice as many sheep as people, and fishing is the basis of the local economy.
The island is visited by about 1 million tourists a year - and the number of tourists is limited due to the protection of the country's natural beauty.
Iceland is famous for its beautiful, rugged landscapes. Mostly rocky, because there are very few trees here. Worth visiting are the Westfjords and Latrabjarg - the westernmost point in Europe and the continent's largest breeding ground for birds. Thousands of birds can be seen on the 14-kilometre-long cliff, including cute, slightly comical puffins. In the Westfjords, it is worth taking the road 61 from Isafjordur to Holmavik. This is the wildest part of Iceland, full of mountains, waterfalls, bays, abandoned churches and grazing horses.
South Iceland offers us a view of the Vatnajokull glacier - beautiful caves and Jokulsarlon lake with blue blocks of ice floating on the water. There is also a volcano here, which caused a lot of trouble to all airline passengers in 2010 and demotivated all radio journalists of the world with its name - Eyjafjallajokull with its dark craters, dark earth, colorful mountains, moss-covered rocks and gigantic spaces.
In south-west Iceland, Hveragerdi is worth seeing - a still active area of land full of springs, fumes and hot rivers. It is also one of the favorite places of the Icelanders themselves to spend their free time. Being here, it is worth visiting Seljavallalaug - a geothermal pool located at the foot of the Eyjafjöll mountains, considered one of the best in the world. The Golden Circle is also located here. Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park – make up Iceland in a nutshell.
East Iceland is Hengifoss, the third highest waterfall in Iceland, and Lake Lagarflojt (where, according to legend, a monster lives, of course)
The Snefellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland is also worth a visit. The central part of this region is the volcano of the same name, on top of which there is a glacier.
North Iceland has to offer us around the Krafla volcano. These are very colorful areas, where something is constantly bubbling, burning and smoking. North Iceland is also home to Dettifoss, Europe's largest waterfall, and Hverfjall Crater, a giant extinct volcano that looks quite gloomy.
Yacht charter takes place from Reykjavik.
Interesting facts and tips:
• When exchanging currency, the bank clerk has the right to ask for an identity document. A person making a payment with a payment or credit card issued outside Scandinavia may also be asked for such a document.
• Low-cost airline Wizz Air flies to Reykjavik from Poland.
• exchange of foreign currency into Icelandic (and vice versa) takes place at bank branches. The exchange rate is set centrally and can be followed on the websites of individual banks: https://www.landsbankinn.com/, https://www.islandsbanki.is/, https://www.arionbanki.is/.
• it is forbidden to bring raw food products to Iceland: eg meat and sausages that have not been cooked. The ban also applies to dried, smoked, salted meat and other dried food products, unpasteurized milk and dairy products, raw eggs, etc.
• it is allowed to import fishing equipment and clothing previously used outside of Iceland, provided that the customs authorities are presented with a certificate issued by authorized services of other countries on disinfection. If you do not have a certificate, these items can be imported after prior disinfection at the expense of their owner
• carrying a knife or a sharp tool with a blade length of more than 7 cm in a public place is treated by the police on an equal footing with possession of a weapon. Therefore, a special permit from the local authorities is required to possess it.
• Iceland is a country known for its artistic creation - more specifically, music. in the country, there are about 50 major, minor and quite large music festivals during the year.