– The modern and busy capital city of Reykjavik (incidentally the northernmost sovereign capital in the world) belies the fact that the country is largely unpopulated with very few people per square mile. You do not have to venture far from the city to be hiking, biking or pony trekking in wide-open spaces with pollution-free air.
– if you love animals, the distinctive Icelandic pony is a must see and ride. Because this country is an island, there is also whale watching, sea birds to spot (take a puffin tour), and fishing.
– Iceland is both “Land of Fire and Ice” and also “Land of the Midnight Sun”. The largest glaciers in Europe have their home here coexisting with volcanoes, hot springs, and geysers. Icelanders co-exist quite well with their very active volcano environment, and put the geothermal energy to effective use for heating, and the natural hot water for swimming. The famous Blue Lagoon, a spa near the capital, uses the water from a geothermal plant to provide bathing in temps up to 102 Fahrenheit. The minerals in the water are supposedly curative.