ICELANDIA The journey through the active volcanic landscape of Iceland features many breathtaking sights. Reykjavik, also known as 'Smokey Bay', is one of the smallest and cleanest capitals in the world and the northernmost capital on the Planet. Many of the houses of the Old Town are protected monuments such as its oldest building that dates back to 1751. The fishing industry plays an important role in Iceland's economy and accounts for around eighty per cent of its export trade. Whale watching is the ideal way to experience the giants of the deep, mainly mink, humpback and fin whales. The Blue Lagoon is the country's most popular bathing location with turquoise water at a temperature of 40*C surrounded by lava and its water so full of minerals that it has a healing effect. With its many glaciers, volcanoes and rivers Iceland is an Eldorado for those with an interest in geology. The mighty Gullfoss Waterfall hurls down into the abyss below while the Skogafoss, one of Iceland's highest waterfalls, plunges sixty metres across the cliffs. With its numerous waterfalls Iceland is well endowed with large natural energy reserves. Vik is located in a picturesque valley and although the winds there are extremely fierce the village is a popular starting point for walking trips. Measuring 8,300 square kilometres, the Vatnajoekull Glacier is the largest in Europe. Remarkably, each of Europe's other glaciers would fit within it. Iceland is a land of geysers, volcanoes, lava deserts, waterfalls and green meadows. A natural fantasy of water, fire and ice!
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