There are seven main regions of Iceland, all worthwhile and ideal for travelers to spend time in, both for their wide range of wildlife, and atmosphere. These seven major regions, each with their own features and attractions are West Iceland, The Westfjords, ReykjavÃk and the Capital Area, North Iceland, East Iceland, South Iceland, and The Highlands. Iceland is much different than a great deal of other countries; from surveys taken, statistics show that as much as 80% of the country believes in elves, and even in modern times such as these, construction projects have been re-routed, or detoured, in order to avoid disturbing places where elves are said to reside. Also, five hundred years before Christopher Columbus was even born, Leif the Lucky, is said to have been the very first European to set foot in North America. He was said to have landed in Newfoundland, where there have been found ruins of a Viking era farmstead.
There are several different exciting activities travelers can take advantage of while visiting Iceland, such as whale watching, where many species of whales can be seen in the Atlantic Ocean; then there’s bird watching, another popular activity in Iceland, because some places have large amounts of exotic bird life, both colorful tropical birds, and native cold-weather birds. Another popular activity amongst tourists is hiking in various regions of Iceland; with the many areas that are over 400 m above sea level, there are also glaciers, volcanoes, and lakes, that many people enjoy hiking through to see for themselves on foot. Horseback riding is an excellent activity for families and individuals, and rides can go from an hour, up to ten days. Other popular activities in Iceland include fishing, hunting, sea angling, kayaking, glacier tours, golf, including Midnight Golf; The Arctic Open, which takes place in June, annually. There’s also the ReykjavÃk Marathon, which is another annual event, as well as river rafting, and swimming, also popular because a great deal of swimming is done in therapeutic hot springs, found naturally in Iceland.
Cuisine in Iceland ranges from the delicious, to the bizarre. For instance, the fresh seafood, and mountain lamb. The traditional preparation for the lamb is by smoking it, which is delicious, although the traditional preservation is used in a few areas as well, which is by burying the meat in snow to keep it cold, which was used before there were refrigerators. One of the more adventurous types of food you’ll find in Iceland is by sight alone, something that would raise the hairs on your neck. Rotten shark, cured by being buried, and then chased with some Black Death schnapps.
Finding a place to stay in Iceland is easy enough, for instance, there are over a hundred different campsites in Iceland, hostels, private accommodations, such as inns or hotels, summerhouses, cottages, farmhouse accommodation, and guesthouses. Getting around in Iceland is most often done with a vehicle; the roads have a loose layer of gravel on them, in order to provide traction, when conditions are icy. Traveling in the summer is more ideal than winter for obvious reasons; conditions may be too harsh to properly enjoy some activities in certain areas.