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The Blue Lagoon – This tourist attraction just outside of Reykjavik was created from a combination of man-made and natural means. In the winter, you can keep your body warm in the water while watching the Northern Lights.
Hofn – Hofn has a population of about 1,600. The Gamlabud Folk Museum has folk art, including ornamental saddles and bridles a film, and demonstrations of traditional agricultural and fishing techniques. When you visit the Glacier Exhibition you will discover the science behind the glacier. It is a great stop before hiking, skiing, or snowmobiling across the Vatnajokull glacier.
Akureyri – With a population of around 20,000, Akureyri is the second largest urban area in Iceland. The Botanical Garden has a remarkable outdoor variety of plants, while the Industry Museum highlights most of the companies that have existed in Akureyri. Authors Jon Sveinsson and David Stefansson both have house museums here.
Husavik – Husavik, population about 2,000, is the best city to plan a session of whale watching. Nearby, you will find the magnificent waterfalls of Dettifoss, Hafragilsfoss, and Selfoss. In addition, the Husavik Museum has a nice display of Icelandic history.
Isafjordur – The population of this town is only 2,500, but you should be sure to see Sudureyri – a fishing village, the Dynjandi waterfall, and the Westfjords Maritime Museum.
Helka Center – For the brave at heart, visit this active volcano, which erupts on average once a decade. The visitor center gives information about the history of the volcano, and you can even see the well-preserved remains of a Viking longhouse that was in its eruption path. For the extremely adventurous, find a guide to help you hike to the top.
Buses link communities but there are no local services. Most buses only stop at a petrol station in each town. Some routes close or are sporadically served during the off-season. Buses can be quite expensive and even cost more than an airplane ticket to the same destination.
The roads are usually good and clear except in the winter. The Public Roads Administration has hourly updates on highway conditions, which you can receive through their website or hotline. Highway 1 makes a complete ring around the island and offers a relaxing way to view the country. Always fill up when you come to petrol stations.
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