Iceland is a Nordic island nation situated in the North Atlantic Ocean. Iceland has a population of about 333,000 and an area of 103,000 km2 (40,000 sq mi), making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe.
Iceland’s capital and largest city is Reykjavík. Reykjavík and the surrounding areas in the southwest of the country are home to over 2/3 of the population. The city of Reykjavik runs on geothermal power, and is home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history.
Iceland is seismically and geologically active, making for dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields. The interior of the island nation consists of a plateau characterized by sand and lava fields, mountains and glaciers. Many of the glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate, despite its high latitude being just below the Arctic Circle. However, the high latitude and the marine influence keep summers chilly, with most of the archipelago having a tundra climate.
Massive glaciers are protected in Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull national parks.
With its natural wonders and scenic beauty, Iceland is a popular tourist destination. Access being limited to air or ship does not diminish the popularity, so of course hostels and other tourist accommodations are available. Below are a list of hostels…
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