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Why Visit the Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

Welcome to beautiful Iceland! A plethora of great things to see awaits you in this country, however, one of the most important places to visit is Hnappavellir. Being the largest climbing area in Iceland, it attracts huge numbers of outdoor sports enthusiasts as well as nature lovers from all over the world by its proximity to the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Hnappavellir is also the second largest national park in Iceland, thus it goes without saying that the sceneries in the area are pretty spectacular.

The most popular activity and the highlight of Hnappavellir travel is undoubtedly rock climbing. As a matter of fact, this site is home to the country's hardest route, Kamarprobbinn! Beloved by foreigners as much as locals, Hnappavellir gathers numerous people each year to admire the imposing beauty of some of the highest peaks in Iceland. With over a hundred bolted sport lines and established trad lines, the site is a must for every avid climber.

A crucial part of sightseeing in the area is the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Icebergs covering the deepest lake in Iceland surely make up for one astonishing view which will leave you speechless. Located in the Vatnajokull National Park, the site provides with a diverse fauna of fish, birds and even seals! Did you know, that the icebergs there are composed of ice that is over a thousand years old? While marveling at it try to image the imposing size as only a small part of the iceberg is actually seen above the surface.

In addition to that, while in the national park, make sure to explore the astonishing Svartifoss waterfalls. The hike leading up to it provides with postcard-like sceneries of the lush nature and numerous smaller waterfalls along the way, making the journey worth the while, not to mention the destination itself. Don't miss the chance to visit the ice caves as well, another breathtaking attraction to surely consider adding to your Hnappavellir itinerary.

An absolute must-see while exploring the icy landscapes of the region is the Diamond Beach. The jaw-droppingly beautiful setting comprises of icebergs (big and small) washed ashore on the black volcanic sand resembling diamonds. Without a doubt, such scenery is to be witnessed nowhere else on Earth.

Another one-of-a-kind view that allures globetrotters and adventure-seekers is the phenomenon of Northern Lights which can actually be viewed in the area of Hnappavellir because of the clear night skies above the city.

Best Things to Do in the Galcier Lagoon

  • Immerse yourself in the cold beauty of Iceland's crystal-blue drifting icebergs
  • Take a picture by the floating icebergs of the lagoon and, if you get lucky, catch the Northern Lights
  • Visit the unique Diamond Beach filled with scintillating pieces of ice
 

Hnappavellir sightseeing attracts grand numbers of visitors each year, not to mention the amounts of marvelous pictures taken. See it for yourself! Just make sure to get your camera ready and put your hiking shoes on, as you're about to experience something truly unforgettable.

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