You need a break from work and you know Ireland with its Cork cottages and West Ireland holiday homes like the back of your hand? So Iceland will be the right destination for you. Iceland is a place of wonder and discovery with rolling sandy plateaus, ice-capped mountains, active volcanoes and mysterious geothermal pools to enjoy. Even though the Nordic European island country of Iceland is situated very far north, it has a surprisingly temperate climate due to the warm Gulf Stream. Two-thirds of Iceland’s 320 000 people live in the southwestern region, where there are plenty of cosy Southern Iceland cottages and beautiful Southern Iceland holiday homes available for visitors to rent.
In “The Book of Settlement” (Landnámabók), an ancient detailed account of the settlement of the island, Iceland is said to have had its first permanent resident, a chieftain named Ingólfur Arnarson, in AD 874. After him many Norsemen visited the island, staying for the winters. Later, more Norsemen relocated permanently and brought with them Gaelic slaves. Iceland mostly relied on fisheries and agriculture but joined the European Economic Area in 1994, allowing their economy to diversify into financial and economic services. Today Iceland stands as one of the most developed nations in the world.Iceland’s capital city and the world’s northernmost capital city, Reykjavík, is the heart of the county’s economic and governmental activity. This makes it a bustling and trendy city for tourists and tourism. One of Reykjavík’s characteristics is its closely clustered and brightly colored wooden houses. The city is packed with clubs, pubs, and cafes. If however, you choose to rent one of the many Southern Iceland holiday homes or rent a Southern Iceland cottage in the city, you may be surprised at the high prices as Reykjavík is one of the most expensive cities in the world.
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Iceland’s most popular tourist attraction is The Blue Lagoon. This famous geothermal pool truly is one of a kind; you won’t find anything like it anywhere else. The nearby geothermal plant pumps mineral-rich seawater into the pool giving the water its distinctive milky color. The thermal spa scenes from the film Hostel: Part II were shot at The Blue Lagoon.One of Iceland’s other most popular attractions is the Thingvellir National Park, a site of great geological, historical and cultural importance. Not only is it the place where the European and North American continental shelf plates are separating, but also the original site of the longest-running parliament in the world.With most of Iceland’s population and many tourist attractions situated in the southern parts of the island, you should have no difficulty finding a cosy Southern Iceland cottage, chalet or private Southern Iceland holiday homes on your Icelandic adventure.