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PantherMedia CityTrips Special: Iceland
This week we head north - more specifically to Iceland!
Iceland - storied and full of mysteries
Iceland - with 'only' 20 million years of geological history is not only one of the youngest countries in Europe - it was also one of the last areas to be populated. In the 8th century AD, Irish monks settled there, but this has not been clearly proven, yet. Medieval documents state that the Icelanders probably descended from the Vikings. Archaeologists have confirmed that around the year 870 there was a first Viking settlement. From there, the Vikings, via Greenland, also made the leap to North America. Long before Columbus.
The pure natural beauty
Iceland is one of the largest volcanic islands in the world. Its unique nature is characterized above all by contrasts. Iceland is famous for its geysers, fjords and waterfalls. The most famous waterfalls Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss are located very close to the National Park Thingvellir. Also, unusual lava and scree deserts can be found in Iceland. Incidentally, these natural beauties can best be explored quite traditionally on the back of an Icelandic horse.