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Guest Post: Iceland National Parks and Wildlife Tours

What are the attractions in Iceland and which ones are important? Do I abide by specific rules while I’m exploring the surroundings? Why are the national parks here so popular?

If you’re thinking of visiting Iceland, these are some questions that’ll pop up in your mind after you find out more about it. But what if there’s a single answer to all these questions?

As you go through this post, you’ll find out everything you must know for your visit to the majestic island of Iceland.

It is undeniable that most of the Icelandic landscape is untouched and beautiful to behold. With time as a constraint, however, you may not be able to discover all of these landscapes. To make your trip fun and joyous, all around Iceland you’ll find different tours to ensure you enjoy every bit of the stay.

The Icelandic people take pride in their countryside, and for a good reason. There are not many places around the world with such immense natural surroundings.
What’s special about the National Parks in Iceland?

As mentioned earlier, the island is beautiful to witness, and the national parks are a sight to behold. Until 2008, Iceland was home to four stunning national parks. Later on two of them were combined to form a much bigger national park turning the number of such parks to 3. Several tours allow one to enjoy these utterly picturesque and natural reserves of Iceland.

1. Snaefellsjokull National Park

Snaefellsjokull National Park

Covering an area of 66 square miles, this National Park is located on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland. The center of attraction here is the 700,000-year-old stratovolcano, which is covered with ice. The tourists can visit the volcano’s summit during summer along with several archaeological ruins and modern-day fishing villages nearby. Another unique thing about this park is perhaps that it is the only one with a coastline, making it the sole such park that is inhabited by several bird species.

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Top 10 things to do in Greenland

Greenland - A place with so many natural wonders

Greenland – A place with so many natural wonders

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With an area of more than 2 million sq km’s, Greenland is considered as the largest island in the world. But just about 20% of this area is ice-free where the 56000 residents of the country reside. To give some perspective, there are only 0.03 people per square kilometer making Greenland the least densely populated country in the world.

I have always been enamoured with Greenland considering it’s large tracts of emptiness and it’s location far away from the rest of the world (it’s about 1300 kms away from the nearest landmass). While I generally write personalized travel posts, Greenland’s beauty encouraged me to research more about the country and plan a travel itinerary.

Tourism is just beginning to grow in the country and therefore I have listed the top 10 things to do or see in this mysterious land.

1) Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

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Like the rest of Scandinavia, parts of Siberia and more, Northern lights (or Aurora Borealis) is one of the prime attractions if you are in the country between November to March. Qaqortoq, Ittoqqortoormiit and Kangerlussuaq are the best places to see this phenomenon. These lights occur due to the sun’s electrically charged particles colliding with the earth’s atoms in the atmosphere. Moreover, it is said that Greenland is the best place in the world to see the Northern Lights.

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Rewind 2010 – The year of Wikileaks!

Julius Assange and his team of hacktivists were somewhat of an unknown quantity at least in most countries of the world before 2010. But the year 2010 turned them into celebrities so much so that Julius was condemned openly by leaders across the world, had threats of arrest and murder and was also finally jailed. Jailed that too for having sex without condoms with two Wikileaks employees (He has been subsequently bailed out). But even while he was jailed, the joke around was that he was arrested not for “sex without condoms“. But instead for raping country after country and leader after leader across the world!

Assange created Wikileaks to show to the world the kind of information which is hid from them by so called democratic governments and the kind of extreme torture perpetrated by dictators. Wikileaks rocked the world and especially the USA when it showed the collateral damage video where the US Marines blatantly shot many media professionals in Iraq suspecting them to be terrorists.

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Since then they have released more than 3,00,000 cables covering Afghanistan’s war, Iraq war as well as other documents involving leaders from Hillary Clinton to King Abdul Aziz to even Asif Ali Zardari.

So how does Wikileaks work?

Anyone and everyone can go to the Wikileaks website and submit the documents they have found out. Now these documents could be related to anything and everything. From India planning to start a Cold Start Doctrine against Pakistan after its attack on Parliament to showing magnanimous abuse against Afghanistani people, Wikileaks has shown it all.

After the documents are sent, the hacktivists go through the documents which are authoritative or real. The real ones are then published and the authors names are kept secret and they are also given legal protection for the same.

How does Wikileaks protect itself?

Julius Assange was part of a hacker collective called the International Subversives during his teens and the time there seems to have helped him build the entire system and protect it from hackers and other problems. This is why he has its servers in multiple continents and information passes through countries like Belgium, Sweden, Iceland to name a few.

The most interesting aspect of Wikileaks was the time during which Assange was arrested. Hacktivists across the world hacked into site after site from Master Card to Paypal who tried to freeze its accounts. And they also released thousands of cables even after the arrest showing their ability to work despite his arrest.

Wikileaks’s popularity is in part due to the controversy it has generated but more so because of the presence of social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook etc. where it has become such a common conversation that Twitter has barred it from trending.

Wikileaks – A completely stateless whistleblower organization! Is this the future of media and journalism? Your guess is as good as mine!!!

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