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Haukadalur: the Valley of the Geysers
The valley of Haukadalur is famous for its geysers which appear at regular intervals, sprouting from the depths of the Earth. The fault that crosses and divides the island is the origin of all the thermal activity, providing Iceland with its energy sustainability and one of the great spectacles on offer to the visitor.
The best known geyser is Stokkur, which erupts every 14 minutes, producing a column of burning water and steam reaching heights of 20 metres. A visit to Haukadalur also offers the opportunity to visit Iceland's biggest natural attraction and bathe in the thermal waters of Geysir, whether in summer or winter.
This is Reykjavik's most important church and its construction took almost 40 years. It is the tallest building in Iceland and boasts the best views of the city. Its architect, Guðjón Samúelsson, was inspired by the flow of lava in the design of the façade, while the rather sober interior contains three naves and a great German-style pipe organ. Just inside the door is the statue of the Messiah a representation of Jesus Christ when the Holy Spirit descended upon him at baptism, symbolising the Trinity.
Opposite the church is another statue, this one of Leif Eriksson, a monument commemorating the Alþingi, Europe's oldest parliament.
Iceland doesn't get many days of sunshine in a year, but when the sun does appear it makes for a marvellous time to go for a walk along Tjörn, Reykjavik's quiet tranquil lake located in the Old Town and a picture-postcard sight with the backdrop of coloured houses. This urban lake was where the first colonists arrived in Iceland in the 9th century and today it is common to see many family's enjoying its grassy banks and contemplating the 40 different types of birds that fly overhead.