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Fjaðrárgljúfur, The Most Beautiful Canyon in the World

Have you eve seen a canyon so beautiful? Fjaðrárgljúfur is a canyon in south east Iceland that’s known for its breathtaking beauty.

It’s up to 330 feet deep and about one-and-a-quarter kilometers long, with a river called Fjaðrá flowing through it.

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23 Reasons Iceland Is The Best Country On The Planet

Iceland is a place of surreal beauty.

The incredible landscape of the island is staggering. Most of the country is an uninhabited moonscape of craters, bright green moss, towering glaciers, volcanoes, hot springs, and fields of lava rock.

It is so other-worldly that it is often the backdrop in sci-fi films. Iceland was the inspiration for Tolkien’s stories and is sometimes even used as practice for moon-landings.

Plus, the people are really, really nice — and I should know since I’m from there.

Here are just a few reasons why Iceland is the most wonderful country on Earth.

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Iceland becomes first country to legalise equal pay

A new law making it illegal to pay men more than women has taken effect in Iceland.

The legislation, which came into force on Monday, the first day of 2018, makes Iceland the first country in the world to legalise equal pay between men and women.

Under the new rules, companies and government agencies employing at least 25 people will have to obtain government certification of their equal-pay policies.

Those that fail to prove pay parity will face fines.

“The legislation is basically a mechanism that companies and organisations … evaluate every job that’s being done, and then they get a certification after they confirm the process if they are paying men and women equally,” said Dagny Osk Aradottir Pind, a board member of the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association.

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Iceland seeks return to political stability with new prime minister

Katrín Jakobsdóttir takes reins of left-led coalition pledging to invest in public services and sustain economic recovery

The leader of Iceland’s Left-Green movement has become the country’s new prime minister at the head of a broad three-party coalition that could restore a measure of political stability after a succession of scandals.

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Large Earthquake Shakes Iceland Bardarbunga Volcano Site

A 5.4 magnitude tremor has hit the Bardarbunga volcano early on Saturday, but there were no signs of a fresh eruption.

The quake was recorded at 0703 GMT, said Icelandic Met Office seismologist Martin Hensch.

The latest quake comes a day after a small eruption along a fissure in a glacier about 40km from the main crater in Iceland’s largest volcano system.

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Iceland Blocks Shipment of Venezuela-bound Tear Gas

The Icelandic Ministry of Transport and Local Government has denied the European Transport Agency‘s request for permission to transport anti-riot gear to Venezuela, mbl.is reports.

The gear in question consists of 16 tons of tear gas from China. The Ministry couldn‘t accept the transfer due to areas in Venezuela not respecting human rights.

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Know Before You Go: Driving Iceland’s Ring Road

In a few short years, Iceland has fast become the go-to spot for adventurous American travelers. The country’s Route 1 (aka “Ring Road”) is its most iconic road trip and with good reason. Here’s what you need to know before you go.

How to Go

Given its popularity, there’s no shortage of guided bus tours that travel all or part of Iceland’s Ring Road. While such tours will present you with all the highlights, a self-drive tour is the way to go, especially for adventure travelers. Opt to either rent a car or, the better option in our opinion, to rent a campervan.

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