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Kinderdijk

Around 17% of the land area of the Netherlands has been reclaimed from the sea or lakes. This was achived by building dams and windmills. The latter were used to pump the water (as well as to grind grain into flour and to saw wood).

In 1740s a system of 19 windmills was built in Kinderdijk in order to drain the polders. Today these windmills are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Netherlands.

Kinderdijk
The windmills of Kinderdijk

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Keukenhof

Thinking about a romantic present for your girlfriend? Invite her to Keukenhof in the Netherlands. This is one of the largest gardens in the world with millions of flowers. Most of them are tulips.

Keukenhof flower garden
You will not find so many sorts of tulips elsewhere

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The caves of Remouchamps

A substantial part of Belgium is covered by Ardennes (French: Ardenne; Dutch: Ardennen), a region of extensive forests, hills and ridges. You can do a lot of fun things there such as walking, cycling, fishing, climbing, canoeing and kayaking. What you can also do is just to enjoy beautiful nature. For instance, you may decide to visit some of the caves. We visited the caves of Remouchamps (French: Grottes de Remouchamps; Dutch: Grotten van Remouchamps) and we did not regret.

Grotten van Remouchamps
A river inside the cave

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Raufarhólshellir

There are several lava caves in Iceland. Raufarhólshellir is one the longest and the best-known ones. By visiting this cave you can get a feeling of inner workings of a volcanic eruption that occured about 5200 years ago.

Raufarhólshellir is a lava tube near the Bláfjöll mountains

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Kerið

Kerið is not just a stunning lake. It is a lake inside of a volcanic caldera (a caldera is the center of a volcano). The water is a nearly neon blue and it is surrounded by rare red volcanic rock.

The area around Kerið is not hilly anymore so it is hard to imagine that thousands of years ago this lake was an active volcano.

Kerið
Kerið

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Seljalandsfoss

This waterfall is perhaps the most famous in Iceland. It is like a dream come true! Here you have a possibility to look at the water “from inside” i.e. you can walk underneath it.

Walking underneath Seljalandsfoss

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Gljúfrafoss

Every waterfall in Iceland has something special. The speciality of Gljúfrafoss is that it is not visible from outside.

The hidden treasure

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Eyjafjallajökull

Eyjafjallajökull is a volcano that managed to cancel a lot of flights around the world in 2010. The eruptions started on April 10 and went on till the middle of May. Fortunately, nobody died although many people were evacuated and the local farmers had to restore their property.

Eyjafjallajökull misbehaved in 2010

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Skógafoss

A peculiarity of Skógafoss is that you often see a rainbow there. The waterfall looks a bit like hair of a blond Icelandic girl.

Skógafoss and a rainbow

The foto makes an impression that the waterfall is small while in reality it is pretty large. There is a way to go up and to observe it from above.

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Dyrholaey

Dyrholaey sounds funny to Russian speaking people since “dyrho” sounds as “a hole” in Russian and the rock does have a big hole (aka an arch) at the bottom. This natural sculpture is one of the symbols of Iceland and you should include it into your program without any doubt.

Dyrholaey with a “dyrho”

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