For those of us lured to the wilderness and excited by a sense of being at one with nature, Iceland has so many natural wonders it will leave you speechless. Superlatives are endless, put quite simply, Iceland is breathtaking.
An island near the Arctic Circle, between Greenland and Norway, Iceland is still in the midst of its own creation despite 20 million years of volcanic activity. Shaped by the unrelenting elements of fire, water, earth and air to create jagged mountain ranges, deep fjords, steaming lava fields, roaring rivers and black sand beaches. Here in the land of the midnight sun, adventurers come out to play. Watch lava flow while the night sky lights up, trek across glacial ice as it shifts below your boots, or visit the famous Blue Lagoon to immerse yourself in bubbling mud pools veiled by rising mists.
Cruise the abundant icy waters where giant humpbacks float between icebergs, and get up close to Puffins and the rare Artic fox. Or, follow the paths of Vikings atop a beautiful Icelandic horse across fields of bright green valleys. After all you’ve got all day (and night) to do it.
By contrast, in an insular winter with as little as 4 hours of daylight, is it any wonder that Icelanders have created a vibrant film and music culture and a nation of bookworms. As the most sparsely populated country in Europe, Iceland’s progressive, modern society continuously ranks in the top 3 nations for quality of life. And while it may be one of the smallest capital cities in Europe, the quirky, colourful city of Reykjavik, offers a rich sophisticated culture and a myriad of attractions and events all year round.
Iceland’s most famous active volcano is Mount Hekla. This stunning landmark has erupted 18 times since 1104, with the last eruption occurring in 2000. Other active volcanos are Grímsvötn, Katla, Askja and Krafla. Katla has erupted 20 times since the settlement of Iceland around 874 AD.
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The hunt for Northern Lights.