9 Amazing Views of Iceland

Discover the World, an online travel company, puts up some good blog posts from time to time. Obviously it's an incentive for people to book their holidays but that doesn't mean I can pinch their suggestions. Here's one they posted in June 2017.

So much more than simply the Land of Fire and Ice, Iceland is a deservedly popular holiday destination. Its incredible landscapes and natural wonders lure visitors to return time and time again - head-spinning waterfalls, snow-capped volcanoes, dreamy fjords and iceberg-studded lagoons. We've collated 9 of our favourite images to showcase some of the country's astounding beauty...

1. Jokulsarlon, Southeast Iceland

Calved from a sweeping glacier tongue, hundreds of blue and shimmering white icebergs drift serenely towards the Atlantic Ocean in this magical place. Crystal-like bergy bits glitter on the adjacent black sand beach providing a roadside wonder that does not disappoint.

2. Lake Myvatn, North Iceland

One of Iceland's foremost areas of natural beauty, Lake Myvatn offers volcanic curiosities, geothermal activity and abundant birdlife. Pseudocraters, lava pillars, bubbling mud pools, steam vents and vast craters provide the geological wonders, while Barrow's goldeneye and harlequin ducks take centre stage amongst the wildfowl for which the area is famed.

3. Puffins in the West Fjords

Nothing stirs the senses more than a sea cliff crammed with thousands of nesting guillemots and kittiwakes, with puffins adding to the avian hullabaloo with their airborne sorties from clifftop nesting burrows. Rising to 440m, Latrabjarg is the largest seabird cliff in Iceland.

4. Borgarfjordur Eystri, East Fjords

Known to the locals as Bakkagerfi, the charming drive to Borgarfjordur Eystri is one to enjoy at a timely pace. On one side, you'll enjoy the magnificent Dyrfjoll (Door Mountain) and on the other, a range of rhyolite mountains.

5. Thorsmork, Southwest Iceland

Named after the Norse God, Thor: God of Thunder, Thorsmork is a spectacular mountain ridge, located between the two glaciers: Tindfjallajokull and Eyjafjallajokull. Explore by 4WD in the summer months, but when winter falls - book a thrilling Superjeep exploration through the snow.

6. The Highlands, Central Iceland

The Highlands of Iceland are an uninhabited land where hot springs bubble through sulphur crusted vents and icecaps crouch on the horizon, ghostly grey and austere. Pimpled with volcanoes and scratched by rivers seething with glacial meltwater, it's a dusty, bone-shaking, grit-between-your-teeth kind of place. You simply have to go!

7. Turf Church in a Lava Field, Southeast Iceland

Did you know, with around 32 volcanic systems, 11% of Iceland is covered by lava fields, much clad in moss? This traditional 18th-Century turf church in Hof, Southeast Iceland, was created as protection from the elements and remains one of the last standing in the country today.

8. Dyrholaey Peninsula, South Coast of Iceland

A former island, Dyrholaey is a small peninsula close to the village of Vik on Iceland's southernmost coastline. Choose to drive top the top of the peninsula for spectacular views, before heading down to explore the black-sand beaches that surround.

9. Northern lights, throughout Iceland

As the evenings begin to draw closer in September, so the aurora season begins continuing throughout the winter months into late April. Autumn and spring are ideal times to combine leisurely exploring by day with the prospect of seeing this magical lightshow at night. For the best chance of spotting the aurora, head away from all light pollution staying in countryside locations.




Last updated 04 June 2017 08:03

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