A magical island marooned at the top of the world, Iceland is a country of sharp contrasts- where the incredible blue glaciers offset the smouldering volcanos, where dark winter’s day is followed by summer’s midnight sun, and where nature reigns supreme.
With only 20% of the country habitable, the main hub is Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, first settled by Vikings in 874AD. Framed by the dramatically dominating Mount Esja to the north and Faxafloi Bay to the west, Reykjavik not only showcases a tantalizing taste of Iceland’s natural beauty, but also hosts celebrated post-rock festivals, countless famed restaurants and a vibrantly varied culture.
Aside from Iceland’s cosmopolitan capital, the outlying dwellings towards Snaefellsnes Peninsula and West Iceland are small with fishing hamlets and farming towns nestled along the coastal fringes. The Interior, Iceland’s uninhabited eastern highlands and southern coast, is predominately covered in lava fields, ash deserts and the frigid vastness of Vatnajokull, the largest ice cap in the country covering more than 8% of Iceland. Stark, windswept and raw, this barren land is unlike any other with its mind-blowingly cinematic vistas, infinitely grey horizons and geothermal blue lagoons. Perfect for fjord excursions, white water rafting and hiking, North Iceland is also not one to be missed with its colossal collection of powerful waterfalls, glacial rivers, ancient mountains, and dramatic volcanic canyons.
A country of fire and ice, Iceland is a combination of beautiful brushstrokes of lime greens, turquoise blues and sunset reds, so whether you are wanting to see the Northern Lights, follow the footsteps of ancient Vikings on the Golden Circle, climb through awe-inspiring glaciers or go hiking in Iceland under the midnight sun, this Arctic wonderland will leave you mesmerized by its mystical splendour.
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