The contrasting landscapes of Iceland

The island country of Iceland, which sits in the North Atlantic Ocean, has such a contrast of landscapes that it is known as the land of fire and ice. You will certainly find many glaciers here, especially in the western areas, and this is where the Vatnajokull, the largest in Europe, is located.

At the other end of the scale you will also discover dozens of both active and extinct volcanoes, as well as many hot springs, geysers and lava fields. It is a geological fact t hat there are more hot springs in Iceland than another country in the world, and the term ‘geyser’ is actually derived from the Great Geysir which is situated in Haukadular.

If that wasn’t enough, there are also dozens of waterfalls in Iceland including the stunning Black Falls and Dettifoss, which is Europe’s most powerful. Add to this the rivers, lakes, mountains, fjords and islands such as the Westman Islands and you have one of the most breath taking landscapes you are ever likely to witness.

The natural wonders of Iceland deserve to be explored fully, so make sure that you go to the Golden Circle, venture out into the highlands and visit the national parks; Vatnajokull, Thingvellir and Snaefellsjokul. Make sure you have your camera to hand prepare to be awe struck.

There is no doubt that in the winter, Iceland becomes a true wonderland. The plains and mountains are blanketed with freshly fallen snow, the waterfalls and lakes are frozen and to top it all, the most heavenly display takes place in the sky courtesy of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Entire villages, towns and cities are bedecked in twinkling lights at Christmas time, and the overall impression is one of pure magic.