Nature tour of Iceland – Land of fire and ice

Iceland – A Nordic Island located in northern Europe in North Atlantic Ocean. A very sparsely populated country which is famous for glaciers, Auroras(Northern Lights), volcanoes, Geothermal springs – Geysers, waterfalls, stunning landscapes, volcanoes and dramatic skies. Because of so many natural wonders, let’s go for a Nature Tour of Iceland – land of Fire and Ice. 

Planning a Trip to Iceland – Land of Fire and Ice
Planning a Trip to Iceland – Land of Fire and Ice

It is said, Iceland is a land of extremes with erupting hot active volcanoes among frozen glaciers.  As I am nature lover person, Iceland is always on my wish list to explore glacier parks, viewing auroras in dark skies, getting through ice caves/peaks, driving along the Golden Circle and taking the plunge into natural therapeutic waters of Blue Lagoon.  Iceland is heaven for nature photography and so  go for photo workshops of natural wonders of Iceland. 

 Recommended Places I would like to visit during Nature Tour of Iceland – Land of Fire and Ice

Generally, the round trip starts from Reykjavik(capital and biggest city of Iceland) covering the north and south coast and then back to Reykjavik

1.)  Reykjavik –  It is the northernmost capital of the world and the meaning of Reykjavik is “Smokey Bay”.  The city has very famous Hallgrímskirkja church, vibrant colorful streets, and lively nightlife. Iceland’s biggest and major international airport is in Reykjavik.  Also, you can arrive at Keflavik International Airport. 

Planning a Trip to Iceland – Land of Fire and Ice
Reykjavik – Capital city of Iceland

2. ) GOLDEN CIRCLE TOUR– Approximately 300 km scenic routes which have three major attractions –      Þingvellir National Park, Geothermal Hotspring/Geysirs, and Gullfoss Waterfalls. During this scenic drive, there are countless natural attractions and photogenic locations.

 Þingvellir National Park  – Also famous for very famous Silfra fissure which is the Mid-Atlantic Ridge passing through this place and divides the earth’s tectonic plates of Eurasia and North America.  Continental Divison can be seen here. 

Planning a Trip to Iceland – Land of Fire and Ice
Þingvellir(Thingvellir) National Park

Geothermal Hot-springs – Geysers –  Natural Geothermal site where hot steamy volcanic sulfurous water steams gushes out in an upward direction. Also, there is very famous Reykjadalur Hotsprings located on the active geothermal field. 

Planning a Trip to Iceland - Land of Ice and Fire

Gullfoss Waterfalls – Translated as “Golden Falls’ which is the most popular attraction of Iceland.  It is a 2 tiered waterfall which has more water passing than Niagara Falls

Planning a Trip to Iceland - Land of Ice and Fire

Golden Circle tour is 7 to 8 hours tour which you can book through official Iceland tourism site.

2.  BLUE LAGOON – It is a geothermal spa which is located in a lava field in Grindavik.  Actually, this lagoon is a therapeutic and relaxing spa which requires pre-booking and it is the most visited place in Iceland.  It is a large lake with waters at temperature 39 degrees Celsius located on a peninsula at the southwest of Iceland.  The waters of Blue Lagoon is known for the nourishing qualities and treats the skin naturally.  Also, this spa is in one of the 10 best natural spas of the world.

3. SOUTH COAST TOUR–  This tour comprises of,  visit Skogafoss waterfalls, ice caves tours, floating Glaciers in Glacier Lagoon and Black Sand Beach.  Here it is recommended to spend a night in an Icelandic Village to see Northern Lights or Aurora.

Planning a Trip to Iceland – Land of Fire and Ice
Northern Lights

Check for weather forecast before going for Northern Lights It should be clean sky and during winters only, it can be seen.  In south coast tour, glaciers could be seen and felt very close. It is a journey of the ice caves and glaciers. 

Planning a Nature Tour of  Iceland – Land of Fire and Ice
Planning a Nature Tour of Iceland – Land of Fire and Ice

The main attraction is Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon – having floating icebergs which is the unique place in Iceland.  So South coast tour is basically a tour of glaciers, floating icebergs, and waterfalls. 

Black Sand Beach – Located at south coast of Iceland and is one of the most famous beaches of the world.  The black sand at beach is made up of cooled lava and there are many basalt columns. There are many volcanic beaches in Iceland, but the most famous one is Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach 

Also visit to  Dyrhólaey is recommended in South Coast tour.  It is a small peninsula of volcanic origin.  It is 120 metre high promontory and a naturally formed arch.  Located in Vik volcanic village.  Views from this place is amazing.    

Iceland has glaciers, icebergs and also steamy volcanoes, geysers, geothermal area for which it is also known as Land of Ice and Fire.  Iceland is a land of contrasts between hot and col. You will find extreme cold places and extreme hot places.

There are many natural scenic locations which come while driving where you can find famous Icelandic Horses.  Icelandic horses are the purest forms of breed in the world.  If you come to Iceland and don’t meet an Icelandic horse then it is a big miss. 

Planning a Trip to Iceland – Land of Fire and Ice
Famous Icelandic Horses

Iceland has unpredicted weather and so always be prepared for it.  Warm clothes with waterproofing shoes and jackets are always required. Though Iceland has rough and unpredictable weathers, it is recommended to go for a guided tour through Iceland’s official tourism site.

 So let’s plan a Nature tour of Iceland – Land of Fire and Ice.

Photo Courtesy – Guide to Iceland official tourism site. 

So, till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………

 

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22 Comments

  1. I am so excited to visit Iceland! This was a wonderful post and your photos are amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  2. We adored the natural landscapes of Iceland, which we visited a few summers ago. Your photos bring alive the beauty of the scenery, which put us in mind of alien planets, it was so other-wordly!

  3. Ooooh very exciting! I am very jealous you will be visiting Iceland! Have fun planning, it looks like you are pretty much finished, and enjoy your trip! Also wrap up warm! Cannot wait to read about your adventures when you have been

  4. Such a exciting read! Iceland is on the very top of my list! your images are beautiful and as a horse lover, that one makes me just want to go even more !! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Iceland looks so beautiful. That first photo of the ice is absolutely stunning! I think I would like to see the northern lights and the icelandic horses. Most horses have 4 gaits (walk, trot, canter, gallop), but icelandic ones have a fifth gait called the tolt. So cool 🙂

    1. Wow, I was not knowing about the fifth gait part, you know so much about horses. For northern lights winter are more favorable.

  6. We still dream about visiting Iceland. The waterfalls are absolutely stunning but I love the way the geothermal springs play into everyday life from the Blue Lagoon to geysers. I would love to dive the fissure between the continental plates, but Icelandic Horses are a close second.

  7. Hi Yuki!
    Great post- I never made it to the Geyser during my road trip around Iceland as we stuck to the South-East roads and headed away from Reykjavik, but the photos are incredible!
    Did you get a chance to see the northern lights?

    I’ll be blogging about my Iceland trip in the near future 🙂
    Stephanie

    1. I haven’t been to Iceland, but this summers, I am planning a trip to Iceland and will share you my experiences.

  8. We may be the last people in the world who have had the opportunity to visit Iceland, but the country is on our “soon-to-visit” list. The geysers and waterfalls remind me of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. We would definitely want to take the Golden Circle Tour. I did not know you had to book the Blue Lagoon ahead of time. Thanks for the invaluable information.

  9. Iceland is a dream destination. Would love to visit someday and drive the amazing Ring Road. The country is a photographer’s paradise for sure and northern lights is so high on our list. Hopefully we get to visit soon.

  10. Iceland is so high on our bucket list! We also prefer round trips and your itinerary sounds pretty interesting! Knowing myself I’d prefer to spend more time at the Golden Falls than at the Blue Lagoon, I’ve heard it has become so crowded!

  11. I can’t WAIT to get to Iceland! I’m going late September into almost mid-October! I have most of the things you talked about on my list. I would like to do a photography tour though so I’m going to add that, thanks!

  12. I’m hopefully going to Iceland next year!!! This post made me even more excited about that. Great overview of things you have to see while there!

  13. Iceland remains on my bucket list, so thank you for your suggestions. Unfortunately, all the best airfares that I’ve seen are for dates outside of the best times to view the Nothern Lights, which is my number 1 bucket item.

  14. Iceland a truely magnificent county and one I have visited md experienced. It’s natural beauty is unparalleled and just so stunning. From the golden circle to the diamond beach it’s a plane beyond imagination. You have captured some of the main points and visuals are good as well. Thanks for sharing.

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