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Today’s world is one dominated by metal and plastic. The phones we hold, the cars we drive, the buildings we live and work in; if it’s not one, it’s the other.
Though these are themselves wondrous, their presence often distracts us from the wonders of nature. Those few that we can see are often minor and are quickly swallowed up in our world of metal and plastic once more.
But if you want to see nature at its starkest and rawest, there are very few sights that can beat Iceland. We can recommend you which excursions on Iceland, will let you see most known nature miracle. Explore Iceland with our guide.
Mountains of Fire
Some may still remember the headache caused by Eyjafjallajokull in 2010. Verdant Iceland plays host to over a hundred and thirty volcanoes, of which thirty volcanic systems remain active and erupt with some frequency. Worry not; you won’t be visiting a volcano in the middle of an eruption.
Only sixty kilometres away from Reykjavik is one of the most popular volcanoes on Iceland. Kerið is an extinct volcano, which may go some way to explaining its attraction. The caldera itself proves that even nature’s most fiery offerings can still have their own severe beauty.
Red volcanic rock decorated by Iceland’s greenery frames a shallow aquamarine lake, a sight well worth charging admission to see. Indeed, Kerið‘s owners do, but worry not; we have the fee of ISK 400 covered in our tours.
A bit further afield is Snæfellsjökull. This magnificent vista quite ably demonstrates a very Icelandic sight: a volcano, the very epitome of fire and heat, being capped by a glacier. Literature enthusiasts may already be familiar with Snæfellsjökull from Jules Verne’s work Journey to the Center of the Earth, where the volcano serves as the entrance to the world below.
There are two ways to admire Snæfellsjökull: either from afar, taking in the view from Saxhóll crater nearby—or from below. Yes, below. The Vatnshellir Lava Cave was carved out by lava flow seven thousand years ago and now provides its own twist on Verne’s classic.
The Waters of Iceland
The same factors that grant Iceland its many volcanoes also grant it a good few hot springs, used for two purposes: powering the island with geothermal energy, and serving as the centrepieces for a good few spas.
The most famous of the springs is the Blue Lagoon, named one of the 25 Wonders of the World by National Geographic in 2012. The story of the Lagoon started not with a Viking chieftain, but with a geothermal power station. When Svartsengi Power Station started production in 1976, it output its wastewater out into a nearby lava field, quite unintentionally creating a pool.
It didn’t take long for people to try out bathing in it, as why waste some perfectly clean water? The combination of minerals in the water and algae in the pool helped people with skin conditions, and by 1987, public bathing facilities were set up, leading to the experience today. The Blue Lagoon is famous worldwide, enough that booking into it has to be done in advance.
Afield from Reykjavik, Lake Mývatn, the fourth largest on the island, plays host to the Green Lagoon. The same volcanic system that shaped the lake 2300 years ago also supplies the geothermal station of Bjarnarflag, and through that power station, the human-made Green Lagoon, the centrepiece of the Mývatn Nature Baths. The mineral-infused waters are said to help calm respiratory ailments. The sulphur is certainly strong enough to tarnish silver and brass; visitors wearing jewellery are advised not to wear it into the lagoon.
Ice That Moves
And of course, we must mention that which gives Iceland its name. 11% of the island’s area is covered by glaciers, and not only do they look magnificent, but the meltwater from the glaciers also feed the rivers and waterfalls of the island.
No thought of Icelandic glaciers can overlook the largest: Vatnajökull. The Water Glacier covers 9% of Iceland’s area and is the largest glacier in Europe by volume. The continuous cycle of freezing and melting creates a unique attraction beneath the ice cap: the caves.
Every winter, new caves form, and the local experts survey the best and safest ones to visit. Inside, the pure frozen water, without any air bubbles to add any hint of white, creates a breathtaking blue view.
Alternatively, have you ever wondered where icebergs come from? The Jökulsárlón lagoon hosts the chunks that calve off Breiðamerkurjökull (itself a tongue of Vatnajökull), where they hang about in the process of floating out to sea. Some of the icebergs instead wash up on the shore, making for a fascinating contrast against the black sand. The lake itself teems with fish, and with them, seals and seabirds to catch them.