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Get an inside look at this Nordic island nation defined by its dramatic volcanic landscape of geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, glaciers and black-sand beaches. Read accounts of Iceland written by Nat Hab travelers and staff that will inspire your sense of adventure.
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Inspiring Iceland: Five Facts About the Land of Ice & Fire

Inspiring Iceland: Five Facts About the Land of Ice & Fire

—By Emily Goodheart
From cascading waterfalls to glistening glaciers, Iceland is full of hidden wonders waiting to be discovered by the adventurous traveler. Slumbering volcanoes and labyrinths of caves await exploration at Vatnajo¨kull National Park...
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Travel Tale: The Environmentalist Elves of Iceland

Travel Tale: The Environmentalist Elves of Iceland

—By Candice Gaukel Andrews
Historically, many cultures—such as those in Denmark, Norway and Sweden—have believed in elves. In Iceland, references to the word alfar (“elf” in Icelandic) first appeared in Viking-era poems that date back to the ninth century...
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Traveler Story: Adventures ‘Round Iceland

Traveler Story: Adventures ‘Round Iceland

—By Patricia Marron
From whale watching in the Westfjords, to an early morning Zodiac cruise in a glacier lagoon, to puffin photos on the rocks near Reynisdrangar Rocks, our journey ‘Round Iceland was an amazing collection...
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Video: Iceland at Its Most Elemental

Video: Iceland at Its Most Elemental

—By Candice Gaukel Andrews
According to the Sagas of Icelanders, a Norwegian named Naddoddr was the first Norseman to reach Iceland, arriving in the ninth century. During the one summer that he stayed there, he was surprised by the fact...
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Taking on the Tolt on an Icelandic Horse

Taking on the Tolt on an Icelandic Horse

—By Candice Gaukel Andrews
Small but strong, with a thick tail and a gorgeous, flowing mane, an Icelandic horse always inspires dreams of gracefully galloping over an ice- and snow-encrusted landscape on the back of a beautiful and spirited steed...
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Icelandic Women & Natural Wonders in the Land of Fire & Ice

Icelandic Women & Natural Wonders in the Land of Fire & Ice

—By Peter Davis Krahenbuhl
This seafaring nation that leads many social well-being indicators is also one of the far North’s most incredible places to experience the wonders of nature. In fact, although Iceland is a small island nation...
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