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The Folklore of Lakes and Waterfalls in Iceland
Iceland’s many lakes and waterfalls are steeped in myth and legend—ancient tales of fairy folk, hidden treasure and Norse gods surround these watery realms.
Discover the Top Places to See Animals in Iceland
—By Michelle Peters
When one daydreams about Iceland, the images that likely spring to mind are volcanic landscapes and vast glaciers—after all, this is the Land of Fire and Ice. And yet, despite the harsh Arctic temperatures, wildlife enthusiasts find a plethora of wondrous Iceland animals rarely seen by the average tourist.
How to Unplug on an Iceland Adventure
Being more present on an Icelandic trip doesn’t just apply to better wildlife and landscape viewing. Icelandic culture is rooted in magic, mythology and mystical beings, and no visitor will be able to curiously play with exploring the possibilities of those realms from behind a screen.
Iceland’s Magical Creatures
Iceland’s elves are intricately linked with the country’s natural landscape, and disturbing their supposed home could wreak havoc on the local surrounds. And they’re not Iceland’s only mythical creatures...
An Insider’s Guide to Iceland
Circle the Land of Fire and Ice like a local!
Iceland Full Circle: A Photo Pro Expedition
Imagine photographing sweeping vistas in the golden light of the Midnight Sun, capturing a majestic humpback whale as it breaches from the icy waters of the Atlantic and framing a puffin as it dives off a moss-laden precipice. These are just a few of the epic sights you can experience on Iceland Full Circle: A Photo Pro Expedition!
Iceland’s Volcanos and Glaciers: Fire and Ice
Everywhere you look in Iceland, there is evidence of the dramatic interaction between fire and ice.
A Guide’s Guide to Iceland’s Waterfalls
Waterfalls are only a small piece of the experience of Iceland, but they are endlessly fascinating. The dynamic way in which Iceland was formed and is still forming ensures that around every corner there will be something new to see. In my opinion, time spent enjoying, exploring and photographing these waterfalls is a highlight of our Iceland expeditions.
Iceland’s Greenhouses: Creating a Sustainable Food System
In a place known for its glaciers and lava fields, short summers, and cold climate, the fact that Iceland can produce a wide variety of food crops is impressive. This is in large part thanks to greenhouse horticulture.
Iceland’s Volcanoes: How Was Europe’s Second Largest Island Formed?
Iceland today is home to about 130 volcanoes (roughly 30 are considered active) and there is usually an eruption every decade or half-decade. Approximately a third of the basaltic lava that has erupted in recorded history (since around 1500 AD) has been produced by Icelandic eruptions.
Iceland Video: The Eruptive Side of the “Land of Fire and Ice”
Let’s take a closer look at the “fire side” of Iceland for a change, turn over some stones, so to speak, and try to discover how this peaceful and enchanting island relates to the Red Planet.
Video: Iceland at Its Most Elemental
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...
Travel Tale: The Environmentalist Elves of Iceland
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...
Inspiring Iceland: Five Facts About the Land of Ice & Fire
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...
Taking on the Tolt on an Icelandic Horse
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...