Have you been thinking about travelling to Iceland but still on the fence? Need a little bit of convincing before pulling the trigger on that flight ticket? Worried Iceland is just an icy wasteland that’s way too cold? Well don’t worry, we pulled out 10 photos from our photo library that we think will definitely make you drop what you‘re doing and book a flight there like, right now!
1. Mount Vestrahorn Bathed in Auroras
I mean, just look at this. How can you resist the chance of seeing this light show? This amazing photo of the aurora borealis was snapped at Vestrahorn which is located in east-Iceland, not far from the town of Höfn. Vestrahorn is a 454-meter high mountain that towers over the area of Horn. The mountain is one of Iceland’s few gabbro rock mountains.
2. Jokulsarlon in the Twilight
Are you convinced yet? Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is without a doubt the best known, and the largest, of a number of glacial lakes that can be found in Iceland. Jokulsarlon is situated at the south end of the glacier of Vatnajokull, right between the Skaftafell preservation area in Vatnajokull National Park and Hofn. The lagoon’s size is increasing, since the glacier is constantly receding. It is also the deepest lake in Iceland, with latest measurements showing a depth of almost 300m.
According to Icelandic folklore the amazing monolith of Hvítserkur is a troll that was caught by the sunlight and turned to stone. The name means white shirt in Icelandic. The foundations of Hvítserkur were slowly breaking away, but a few years ago they were reinforced with concrete to preserve the rock.
4. Strokkur Spouting at Geysir Geothermal Area
This one must seal the deal for you. Strokkur (the churn) is the most energetic spouting spring in Iceland today. It spouts relatively regularly, every few minutes, sometimes reaching a height of about 40 m, but generally less than 10-20 m. Geysir and Strokkur are a part of the Golden Circle tour, the most popular tourist route in Iceland.
Gunnuhver is a mudpool located in the Reykjanes Peninsula, south of Keflavik international airport. It is named after the female ghost Gunna, which is said to have been tricked by a priest to fall into the pool, about 400 years ago.
6. Icelandic Horses Grazing in the Sun
All right, the Icelandic horse. The fuzzy steeds that melt every traveller's heart when they stop to greet them. Icelandic horses are found all over Iceland, often lazily grazing in the fields or running majestically in a herd. The Icelandic horse is well known for being the only breed that has five gaits. The breed is also characteristically known as being a bit smaller and stockier than other horse breeds. But don’t call them ponies to an Icelander’s face if you’re not ready to be schooled in how they are not ponies!
7. Glacier Tunnel in Langjokull
When in Iceland, you’ll get an unmissable opportunity to see the majestic world inside the heart of Langjokull glacier with your own eyes and explore 2500 years of ice sculpting by the hand of nature. A monster truck will transport you up to the entrance of the tunnel, which is situated at 1200m above sea level.
8. Kerid Volcanic Crater
It was first thought that Kerið was formed by a huge volcanic explosion a long time ago, as is usual for volcanic craters. However, research findings now tell us that the crater was probably a cone volcano which erupted and emptied its magma reserve. The cone then collapsed into the magma chamber and created the magnificent crater lake, which is bordered by distinct, strongly coloured, red volcanic rock.
9. Laugavegur Hiking Route
The Laugavegur hiking trail is renowned worldwide for its extreme diversity and stark naturaly beauty. The trek starts in Landmannalaugar, a geothermal rainbow coloured wonderland in the Icelandic highlands. From there the trail winds through deserts, plains and gorges, before ending in a lush birch forest in the valley of Thorsmork. The trek takes about five days, but if you’re in a hurry you can also do it in less than that.
10. Behind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss is a very photogenic waterfall that plunges from ancient sea cliffs down over 60 m to a shallow pool at the bottom. It is possible to take a walk behind the waterfall and enjoy the beautiful scenery from there, an easy and popular activity for those who visit the waterfall. The water comes from the infamous volcano and glacier Eyjafjallajökull, which erupted in 2010.
So.. Have you booked that ticket yet?