With intense volcanic activity and 11% of its area covered in ice, Iceland is often referred to as the “Land of Fire and Ice“.
This photo essay will take you from icebergs to steaming lava fields and from glacier to volcanic craters. Get transported to another world.
Land of Fire and Ice
The most famous glacier lagoon in Iceland is Jokusarlon. Right next to the Ring road you can admire icebergs of many shapes and sizes detach from the glacier and float towards the ocean. I prefer it with fog, as icebergs seem to appear from nowhere. What do you think?
Jokulsarlon beach in South Iceland brings you both ice and fire: icebergs from the glacier float to the ocean and wash off on the volcanic black sand of the beach. This site is intriguing by all weather with white, black and blue icebergs to admire up-close.
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Leirhnjukur steaming lava
Leirhnjukur is a little off the beaten path in North Iceland and well worth the detour.
A track takes you through a lava field that is still steaming, 30 years after the last volcanic event. Just don’t venture off the marked path if you don’t want your soles to melt!
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Fjallsarlon is a glacier lagoon in South Iceland. Icebergs detach from the glacier Vatnajökull and float around. This lagoon has no escape to the sea so the icebergs melt right there next to you.
Part of the Golden Circle Iceland, the geyser of Strokkur erupts every 5 to 8 minutes and reaches 20 meters (and sometimes 40 meters). It is one of the most visited places in Iceland, and a clear evidence of the fire under the earth.
Glaciers at every turn
While driving around Iceland, you won’t get bored. Especially in South Iceland where you can turn and find yourself facing a wall of ice…
Hverfjall Volcanic Crater
In North Iceland, you can climb the Hverfjall volcanic crater. It is a bare symmetrical crater thought to have been created by an explosion 2800 year ago. It is one of the largest of its kind. The walk on the rim is quite impressive. To give you an idea of the size, there are people on the rim in this picture. Can you spot them?
Hot Bath at the Blue Lagoon
Iceland factories pump water from deep under the earth surface to generate electricity from its heat.
After the process the water, which is still hot and full of minerals, is used in the famous Blue Lagoon.
Here you can soak up in a hot bath while enjoying a drink or maybe a massage.
The Glacial water at Aldeyjarfoss
Iceland is also the land of waterfalls. With all the ice melting, the water flows into rivers and drops into waterfalls.
The water of the Aldeyjarfoss waterfall comes from the Vatnajökull glacier. It drops 20 meters in an intriguing setting with bare landscape and layers of basalt columns.
Geothermal activity at Krafla Viti Crater
In North Iceland, hiking the rim of the Krafla Viti crater is an amazing adventure: geothermal activity, colorful landscape and fumes from the plants…
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And tell us in the comments, do you prefer Fire or Ice landscapes?