Iceland, of Fire and Ice

Iceland is a country of striking variations, where fire and ice co-exist. A place where the midnight sun of the summer redeems the dark and damp winters.

From gushing geysers and mud pot gloop to ice-covered volcanoes and crisp clean air. A country housing a rich and vibrant culture, Iceland is not just a travel destination; it is a wholesome experience of a lifetime.

As you’d set a foot into this cinematic nation, the warm and comforting smiles of the aborigines would mark the beginning to your evergreen journey. The alluring music, literature, art galleries, all embedded in old factories around the country are things one wouldn’t want to miss. The homegrown food exhibiting the country’s traditions at loud is yet another overawing gift here. Adventure awaits you every single day; here are few you could incorporate into your travel plans.

Whale watching is one of the most sorts of activities in Iceland. Its cold waters are home to diverse and magnificent marine life. Towards the summer, (April to September) over 20 of the Cetacean species can be seen in the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans. The Orca, Minke, Humpback and Blue Whale can be seen wandering the blue waters.

The magnificent light show, The Aurora Borealis, commonly known as the Northern Lights, is one spectacle of Mother Nature one wouldn’t want to shudder from. Best sightings are from locations outside populated areas, especially away from the capital. This experience of a winter night is unforgettable.

Iceland, being one of the most active volcanic regions of the world, is home to some formidable rock formations, underground and superficial. Peculiar tube caves formed by the flowing magma can be explored throughout the year. The most commonly visited caves are the Gjábakkahellir Cave near Þingvellirnational park in the summer months, and the Leiðarendi Cave in the Bláfjöll area in wintertime. One could even enter the magma chamber of a dormant volcano here, it’s true.

Ice climbing and hiking across its massive 4,500 square miles of the glacier is one activity that can be done all year round. Popular ones include the Sólheimajökull and Svínafellsjökull glaciers towards the south of Iceland, also traversed are Reykjavík and Skaftafell.

A birdwatcher’s paradise, Iceland is home to large colonies of sea-birds and waterfowl. The Arctic Tern, eiders, waders, and passerine birds, seabirds such as the Guillemot, Razorbill, the Atlantic Puffin, Fulmar, gannets and numerous gulls can be seen along Reykjavík and the Reykjanes Peninsula, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula or the Westman Islands, and the largest puffin populations thrive.

Iceland is also one of the most dynamic gastronomic destinations, full of enthusiastic places to taste traditional and the New Nordic Cuisine. Fish and lamb are aboriginal; many eateries also include beef, poultry, pork, game, seabirds, lobster, shrimp and scallop on the platter and vegetarian dishes also. Indian, Pakistani, Korean, Chinese, Thai, Filipino, Japanese, Italian, French, Spanish, Danish, American and Mexican restaurants are among the specialists here, also.

Not just food, here you will find creative festivals dedicated to music, film, and fashion as well especially during the summer. Be a part of it all.

The jewel of the Atlantic, Iceland is indeed a land of The Legends, the mystical and unforgettable experiences here will leave you with tales to tell.

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