Iceland is a land of fire and ice and is truly a traveller’s and a photographer’s paradise. It is famous for its dramatic landscapes and spectacular waterfalls. Boasting with its volcanoes, glaciers, geysers and hot springs, it stands out as one of the most beautiful countries in the World.
Photo diaries from Iceland
A few years ago, I traveled around in Iceland for about 8 days and these are some of my pictures from my travels.
Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral Church
Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral Church, is the largest church in Iceland. Situated in the capital city Reykjavik, it is one of the city’s famous landmarks.
- The opening hours is 9 am to 5 pm during the winter months (October to April) and 9 am to 9 pm during the summer months (May to September).
- There is no entrance fee to enter the church. However, if one wishes to go to the top of the tower, there is an entrance fee of ISK 900.
Did you know that it took 41 years to build the church and is named after Iceland’s poet Hallgrimur Petursson?
The Sun Voyager
The Sun Voyager – Unveiled in 1990, the Sun voyager is a sculpture built of stainless steel. It is the artist’s interpretation of a dreamboat and an ode to the Sun.
- There is no fee to see this sculpture.
The Icelandic Horse is a breed of horse that is bred in Iceland. They are long-lived and strong. They come in many colors including black, chestnut, gray, dun, bay and so on. And they are small in size and are often considered as pony size.
Krysuvik is a geothermal area on the Reykjanes peninsula of Iceland. It consists of several geothermal fields such as Seltun. The soil is colored bright yellow, red and green.
- The distance between Krysuvik and Reykjavik is around 35 kilometres.
Did you know that there is a folktale that states Krysuvik was an old woman who could use witchcraft along with her cousin Herdis? But they had a dispute over a land and they wanted to cast a spell on the land. However the dispute ended when they died and it is believed that they have been buried next to each other and the locals are aware as to where their burial grounds are.
Reykjanes Fissure Swarm
Reykjanes Fissure Swarm – The Reykjanes peninsula is a volcanic zone and is a direct continuance of the North Atlantic Ridge that surfaces from the ocean of Reykjanes. It has four volcanic systems. The most recent eruption were in 1210 to 1240.
Tectonic Plates Bridge
Tectonic Plates Bridge is a bridge that is between Europe and North America. The bridge between the two continents is a small footbridge. The bridge is known as ‘Midlina’ and is also known as ‘Leif the Lucky Bridge’.
Did you know you can also snorkel in between the tectonic plates?
Thrihnukagigur literally translates to ‘Three Peaks Crater’. The volcano was discovered in the year 1974 and is the only volcano in the World where people are allowed to take an elevator into a magma chamber.
Seljalandfoss is a very popular waterfalls in the Southern part of Iceland. It is one of the natural wonders in Iceland and is about 120 kilometers from the capital city Reykjavik. One can walk behind the waterfalls and is definitely one of the coolest things to do in Iceland.
Silfra is a rift formed in the tectonic plates between North American and Eurasian plates. Snorkeling in Silfra is a unique experience because of the clear crystal waters. The rift offers exceptional visibility of 70 to 80 meters.
Iceland is definitely a paradise and it has plenty of photographic opportunities. Be it the volcanoes or the dry landscapes, there are no bad pictures of Iceland. It is a country with endless amount of experiences.