Iceland

Iceland – A traveler’s paradise

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?

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Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral Church
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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.
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The Sun Voyager

Icelandic Horse

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.

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Icelandic Horse

Krysuvik

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.

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Krysuvik

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.

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Reykjanes Fissure Swarm

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?

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Tectonic Plates Bridge

Thrihnukagigur

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.

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Go inside a volcano

Seljalandfoss

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.

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Walk behind the waterfalls

Silfra

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.

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Snorkeling in Silfra

Closing Notes

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.

8 comments

  1. The pictures are stunning! Going inside the magma chamber is amazing. I loved your pictures of the tectonic plates on ground and below water. Truly stunning.

  2. Truly, Iceland is a paradise that everyone should visit. I love how you listed all the places that should be visited by travelers cause they’re all interesting and worthy of visit. This will surely be penned on my bucket list and I will bookmark this link for my future reference. Thank you so much for sharing your travel experience.

  3. I can see why you say Iceland is a traveler’s paradise. The photos of nature in Iceland are spectacular. I am going there briefly this summer but only to Reykjavik. So I am really looking forward to seeing that church!

  4. Your pictures are stunning to say the least. I’m tempted to keep it high on my list. Iceland is very low in my list of places to visit (simple reason being the cost) . Is it very expensive to explore it?

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