The Land of Fire & Ice

In March, I discovered the frozen sights and the tasty delights of Iceland on our Land of the Northern Lights tour to find out what draws millions of travellers here every year. After 5 days of thundering waterfalls, bubbling geysers, snow-laden landscapes, organic veggies, seafood feasts, frosty glaciers and warm thermal pools, the answer is, all of the above! In this week’s photo showcase I present to you some of my favourite highlights and pictures from my trip.

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1. Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon was amazing and, in my opinion, quite possibly one of the most beautiful places in the world. We spent three glorious hours here, relaxing in the thermal baths, pampering ourselves with age-defying mud masks and take in the stunning surrounding scenery.

2. Reykjanes Peninsula

After pulling ourselves away from the warmth of the Blue Lagoon we headed off to the Reykjanes Peninsula on the beautiful southern coast, home to lighthouses, stunning views and tectonic plates. We actually got to stand between the Europe and North America Plate!

3. Icelandic cuisine

One incredible thing about Iceland was definitely the food. Having lunch at a small fisherman’s town we gorged ourselves on some of the best seafood I’ve ever had. If you like clam chowder, crab, fresh fish and calamari then this is the place for you!

4. Eyjafjallajokull Glacier

You may of heard of it, but like me you probably cannot pronounce it, one of our highlights was seeing the infamous Eyjafjallajokull Glacier and the volcano hidden beneath it. The glacier itself was azure blue and we could even see the escarpment the glacier has carved out as it’s receded.

5. Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss Waterfalls

Two equally impressive waterfalls! With Seljalandsfoss we could walk behind the falls, which though incredible did get us soaked! And at Skogafoss – by far my favourite, we stood right by the right for some amazing photos, especially when the sun was shining and a rainbow appeared over the falls.

6. Tomato Greenhouse

For me, this was one of the highlights of my time in Iceland. Here we learnt all about how they produce their vegetables here in Iceland, how they import bees and small flies to help pollinate and are able to maintain the greenhouse for optional growing conditions. No pesticides and 100% organic, it was some of the best fruit and vegetables I have ever tasted.

7. Icelandic horses

The Icelandic horses were beautiful to see too, munching away on their treats. The Farmer’s daughter showed us all the different gates of horses they have here – definitely something you won’t want to miss.

8. Thingvellir National Park

A stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site, here we were told all about the history of the Vikings and Icelandic people. We got to see the original Town Hall and the old capital. It really was a beautiful place, with the purest and clearest water all around and stunning escarpments.

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