Iceland’s Volcanoes: A National Treasure

Iceland is known as the land of Fire and Ice!  You have so many amazing glaciers to hike and volcanoes to explore and best of all Iceland has many Unesco World heritage sites.

So many glaciers, so little time! They range in size from small ice caps to vast glaciers that stretch for dozens of miles. In addition to the glaciers, Iceland is home to a number of volcanoes, including the most active volcano in Europe, Eyjafjallajökull.

Did you know that Iceland is the most volcanic place on earth?  And that the volcanoes produce glaciers?

On the Reykjanes peninsula, located in the south-west of the country, you can find a wealth of geothermal activity, including hot springs and geysers. The peninsula is also home to some of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls, including Seljalandsfoss and Gullfoss and an active volcano Fagradalsfjall.

Because the country has eruptions almost every 4 years on average, it has the world’s youngest island, Surtsey which is considered a UNESCO world heritage site.

Iceland’s most spectacular glaciers and volcanoes:

-The Vatnajökull National Park is home to the largest ice cap in Europe, Vatnajökull.

-Laugavegur is a popular hiking trail that takes hikers to some of the country’s most beautiful glaciers, including Jokulsarlon and Hvítárvatn.

-The Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted in 2010 causing widespread disruption to air travel in Europe.

Because of the amazing volcanoes, you have some amazing instagramable black sand beaches found in the south.

However, the North and the East are areas not overpopulated and have some amazing hidden gems for your hot spring adventures.  So wherever you go, bring your bathing suit and towels, you never know where you will experience an amazing location like Lake Mývatn.

And where there are thermal hot springs, there are nearby amazing waterfalls.  Oh and if you love puffins –  go find them in the Westfjords.

 

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