Well, here we are (and what a long, strange trip it has been), but we are at the final stop on our travel around the world. The trip culminates in beautiful Iceland.
Iceland’s Natural Beauty
Iceland a country famous for its large mountains, active volcanoes, glaciers, and absolutely amazing natural vistas. Despite its frigid sounding name, the island has a surprisingly mild climate and dotted with geo-thermally heated hot springs.
Skaftafell is one of four National Parks in Iceland. It lies on the west side of Vatnjökul – Europe’s largest glacier. It contains wide glacial rivers for extreme kayaking, glaciers for photography, and picturesque mountains and hills perfect for hiking. There are well established hiking paths up the hill where you can access viewpoints that look across the glaciers, several stunning waterfalls, and a mixture of flora and fauna, especially an abundance of birds.
Jökulsárlón literally means glacier lagoon. A glacier has been retreating quickly in the latest, warmer years. It left a lagoon up to 190m deep where the glacier snout had been, and several kilometers of glacial moraines are exposed on both sides of the lagoon. Large blocks of ice regularly break off the edge of the glacier, which is about 30m high, keeping the lagoon stocked with icebergs. This is a tourist hot-spot and boat services can transport you very near the glacier.
Iceland is a stunningly beautiful place if you enjoy strange and desolate landscapes. Lava fields, lava tubes, plains of fractured rock, ice, fire and steam; mountains, hills, rivers, and brooks are all some of the natural fantasies that can be easily viewed all across this fantastic country.