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The Diamond Circle: Highlights of a Land Shaped by Fire

The Dimmuborgir lava fields feature strange and unusual lava rock formations
Volcanoes have shaped much of Iceland’s history and identity. They’ve also literally shaped the country’s landscapes, from the black sand beaches of Vik to the basalt columns of Svartifoss. Part of Iceland's Diamond Circle route features three different types of natural attractions related to these fiery giants. The turquoise Viti caldera in the Krafla volcanic fields shows us the...

Eyjafjallajökull, Katla, and Iceland’s Volcanic Eruptions

The 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull volcano disrupted European airspace for almost a week
As you may have read, Iceland is known as the land of Fire and Ice. And no, this isn't just some clever marketing ploy that sprang from the popularity of Game of Thrones, we swear. While many people think of the small Nordic Island as a frozen tundra (it has the word ice in its name after all), our...

Iceland’s Awe-Inspiring Volcanoes

Iceland's volcanoes and lava flows
One of Iceland's nicknames is the land of Fire and Ice. It has earned this moniker due to the dramatic contrast of its landscapes. You will find icy glaciers sitting atop fiery volcanoes, black basalt columns next to mossy, green rocks, and much more. Fire is ever present in Iceland's volcanoes. While the small Nordic nation has a whopping...

19 Crazy Facts About Iceland

Iceland map with various attractions and things to do
Iceland has been getting a lot of attention lately due to its exponentially increasing popularity as a tourism destination and its showing at the 2018 World Cup. But how much do people actually know about this tiny Nordic nation? Is it a part of Europe? Where is Iceland on the map? (Hint: Yes and it’s just east of Greenland)....

Iceland’s Islands Are Its Little-Known Secret

Black sand dunes on the Icelandic coast with Vestrahorn (Batman Mountain) in the background
Can you point out Iceland on a map? Do you know where it is or are you not quite sure if it’s Greenland or Iceland? Something else people frequently ask is if Iceland is a part of Europe. The country is closer to Europe than to North America, so for geographical, historical and cultural reasons, it gets grouped in...

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