Astonishing waterfalls in Iceland
Here in Iceland we bring you close to some of the most beautiful waterfalls, or foss, in the world. Golden Falls, with its wide and graceful tiers poses picture perfect for visitors in all seasons. Dettifoss, or Falling Falls, is Europe’s most powerful. Skógarfoss, or Forest Falls, is said to hide a hidden treasure ~ a chest of gold and riches sits behind its intense veil.
Biggest glaciers in Iceland
Along with the great ice sheet, named Vatnajökull, Iceland is dotted with the remains of many glaciers, all slowly succumbing to changes in weather in an age-old cycle. Langjökull and Snæfellsjökull are the most well-known after Vatnajökull. Most recently, Eyjafjallajökull captured the attention of the world sitting as it does on the volcano that opened up in 2010.
Majestic mountains of Iceland
Iceland’s mountains may not be big but they definitely have personality. Being a fairly new land mass, and one built up by the spewing forth of lava from a huge fissure in the Atlantic ocean floor, Iceland’s topography is more a study in lateral spread than in height. That said, its mountains, topped by gleaming glaciers or not, are beautiful to behold.
Geothermal swimming pools & hot springs in Iceland
Icelanders truly have a deep love of, and possibly a deep need as well, for dipping, soaking, paddling, splashing and, yes, swimming in pools of warm water. Icelanders are more than lucky to have so much geothermal-heated water at their fingertips, and have done an amazing job at tapping into this resource for health, play and leisure.
Beautiful lakes in Iceland
One of the amazing things about Iceland’s lakes is how very different they are. From filled calderas and rift fissures, to new iceberg lagoons and ancient glacial-carved river basins, Iceland’s bountiful waters rest in beautiful places and add touches of glimmer to its often stark volcanic landscapes. Some hold almost solely rain and snowmelt, while others are fed by glaciers, highlands runoff and underground streams and aquifers. And in at least one are a unique trout that’s adapted over millennia from sea- to freshwater living.
Famous National Parks in Iceland
There are over 85 protected monuments, nature preserves and national parks throughout Iceland. Some of these, like the Thingvellir National Park (locally spelled Þingvellir), are well known for their role in the country’s history, while other protected gems of nature are relatively unknown, even to locals.