Thanks to Eyjafjallajökull, it is now common knowledge that Iceland is laden with volcanoes. The second thing that in abundance is less obvious: water. The country is an island after all. Given its combination of unique geographical gifts (perched on a hotspot, on top of the American and Eurasian continental plates, way way up in the North), Iceland can be quite a hotbed of earth-porn, so to speak.
For a girl who grew up tropically-oriented, to be lost in a Land of Ice is nothing short of magical.
After spending three days of hiking on volcanoes and valleys buried under glaciers, I still couldn’t get enough. I hopped onto a bus headed for the lovely South Coast, and after a very long drive, finally reached the otherworldly glacial lake of Jökulsárlón.
I’m a big waterfall fan — I love to jump off them, wade in them, or simply gape at them if the first two options are just a bit too tricky. I could probably make a whole bucket list of waterfalls that I’d love to see. Thanks to the glacial melt, Iceland is studded with these magnificent beauties.
And of course — the Blue Lagoon is often one of the first landmarks that come to people’s mind when thinking of Iceland. All the volatile geologic activity may lend to a tougher pace of life for the locals, but it did bring everyone the gift of geothermal hot pools. Here, you can immerse yourself in a sultry bath, and feel both the warm steam and frosty wind graze against your face — the feeling is priceless.