Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon in the south of Iceland in Vatnajökull National Park.

Beyond Reykjavik: Iceland in 12 photos

Amidst the vast lifelessness that one might initially sense when driving through Iceland — the moon-like fields of rocks and craters, the barren peaks of the central ranges, the bubbling mudpots that hearken back to the time of the dinosaur — lies a pristine beauty unlike anywhere else in the world. Iceland evokes a true sense of tranquility, a land untouched and unspoiled. Look closer, and you’ll see what sort of beauty it has to offer.

Waterfalls cascading down the cliffsides, mountain slopes skirting down to the sea, emerald-green fjords intertwining through glacial coastline. Look to your right and you’ll see a herd of reindeer grazing in the pastures, on your left, a verdant oasis with birds of all shapes and sizes singing their morning songs.

Both magical and memorable, Iceland is a destination that shouldn’t be missed, and here are 12 reasons why:

Cliffs of Látrabjarg, the westernmost point of Europe.

The cliffs of Látrabjarg, the westernmost point of Europe.

Dynjandifoss, the largest waterfall in the Westfjords of Iceland.

Dynjandifoss, the largest waterfall in the Westfjords of Iceland.

One of the many sights in the Westfjords.

One of the many sights in the Westfjords.

Strokkur, one of Iceland's most famous geysers.

Strokkur, one of Iceland’s most famous geysers.

Goðafoss – waterfall of the gods, and one of the most beautiful in Iceland.

Goðafoss – waterfall of the gods, and one of the most beautiful in Iceland.

Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon in the south of Iceland in Vatnajökull National Park.

Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon in the south of Iceland in Vatnajökull National Park.

Kerið is a beautiful crater lake situated on Iceland´s ‘Golden Circle’ route.

Kerið is a beautiful crater lake situated on Iceland´s ‘Golden Circle’ route.

Lobster Soup from The Sea Baron in Reykjavík – where the locals eat.

Lobster Soup from The Sea Baron in Reykjavík – where the locals eat.

One of many mudpots in Iceland. This is Námafjall, one of the most famous.

One of many mudpots in Iceland. This is Námafjall, one of the most famous.

Iceland is a bird watcher’s paradise, and the Puffins are some of the most beautiful creatures that the country has to offer.

Iceland is a bird-watcher’s paradise, and the Puffins are some of the most beautiful creatures that the country has to offer.

Svartifoss, also known as the Black Falls, are some of the most famous in Iceland as they are completely surrounded by basalt columns.

Svartifoss, also known as the Black Falls, are some of the most famous in Iceland as they are completely surrounded by basalt columns.

A traditional Icelandic turf house, one of many scattered around the country.

A traditional Icelandic turf house, one of many scattered around the country.

These photos were taken by ITP listeners Dean and Amanda, who stayed with us for a few nights in A Coruña.

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4 Responses to “Beyond Reykjavik: Iceland in 12 photos”

  1. Rachel Jones September 7, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    What a place! Very good photography on your part, too. Is there any country which combines so many of the natural features we love? Iceland should be at the top of any aspiring globe-trotter’s list.

    • Craig and Linda September 7, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

      It’s certainly working its way up our personal to-do list. We need to get there at some point soon!

      • Erika Delemarre September 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

        Hey, guys! I just touched down in Reykjavik yesterday. It’s gorgeous as usual! I’m headed to Vík on the south coast in the next couple of days to volunteer for a few weeks. Awesome to see you featuring Iceland and hope to contribute some. It certainly should be on your list. I love it here!

      • Craig and Linda September 15, 2012 at 7:35 am #

        Sounds like a great trip planned, Erika! Looking forward to hearing more 😉

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