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