Iceland is a country of extreme contrasts and dramatic landscapes. Widely known as "the land of fire and ice," Iceland is home to some of the largest glaciers in Europe and some of the world's most active volcanoes.
Iceland is a relatively large island in the middle of the North-Atlantic ocean, just south of the Arctic Circle, between 63.4°N and 66.5°N latitude.
Icelandic volcanos regularly make top news in the global media, like the notorious Eyjafjallajökull in 2010, which stopped all air traffic over Europe for several days by spewing ash in the air, and the latest media sensation Fagradalsfjall, which erupted in 2021 and 2022 on the Reykjanes Peninsula.
The extreme dark of the Icelandic winter has a few perks. Between September and April, the people in Iceland are treated to a magnificent natural display: the phenomenon of aurora borealis, or what we commonly call the Northern Lights.
There is an old Icelandic adage; if you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes. The weather in Iceland changes often and suddenly. So pack for four seasons, make flexible schedules and enjoy!
Iceland has an abundance of clean, renewable energy thanks to its remarkable geography and geology.