The land of fire and ice
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 in numbers
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.
Volcanic eruption in Iceland
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 Northern lights in Iceland
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.
Volcanoes of Iceland
Volcanic activity is a fact of life in Iceland. People have learned to live with both its drawbacks and considerable advantages, such as geothermal energy and a dramatic natural environment - and even entertainment.
Iceland's Three UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Iceland is home to three UNESCO-designated world heritage sites. These carefully selected places are areas with legal protection for having such cultural, historical, or scientific significance that they provide outstanding value to humanity.
Weather and climate
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!
Celebrate the Midnight sun
From mid-May to mid-July, the midnight sun illuminates Icelandic nights. While some people might have trouble sleeping, others embrace the energy and make the most of the endless light. We tell you, how!