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 one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world, with a population count just under 390,000. Almost two-thirds of the inhabitants live in the capital area in the southwest, and the rest of the population is spread around the long coastline, mostly in fishing villages and farmland regions.
Volcanic eruption in Iceland
On July 10, a fissure eruption started on the Reykjanes Peninsula northwest of the sites sites of the 2021 and 2022 eruptions in Fagradalsfjall, around 38km from Reykjavik.
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!