Iceland is a Nordic island nation in Europe, located in the North Atlantic Ocean, between North America and Europe. It is the most sparsely populated country in all of Europe, with only 332,529 residents in an area of 102,775 square kilometers. The volcanically & geologically active island is known for its strange, dramatic landscapes with 130 volcanoes, glowing-blue glaciers, 800 hot springs, moss-covered lava fields, turbulent waterfalls, geysirs, beautiful glacial rivers, endless mountains, fissures, winding fjords, black sand & ice fragment beaches, scattered plane wrecks, colorful craters, incredible turf houses, raging rivers, and deserted highlands. The "Land of Fire & Ice" truly is a photographers paradise, & quite the unforgettable adventure.
The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are electrically charged particles from the sun, entering the earth's magnetic field. When these particles collide with different gases, they produce a colorful light show in the sky. The colors depend on what altitude the aurora occurs in the atmosphere, and with what atom the charged particle, collides. Red is due to Atomic Oxygen & occurs at 180km+. Green is due to Molecular Oxygen, occurs between 120-180km, & is the most common color, witnessed. Blue & Purple are due to Molecular Nitrogen & occur below 120km. At times, you can even witness beautiful yellows, pinks, white, and oranges dancing in the sky! When you witness the aurora dancing in the sky, it is something that will live in your heart & mind, forever.
Exploring Iceland The beauty around this island is truly overwhelming. Beyond Reykjavík, is one of my favorite spots, is the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It has some of the most dramatic landscapes in all of Europe. This area of Iceland is absolutely one of my favorites due to its unmatched beauty. It was voted "Best Winter Destination in Europe" by Travel + Leisure Magazine, and "Most Scenic Destination in Europe" by The Luxury Travel Guide. Búðir, Arnarstapi, Hellnar, Kirkjufell/Kirkjufellsfoss are some of my favorite spots along the peninsula! I stayed in the cute town of Stykkishólmur, which definitely ended up being one of my favorite towns in all of Iceland! Along the South Coast, Seljalandsfoss, Lómagnúpur, Skógafoss, Kirkjufjara, Reynisfjara, Skógafoss, Reynisfjall, Reynisdrangar, Vík í Myrdal, and the plane wreckage of the United States Navy Douglas Super DC-3 (former C-117) that crashed in November 1973 along the black sand beach of Sólheimasandur, are some of my favorites! Many of the deserted planes have now been turned into homes! Be sure to not miss out on the Fjallsárlón & Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoons, along with Diamond Beach,Svartifoss in Skaftafell National Park, and Crystal Cave in Vatnajökull National Park! Be prepared for your mind to be blown, with the unreal beauty around this incredible country! There is no doubt in my mind, why this is one of the most traveled countries in the world!