I returned home from my second trip to Iceland a couple of days ago with some fantastic memories and a camera full of pictures, so I thought I’d share a few here on my blog, especially for those of you who aren’t yet familiar with the immense beauty this wonderful country has to offer.
The small but charming Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall with the Kirkjufell mountain in the background.
The contrast between gold and black sand beaches found in the Snæfellsnes peninsula, Western Iceland.
Walking inside a fissure, where a huge ravine has been created by tectonic plates pulling the earth apart.
Beautiful cliffs in the West.
Basalt columns, which are created when lava cools at extreme rates when it hits cold air on its way down a mountainside.
Strokkur, a geyser that erupts about 20m into the air every few minutes.
Gullfoss, a vast and striking waterfall that is understandably one of the country’s most visited sites.
Exploring a lava cave, 35m under the ground.
Skógafoss, a waterfall in the South of the country, close to the coast. Notice the person on the top right for an idea of scale.
The old harbour in downtown Reykjavik.
Tjörnin, a lake found in the heart of the capital city.
Þingvellir, a sprawling National Park and culturally significant site, where the country’s earliest parliament would gather.
Harpa, Iceland’s main concert hall and home of the country’s symphony orchestra and national opera. My favourite artist and local Icelander Björk is performing here less than a week after I left; how cruel the universe can be sometimes.
Various imposing mountains which form the backdrop to much of the country.
Hallgrímskirkja, and the view over Reykjavik from the top.
The Northern Lights even came out to play! This was quite the tick on my bucket list.