“If there is any heaven on earth, it is indeed here…”
This summer we did an epic 20-day road trip in Iceland on the Ring road. Epic, because Iceland is so grand, so spectacular, so stunning, that at every turn, the scenery literally took our breath away! From majestic lava fields mingled with snow-capped mountains, to black sand beaches glittering with icebergs, to glorious waterfalls with rainbows peeking out, to green fjords rising tall from the mist – Iceland has it all!
Here are 15 photos that will steal your heart a little and make you fall in love with Iceland.
1. Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
The first time, the second time, the third time – every time, you lay your eyes on Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, it renders you speechless with its beauty!
The thundering waterfalls at Skogafoss leves you feeling humbled. After visiting here three times, we were rewarded with a beautiful rainbow as the weather cleared 🙂
How many times you get to go behind the waterfalls and peek through the curtain of water? Absolutely remarkable!
4. Vatnajokull Glacier
Getting up close and personal with Vatnajokull glacier. We saw “moulins” and “crevasses” in hues of blue. Get there soon as the glacier is melting fast!
5. Viti Crater
Viti in Iceland means hell. But the Viti crater looked ‘oh so divine’ with turquoise blue waters and yellowish brown gravel. The sulphur does make the area smell a little hellish though 😉
The magnificent Hvítserkur rock standing tall in the ocean. This odd shaped rock looks like a rhino from one side and an elephant from the other. Truly unique!
Svartifoss means Black Falls. It is surrounded by dark basalt columns shaped by lava which gives it the name. A mere photograph does not do justice to its beauty, you should go there to believe it!
7. Diving at Silfra
The feeling of awe that steals over you as you dive the clear glacial waters at Silfra, in Thingvellir national park. We have difficulty putting words to match our experience diving this continental divide between North America and Eurasia!
Mt. Kirkjufell is the most photographed mountain in Iceland. While we didn’t have northern lights dancing above Kirkjufell, it was just as beautiful as we thought it would be.
Grjótagjá is a beautiful lava cave near lake Mývatn that you can relax in. While swimming in this geo-thermal cave is no longer allowed, you can still enjoy it’s beauty!
10. Lake Mývatn
The beautiful Lake Mývatn with a striking red boat and black lava shores. The name Mývatn is derived from the vast numbers of midges/flies that gather at the lake. We got lucky and didn’t encounter as many.
A unique waterfalls coming out from the lava rocks. Folklore has it that a brother and sister died here while crossing the river on a christmas eve, after which the mother got the bridge destroyed. Sad story, but a beautiful sight.
12. Icelandic turf houses
We saw very many huts with grass roofs. Learnt later that they are called Icelandic turf houses that shied from Iceland’s cold, windy climate. Ingenious!
13. Black Sand Beach – Reynisfjara
Endless stretch of black sand beach created by volcanic ash. This beach also has beautiful basalt columns that you can climb on.
14. Snæfellsjökull National Park
Neon green moss with stormy skies and black lava rocks. Iceland at it’s raw best!! BTW Journey to the center of the earth was shot here.
15. Puffins at the Látrabjarg Bird Cliffs
This little guy is sure to make your heart melt a little. We saw hundreds of puffins along with guillemots, razorbills and gannets at the Látrabjarg – the largest bird cliff in Europe. <3
So when are you headed to Iceland? 🙂