NATURE IN ICELAND
Large parts of nature in Iceland are constantly being formed right in front of your islands. Rough and dramatic landscapes are born of volcanic eruptions and are shaped by the glacier's constant and cutting migration. Other parts have hardly changed since the first Vikings settled more than 1,100 years ago. You will constantly experience the wild nature, the animals, the energy, and the total silence. It can all be experienced in a short time, no matter where on the island you stay, even on some day tours!
These are among Europe's largest, where Vatnajökull alone is 8,000 km2. At Snæfellsnes, nature's incredible work culminates with the mysterious Snæfellsjökull, where you will also find Iceland's newest national park. Waterfalls: Iceland is well known for its countless waterfalls, where Dettifoss is Europe's most powerful and Gullfoss one of the most beautiful. Unique Hraunfossar, which forms a belt of water cascades over scattered cliffs and birch thickets, as well as Glymur which with a height of 198 meters, is Iceland's highest waterfall.
Clean air and water
The air and nature in Iceland are both cleaner and fresher than in any other western country. The reason is the warm subsoil, with the volcano Hekla as the most famous one, and the hot springs that make up an inexhaustible stream of clean and natural geothermal energy, which modern Iceland enjoys. Hot springs: The famous "Blue Lagoon" just outside Keflavik is just one of many healing springs in Iceland. Other exciting things are found in the area around the volcano Askja, where tired tourists can swim in the warm crater Viti (hell), and the high-temperature area Kverkfjöll on the edge of Vatnajökull, where the heat creates fantastic and constantly new openings and caves in the ice.
Some of the world's largest colonies of puffins (sea parrots) and other seabirds can be found in nature in Iceland. Plus, an impressive mix of European and American species finds Iceland a peaceful place to be. The midnight sun: In summer, the nights are bright all over Iceland. In June, the sun never sets completely in the northern area. Here you can take an excursion to the island of Grimsey by the Arctic Circle, where the midnight sun is experienced optimally!
In Iceland, just outside Reykjavik, there are great opportunities to experience whales up close. Most famous are minke whales, fin whales, saithe whales, dolphins, killer whales and porpoises. On nine out of ten whale safaris in the season from April to October, you see the fascinating marine mammals.
Highlands of Iceland
The highlands of Iceland are something exceptional; people have never lived here. Here you can experience a nature that is constantly harsh and different, with glaciers, deserts of black sand, steaming hot springs, active and burnt out volcanoes, as well as special vegetations that thrive against all odds in these difficult conditions.