I recently returned from an amazing week vacation in one of my favorite countries, The Land of Fire and Ice. Iceland is like nowhere else on the planet, one simple photograph can be viewed as a NASA photo of Mars or the Moon, yet another photo will give the appearance of pure paradise. Whatever way you look at it, the sheer science of this island is fascinating from the geothermal activity of the many active and dormant volcanic landscapes, glaciers, ice caves and lava tunnels to many magnificent waterfalls, dramatic black sand beaches and natural mineral rich geothermal spas. Not to mention, this is one of the only places in the world where the tectonic plates are above sea level and you are able to stand one foot in Europe and the other in North America AT THE SAME TIME!
You simply can’t visit Iceland only once unless you plan a very long extended stay. Every season offers something different. The landscape is extraordinary in the summer the long days of nearly 24 hours of sunlight on a mesmerising green moss-covered lava field terrain provides plenty of time to meander through your day’s itinerary. In the winter during the shorter days of 4 to 6 hours of sunlight you will be awed by the beauty of mostly black and white scenery then astonished with the possibility of experiencing the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights – a natural phenomenon lightshow that dances across the dark skies in bright pinks, greens, yellows and purples. During my recent stay, I was very lucky to have 4 chances to witness this and YES! Absolutely, every show was different and quite hypnotic.