Southern Iceland – Sólheimajökull Glacier

The beautiful Sólheimajökull Glacier near the south coast of Iceland is about 8 km /5 miles long and up to 2 km / 1.2 miles wide making it the fourth largest glacier in Iceland. It is an outlet glacier of the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap and ends in a lagoon at the base of the glacier. The winter’s day…

Iceland’s Viking Saga’s

Over 1,000 years of Viking history is ever-present in Iceland. From the Icelandic Horses descended from those once used by Vikings, to museums and monuments, the Viking founders of Iceland are not forgotten (Vikings from other Scandinavian countries settled Iceland between 874 AD and 935 AD). Vikingaheimar (Viking World) Now this was something I was keen…

An Icelandic Aviation Journey

As originally posted on my aviation blog Aces Flying High: I have nothing but praise for the Icelandic airlines I flew on in January 2015. Icelandair (international) and Air Iceland (domestic) were on time, comfortable, offered great service and provided even greater views of the arctic north. The flights were an added bonus to a…

Iceland: Where Continents Meet

The great tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia meet at the Reykjanes Peninsula on the south-west coast of Iceland. These plates are continuously drifting apart and shift an estimated 2 centimetres a year (that sounds slow but 2 metres every 100 years is quite a bit!). This shift in plates creates the canyons and crevices that can…

Southern Iceland – Seljalandsfoss

Iceland and it’s waterfalls. Plentiful and beautiful. Travelling on the Southern Ring Road I arrived pretty late in the day at Seljalandsfoss on the river Seljalandsá. The sun was dropping fast on an ever so short Icelandic winters day but not to fear, luckily the waterfall is illuminated at night. I didn’t attempt the icy…

Southern Iceland – Skógafoss

Like the rest of the country, the south coast of Iceland has some spectacular scenery and beautiful sights. Skógafoss a waterfall on the Skóga River, found just off the southern ring road is one classic example of this beauty. In winter it is an icy and slippery walk towards the falls but one that is well worth it…

An Icelandic Bus Journey

A 6 hour winters journey on a bus in Iceland may not sound like much fun but this trip from Akureyri in northern Iceland, down the west coast to the capital of Reykjavik in the southern part of the country provided some amazing and diverse scenery. The bus started in ice and snow, but soon it was passing…

Iceland’s Golden Circle: Þingvellir National Park

Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir in English which literally means “Parliament Plains”) in the Golden Circle region of Iceland is a UNESCO World Heritage site where the Alþing (Althing) open-air assembly,  like a Viking parliament representing the whole of Iceland (they would meet for 2 weeks each year and set the laws of the land and settle disputes…

Iceland’s Golden Circle: Geysir & Strokkur

Geysir is the name of a presently dormant geyser in the Golden Circle region of south-west Iceland. This spouting hot spring was once known to shoot boiling hot water and steam up to 70 metres into the air. Although inactive for a long time, sporadic eruptions have apparently occurred throughout the last decade so you just never know when Geysir may…

Iceland’s Golden Circle: Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden Falls)

One of the highlights of travelling through the Golden Circle region of Iceland is the mighty Gullfoss waterfall (Golden Falls). In summer I imagine it is a wonderful green place with raging water cascading down 32 metres (105 feet) over two levels of falls 11 metres (36 feet)  and 21 metres (69 feet) in height. In…

Iceland’s Golden Circle: Kerið Volcano Crater

Not too far away from Faxi waterfall in Iceland’s Golden Circle region is the Kerið volcano crater. The dormant crater is one of a group of volcanic hills called Tjarnarholar or lake hills. It actually isn’t that huge at around  55 m (180 ft) deep, 170 m (560 ft) wide, and 270 m (890 ft) across but still makes for quite a sight as the 6,500 year old…

Iceland’s Golden Circle: Faxi Waterfall

The Golden Circle region of Iceland is a famous tourist route from Reykjavik into central Iceland that includes natural wonders such as waterfalls and geysers along with historic sites within the Þingvellir National Park. This whole area is bountiful with great scenery and during my visit it was a snow-covered winter wonderland. Known as the “small…