The Northern Lights, also called Aurora borealis, are a unique phenomenon in the southern and northern hemispheres of our planet. Green particle clouds move across the sky and create a wow effect. We were lucky and even saw the Northern Lights in late September.
In the south of Iceland are the frosty-cold glacial lagoons Jökulsárlón and Fjallsárlón.
Hot steam pours out of the earth and it looks like it’s on a lunar landscape. These are the hot spring areas in Iceland like the Námaskarð.
Iceland has numerous hot springs. The most famous is the Blue Lagoon, which is on the way from the airport to Reykjavik.
When water begins to bubble and suddenly shoots several feet from the ground, then we have the phenomenon of a geyser. The name for this is the geyser with the name Geysir.
Black Lava Rock Beaches
Iceland is a volcanic island and along the coast there are endless black lava rock beaches like the Reynisfjara stand.
As a volcanic island there are lava tunnels in Iceland and at Grjotagja even a hot spring has formed.
In the southern part of Iceland lies on a black lava beach the crashed airplane wreck Solheimasandur. Until a few years ago, you could drive there directly, meanwhile the parking lot is 4 km away and a walk of more than one hour over an endless black lava beach must be considered.
Þingvellir National Park
Near Reykjavik and part of the Golden Circle is the Þingvellir National Park with many hiking trails.
To the west is the Snaefellsjoekull peninsula with endless roads, fascinating coastal formations and the fishing village of Stykkishólmur.
Krafla is located in the northeastern part of Iceland. It reminded me of Lord of the Rings with steaming earth and endless lava stone landscape.
The capital Reykjavik is in the western side of the island and is known for the skeleton of a Viking ship and the Hallgrimskirkja, with its unique architectural style.
Landscape along the Ring Road
Just driving along the Ring Road, the road around Iceland, offers impressive scenery.