Cultural Experience | Iceland

On the Road in Iceland. A Photo Essay.


Exploring the Raw Beauty of the Land of Fire and Ice

Iceland has much to offer whether you remain in Reykjavik or hit the road.  While there are bus tours you can take to get out of the city, grab a car if you can and explore on your own.  This affords the opportunity to stop for a photo-op any time you are overtaken by the beautiful scenery.

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Rock stacks or cairns are symbols of ‘hidden people’ such as elves or dwarves. Rock stacks are found all over Iceland but this field of them in the Thingvellir National Park were the most we found on our travels.

Gyser progression

The Strokkur Geyser shoots boiling water up to 35 meters in the air every 5 minutes or so.

Not far from Geysir is the spectacular Gullfoss Falls. A multi-tiered demonstration of the force of mother nature. Water rushes over the falls and through the natural divide created by the fault line running through the country.

Not far from Geysir is the spectacular Gullfoss Falls. A multi-tiered demonstration of the force of mother nature. Water rushes over the falls and through the natural divide created by the fault line running through the country.

Gullfoss is soon to be reduced in power as the water is used to create hydroelectric power for much of the south of the country.

Gullfoss is soon to be reduced in power as the water is used to create hydroelectric power for much of the south of the country.

The Hidden Lagoon in Fludir can be tricky to find but completely worth it. The crystal clear water bubbles out of the earth at 100C to create a toasty pool to float in. Several hours can be lost here with ease.

The Hidden Lagoon in Fludir can be tricky to find but completely worth it. The crystal clear water bubbles out of the earth at 100C to create a toasty pool to float in. Several hours can be lost here with ease.

Heading to the Snaefellsjokull Peninsula with the dormant Snaefellsjokull volcano as the backdrop for an entire day as we drive a complete circle around the mountain.

Heading to the Snaefellsjokull Peninsula with the dormant Snaefellsjokull volcano as the backdrop for an entire day as we drive a complete circle around the mountain.

Be prepared to study maps hard as each sign post is a mouthful for the non-Icelandic traveler.

Be prepared to study maps hard as each sign post is a mouthful for the non-Icelandic traveler.

Frequent stops are required just to soak up the beauty. This taken on Route 54 towards Vegamot.

Frequent stops are required just to soak up the beauty. This taken on Route 54 towards Vegamot.

Beyond Snaefellsjokull the rugged cliffs are guarded by striking orange lighthouses at Ondverdarnes. A rough drive for a small rental car.

Beyond Snaefellsjokull the rugged cliffs are guarded by striking orange lighthouses at Ondverdarnes. A rough drive for a small rental car.

The cliffs at Ondverdarnes. Sadly the puffins had left to spend the next few months living at sea.

The cliffs at Ondverdarnes. Sadly the puffins had left to spend the next few months living at sea.

The puffins may have left however there was no shortage of gulls and large European shags circling the cliffs at Ondverdarnes.

The puffins may have left however there was no shortage of gulls and large European shags circling the cliffs at Ondverdarnes.

Heading in a west along the coast from Reykjavik along Route 1 to Seljalandsfoss. Glacial waterfalls are found all along this route.

Heading in west along the coast from Reykjavik along Route 1 to Seljalandsfoss. Glacial waterfalls are found all along this route.

The view from behind Seljalandsfoss stretches to the coast.

The view from behind Seljalandsfoss stretches to the coast.

Skogafoss feeds the flood plain with clear, cold glacial water.

Skogafoss feeds the flood plain with clear, cold glacial water.

Climb to the top of Skogafoss for a majestic view of the flood plain below a the water flows to the sea just beyond view.

Climb to the top of Skogafoss for a majestic view of the flood plain below as the water flows to the sea just beyond view.

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