After we arrived in Iceland from the Keflavik International Airport, I instantly knew that we were somewhere truly spectacular. As the bus meandered down the roads to Reykjavik, all that you can see for miles and miles were these gorgeous lava fields. This makes a lot of sense because Iceland was formed from the North American and Eurasian Plates drifting apart which created a series of active volcanoes that eventually made the island.
Our bus driver had a twinkle in their eye when they mentioned the folklore surrounding these lava fields and rock formations. It is thought that the huldufolk (hidden people) can live within some of the fields, and there have been stories, myths, and legends in Iceland for many centuries about them.
In addition to the lava fields that are very present on the island, there are some of the most expansive cliffs and mountains, as well as geysers and hot springs. Also, in many areas, on top of the mountains you can see glaciers as well.
In addition to the natural beauty of the land, I found it to be most inspiring how the people living there truly cherished it. Even when we talked to the locals, it was amazing how they took great lengths to take care of and protect the region. It was amazing to learn that geothermal energy powers the area, as to not make as much pollution.
If you are interested in learning more about how they use this energy source, you will want to visit the Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant. There are exhibitions, instillations, presentations, and guided tours as well. I can promise you that you will be very moved after seeing the great lengths that these individuals are taking to preserve the land around them. It brings to light that if we all work together to help the Earth, there really can be positive changes.
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My absolute favorite book that I have found about Iceland is appropriately also called “Iceland” and is written by Jenna Gottlieb. This book is so detailed with the landmarks in Iceland, and it reviews the capital of Reykjavik, the Reykjanes Peninsula and the South, the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the Westfjords, North Iceland, East Iceland and the Eastfjords, the Highlands, and the Ring Road. It also reviews when the best times are to see the Northern Lights, the best wild-life watching spots, the best day hikes, and various weekend getaway spots. When we personally went, we stayed in Reykjavik, and I absolutely love her super detailed guide of the city. She lists the best accommodation spots, how to get around Reykjavik, shopping areas, dining options, nightlife, sights, sports and recreation, and seriously so much more. I appreciate that she not only details the different areas in Iceland, but she really dives into the history too. There are photos in color as well so you can get the sense of what each part of Iceland looks like. There is so much more information in this book that will help you feel more confident on your travels to Iceland, and it is worth the read!
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