Iceland’s landscape is its greatest attraction, and is the reason why I planned a return trip eleven months after I first visited the Reykjavik. I associate endless, desolate landscapes with this north Atlantic nation, where the weather can transition between all four seasons in a single day. I first visited Iceland in April 2015, and the two-day stopover Kevin and I spent in the Reykjavik area was all I needed to fall in love. Geysirs, unexpected waterfalls, isolated towns in the middle of nowhere – Iceland’s first impression was weird, and I adored it so much that eleven months later, we returned with six of our family members in tow. A few of the members of our group saw the Iceland that captivated Kevin and I at first sight: desolate landscapes, ever-changing weather, a single road that seems to continue on forever. This photo gallery, a follow-up to my popular “Iceland’s Wild Landscape” collection I published in the early days of my blog (and available here), is composed entirely of shots taken during my most recent Icelandic excursion in March 2016. We may have visited on a stormy weekend with a wind chill strong enough to blow me right off the top of Hallgrimskirkja Church, but Iceland’s natural beauty continued to awe and amaze us as we spent two more days exploring South Iceland.
Have these photos of the awe-inspiring Icelandic landscape convinced you to start pricing out flights to Reykjavik yet? One of my life missions is trying to send as many fellow travelers as I can to Scandinavia – seriously, it’s my favorite region in all of Europe, and as Americans, we have so much to learn from places where the politics are far more progressive than what we have back home. Did I mention that Iceland doesn’t have a military? And that they are consistently ranked as one of the most gender egalitarian countries in the world? No? Well, then. I must have gotten distracted by all of these photographs of Iceland’s remarkable mountains and waterfalls, since the Icelandic landscape, after all, is the nation’s premier attraction.