Iceland: The Land Where Ice Meets Fire

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Beyond the horizon there lies a land between the Greenland Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, diving in the grandeur of Eddas and Sagas of high and middle ages and North-Germanic traditions of the Vikings of the North. Iceland is the land where the ice meets the fire, as the hundreds of years old volcanoes meet the oldest glaciers of European continent. The island of extreme geological contrasts boasting the vivid history of warfare, the beaches of Iceland experience the winter calling as the snow lands on the pitch-black coast leaving the visitors speechless as they experience the breath-taking beauty of this surreal country


SPORTS AMIDST THE EXTREMITIES

Kayaking in the Fjords, Snowmobiling and Dog sledding across the icy landscapes, Heli- Skiing and Heli- snowboarding, Ice caving in the mysterious depths of the age old natural caves, Scuba diving and Snorkelling in the deep blue oceans, are amongst the top-notch adrenaline rush sporting activities in Iceland which attract the adventure sports enthusiasts from across the world. Ice climbing and glacier climbing is another popular attraction for the tourists who are looking for adventure laden experience with the assistance from guides. From the soothing Canoeing experience to the rough river rafting, Iceland opens avenues for the enthusiasts from all walks of life.

THE NATURE CALLING

From Blue lagoons to the black beaches, Iceland is the island of unwavering picturesque beauty in the lap of nature. The Blue lagoon located in the southwestern island under the clear blue sky is supremely powered by the geo-thermal plant. The hot springs are scattered across the volcanic landscapes of the country, speaking of which, the country bears 32 active volcanic systems, with the eruptions occurring on an average of four years. With the recent eruptions in the Fagradalsfjall, within the short duration of eight months in August 2022. If you plan to witness one, you may keep a track of the same.

LIVING THE VIKING EXPERIENCE

Exploring the literature of ancient Iceland, the hymns of the past mention the Vikings as the ancient settlers who also resettled the enslaved population in the far-off island of the North as the land of the Norsemen. Reykjavik, stands out as the UNESCO City of Literature, which is also the haven of museums like The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik Art Museum, and National Gallery of Iceland which curate, preserve and speak of the grand past of the island-nation.

WHERE THE SUN NEVER SETS

Adding to the surreal bucket list, the unique phenomenon of the three- hour long twilight during the Summer solstice, gives rise to the apt name to the occurrence of the Midnight Sun which is marked by its onset from the month of May until August. Similarly, the Winter solstice in the country looms in the dark hours in the broad daytime, with the longest nights being experienced during the month of December which is one of the bizarre and must-watch phenomena!

THE STARRY AFFAIR OF AURORA BOREALIS

Amongst the most magnificent features of the Nordic countries, Iceland witnesses Aurora borealis, also commonly known as the Northern lights giving a heavenly glimpse of the enchanting night sky glowing in the late hours as the solar light trapped in the intense magnetic field of the polar region seems to arrive straight out of a fairytale for the onlookers. An experience of a lifetime,as witnessed by the star gazers in the vast white snowscapes of the country experiencing Iceland wouldn’t be complete without witnessing the illuminated night sky of this enchanting land.

INTO THE FERVOR OF FESTIVITY

The Icelandic people base their festivities around the long stretch of midnight they experience. The Reykjavic Winter Lights Festival and the Secret Solstice Festival are the most awaited mass celebrations which begin with the Christmas and New year eve celebrations, while commemorating the rise of the sun and commencement of daylight after the long-drawn nights during the winter solstice. The nightlife is one of its kind in Iceland as the celebrations for the light festival and solstice ensure the opening and free access of the public places and museums for the people to visit, and immerse in the frolic fervor.

THE PIPING HOTPOT OF GASTRONOMY

The remote island in the southern Arctic circle, has a lot to offer to the taste bud junkies up for an experimental gastronomic ride. Prima facie, any visitor would often come to the conclusion that a remote island country like Iceland would not have much to offer on the palate. But as we dive deeper into the gastronomic fiesta of Iceland, the authentic kitchen has a lot to offer. From a wide range of breads, to the traditional lamb variants like Hangikjöt (smoked lamb), Kjötsúpa (Lamb Soup), Pylsur (Lamb Hot Dog), the sea food exquisites like Langoustine soup (lobster soup), Atlantic Cod and Salmon preparations, Plokkfiskur (Fish Stew), and liquor variants ranging from Opal &Tòpas, to authentic Flòki Whiskey, Iceland has a lot to offer!