“I am an Iceland and you are the Sea. Cover the whole world, leave only me.”

Lying on the constantly active geologic border between North America and Europe, Iceland is a land of vivid contrasts of climate, geography, and culture. It is often called the Land of Ice and Fire, a land where volcanoes and geothermal heat have made their mark on the landscape, along with many glaciers and glacier lagoons, a land of pristine and unspoiled nature. It is a country of sharp contrasts. Where dark winters are offset by the summer’s midnight sun. A country where insular existence has spurred a rich and vibrant culture.

The creation of Iceland began less than 20 million years ago and is still progressing today. Volcanic eruptions in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, on the bottom of Atlantic ocean, created a mountain that grew above sea-level, resulting in an island. So Iceland truly has a volcanic origin.

Over the millennia, glaciers, erosion, and the tectonic movement of Earth’s crust have helped to shape the landscape. Great rivers have formed, containing countless waterfalls, of all shapes and sizes. In fact there are so many that not all the waterfalls even have names. The rivers are a great source of environment-friendly energy, of which the Icelanders gratefully avail themselves.

Iceland is the least densely populated country in Europe, with a pure, unpolluted, and truly magical landscape. Iceland’s summers are surprisingly warm, lush, and green, with days lengthening until midsummer when the sun dips down to the horizon but never sets. During winter you can marvel at the amazing, undulating green, blue, yellow, and pink lights of the aurora in the night sky. The best time to travel to Iceland all depends on what you want to do.

Iceland is the perfect destination for a seasoned traveler, a first-time solo traveler, or an adventurous family. With friendly locals, stunning scenery, tons of adventure, and a lively tourism scene, one should experience Iceland at least once in a lifetime. There are one-stop flights available from India to Iceland and the currency used in Icelandic krona (1ISK=0.51INR). It is a country worth visiting for its mysterious landscape and the natural beauty it beholds.
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