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Iceland: nature’s volcanic laboratory of the North

In this video, we’re taking a pre-Covid trip to Iceland, a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean and the most sparsely populated country in Europe.

Here, nature reigns supreme. Aside from the modern and cosmopolitan capital, Reykjavík, local communities are small, with towns, fishing villages, farms and minute hamlets clustered along the coastal fringes.

As for the country’s interior, the wildness of its ice fields, upland plateaux, lava and ash deserts, as well as the frigid vastness of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier, make for a cinematic, if austere, beauty.

Nevertheless, Iceland’s cultural life is the counterpoint to its natural beauty; the country’s literary legacy alone stretches from medieval sagas to contemporary thrillers, by way of Nobel Prize winners. As for music, live performances are everywhere, as are visual art, handicrafts and locavore cuisine, for those visitors who prefer a less-outdoorsy experience.

Should you find yourself in Iceland, consider the following for your itinerary:

  • Vatnajökull National Park
  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Snæfellsjökull National Park
  • Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
  • Dynjandi waterfall
  • Skógafoss waterfall
  • Strokkur geyser
  • Reynisfjara black-sand beach

View the original video here.

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