The cold beauty of Iceland | Glaciers under the Aurora

Posted by on May 30, 2013

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Iceland is known for its outdoor activities. The tours are quite widespread among glaciers. You can rent jeeps and snowmobile by yourself. However, due to the risk of hidden cracks in glaciers, authorities recommend visiting the glaciers on organized tours with experienced guides.

Iceland Rocky Terrain

Iceland Rocky Terrain

Iceland Glaciers

Iceland Glaciers

Other less risky activities are bird watching and whale watching. In the case of the former, it is practically a paradise in Iceland. In Latrabjarg in the Westfjords, there is a hill with the world’s largest birds. There are nests of all varieties and there is a colony of the biggest auks in the world. In the Westman Islands there are a variety of sea birds including the largest population of puffins. Lake Myvatn in the north has more species of ducks than any place in Europe. As for the whales, the success rate of seeing them is the highest in the world at 95%. Whales such as the friendly minke, large blue and humpback are fairly common. The most frequented is Husavik in the north.

Iceland Husavik Whale Watching

Iceland Husavik Whale Watching

Iceland's Puffin Flying

Iceland’s Puffin Flying

For outdoor sports the most popular are mountaineering, mountain biking and horseback riding. Due to the rugged terrain of the island’s few demarcated roads it is advisable to take an organized tour. Golf is very popular and attractive to play at midnight when there is still light. Sport fishing is concentrated in salmon and trout in the months of April through September.

Iceland Aurora Borealis

Iceland Aurora Borealis

Iceland Horseriding

Iceland Horseriding

Finally, Iceland is also a center of culture. Every year since 1999 the Iceland Airwaves music festival in Reykjavik attracts international attention. The bands playing are usually alternative style such as the singer Björk.

Iceland Snowy Fields

Iceland Snowy Fields

Iceland Bridge

Iceland Bridge

Iceland photos: Brenna Finn, David, vulture labs, Ben Smethers, Jeff Bell, Victor Montol.

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