PHOTO: The Otherworldly Volcanic Landscape of Iceland

The otherworldly volcanic landscape of Iceland

With razor-sharp, tortured lava formations everywhere, the volcanic landscape of Iceland felt otherworldly to me. Iceland has the dubious honor of having more active volcanoes and volcanic activity than anywhere else on the planet. The mid-Atlantic ridge rises from the ocean floor to split the island in two. The eastern half of the country lies … Read more

PHOTO: Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik is the sixth tallest and most impressive man-made structure in Iceland. The 244-foot tall tower took more than 40 years to complete and the design reflects the geologic formations that result when basalt lava cools slowly. Since it is visible from almost anywhere within the capital city, I used it as … Read more

PHOTO: The Architectural Minimalism of Reykjavik City Hall

Reykjavik City Hall juts out into The Pond

I wandered into the Reykjavik City Hall almost by mistake. I’d been walking along the shore of the Tjornin, a shallow body of water that everyone calls “The Pond,” when I came to a long bridge. On the other side sat a building that was the epitome of architectural minimalism, if not downright Brutalism. Curious, … Read more

Iceland’s Golden Circle Tour with Green Energy Option

Thingviller National Parkin Iceland sits atop the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that splits Iceland in two. The Eurasian tectonic plate to the east is slowly moving away from the American plate on the west, creating this rift valley that grows every year by at least two centimeters.

I stood under a hot shower until I finally stopped shivering from battling Iceland’s frigid winds all day. Normally, I would have felt guilty about wasting so much water, but during my Golden Circle Tour with Sterna Travel I learned that long hot showers in Iceland are guilt-free. The Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Station produces 95% … Read more