Iceland: Exploring the land of fire and ice

One of the world’s most fascinating destinations for “hot stuff” – geothermally speaking – and cool winter sports (plus the Northern Lights), Iceland straddles the continental plates of America and Europe, with the rift valley between them both a historic and geologic wonder. Iceland’s population is less than that of Tampa, Florida, with most residents clustered in the classy capital city of Reykjavík, and 70% of the country is uninhabitable because of volcanic forces. Unique adventures await when you plan a trip to this Nordic island.

The vast basin that is the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Soaking in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

Steam swirls into fog in this otherworldly basin of chalky blue and black as I attempt to slowly lower myself into the water. It has not been a good week for me. My knee went out a few days before boarding a plane to Iceland, and I've been hobbling around ...
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Diving Silfra, Iceland, between the Continental Plates

Tentative: In the illustrated dictionary of my imaginings, the word has a picture of me sitting between the Eurasian and North American continental plates, getting up the nerve to immerse myself in water that is 35 degrees Fahrenheit. I'm so ready for the shock of numbing cold that when I dip ...
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What to Buy in Iceland: Shopping for Sweaters, Outdoor Gear, Lava Jewelry, Mud

Standing in the middle of a corral filled with Icelanders herding sheep this way and that, I notice that the colors of the sheep are the same as the colors of the sweaters worn by men, women, and children. The journey from sheep's back to shepherd's back is a short ...
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Dawn in the eastern Iceland town of Eskifjordur came with a spectacular view of the dock behind the rustic restaurant, Randulf's Sea House. Photo by Cardozo

Seeing Eastern Iceland, The Often Overlooked Side

  My trip to Iceland was a visual wonder...from the brightly painted buildings to the mountains to the people and their history. But while so many people do the Ring Road or stay close to Reykjavik, I went east to the less visited side of the island where the people, their ...
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The Icelandic Phallological Museum has had a couple of homes, but moved to its current location in the shopping district of Reykjavik in 2011. Photo by Diana Lambdin Meyer

Visiting the World’s Most Embarrassing Museum

I had been exploring the museum for a little more than an hour, appreciating the exhibits, enjoying the art and learning quite a few new things. That's what good museum experiences are about, right? But before I left to continue my exploration of other interesting sites in the area, I decided ...
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Four-wheeling in Icelandic lava fields.

Off-roading ATVs in Icelandic Lava Fields

A few fillings remained in my teeth after my first ATV drive through the lava fields of southwest Iceland.  So, despite that small mishap where I rear-ended the machine in front of me (oops!), I was ready to do it again a couple of days later. In Your Bucket Because... You ...
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Icelandic horses have long manes and thick coats.

Joining the Rettir, Iceland’s Annual Round-up of Sheep and Horses

I'd been driving aimlessly on a back road near the village of Sauðárkrókur in northwest Iceland when a group of parked cars caught my attention. Usually, cars on the side of the road meant tourists and something to see, like a waterfall. These vehicles tended toward the pick-up truck and ...
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A view of Iceland's lava fields

Journeying to the Center of the Earth at Thrinukagigur Volcano, Iceland

“Because it’s Sunday,” says Saga (pronounced Saya), swinging her long blonde plait as the minibus accelerates away from Reykjavik’s Hafnastraeti car park, “I have a treat for you. Candy!” She holds up a box of chunky-looking chocolate-covered biscuits and beams at us. “These are called ‘hraun,’ Icelandic for lava, because they ...
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