I’ve walked a lot in the mountains in Iceland. And as you come to a new valley, as you come to a new landscape, you have a certain view. If you stand still, the landscape doesn’t necessarily tell you how big it is. It doesn’t really tell you what you’re looking at. The moment you start to move the mountain starts to move.
— Olafur Eliasson
 

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Iceland

The land of fire and ice

 

"If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes". This popular saying in the country applies to all regions of Iceland - from the beautifully remote Westfjords to the urban capital city of Reykjavik to the moon-like landscapes in the Lake Mývatn area.

It's true, the weather is constantly changing. You might be hiking through valleys illuminated by sunshine; the next minute it could be snowing. Such is life on this little island in the North Atlantic Ocean. 

While the weather is a daily surprise, there are some things in Iceland you can always count on.  No matter where you are, there is almost always an astoundingly beautiful waterfall or a herd of sheep nearby. There are black sand beaches, glacial lagoons, otherworldly landscapes, geothermal hot springs, and plenty of Viking history. Plus, it's a country filled with some of the most amiable people around (who also happen to have a strong belief in elves). 

 

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FURTHER READING

Although most of us travel with a smartphone in our pocket, having a guidebook in your backpack never hurts! Here are some useful ones about traveling in Iceland: