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Iceland: The Land of Fire and Ice

Contrary to its name, Iceland is home to not only some of the world’s largest glaciers, but also some of the most active volcanoes! The island has slowly heated up over time. 8000 years ago, Iceland was completely buried under ice. This isn’t the only contrast you’ll find throughout Iceland. Depending on your season of travel, Iceland offers long summer days with up to 24 hours of daylight and short winter days to the minimum of just a few hours of sun—something to definitely keep in mind when planning your next fire & ice adventure.

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Find a few FIRE & ICE recommendations below:


Thrihnukagigur: The only volcano you can enter in the WORLD! Journey into the center of the Earth in 6 minutes as you are lowered 120 meters down into the volcano's magma chamber. No need to worry about any eruptions, as this volcano is now dormant. Impress fellow visitors with the volcano’s correct pronunciation, ‘Three-newka-gheegoore’, meaning ‘Three Peaks Crater’.

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Eyjafjallajokull: Iceland’s Famous Volcano - For those with a more brave heart we recommend hiking Eyjafjallajokull which was last active in 2010. This serves as great option for those looking to escape the crowds. Be sure to have your whole day free as this hike averages at around 8 hours.


Falljökull: The ‘Falling Glacier’ - Gaze at this beautiful glacier as it covers a selection of mountains and all the way down to the ocean. Being one of the most accessible glaciers, take advantage of one of the many hiking tours offered. Be careful hiking in the rain as the glacier can become extra slippery in these conditions.


Breiðamerkurjökull: ‘The Crystal Ice Cave’ - Visitors are in awe when they discover the surprise at the end of this magical glacier. Breiðamerkurjökull ends with a blue lagoon where chunks of ice fall in and drift towards the ocean. Take note that parts of this glacier are only accessible in the winter.

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Some like it hot, some like it cold. As you can see, Iceland has it all.

Post written by Kirsten Cusack