– the only place on earth I wouldn’t be surprised if a dragon flew overhead
Nothing but the most dramatic landscapes at every turn, full of snow capped volcanoes ready to pop, magnificent waterfalls everywhere, steams heated to 40 deg C + by hot springs, natural geothermal pools for bathing, caves created by lava flow and vast planes of lava and ash.
Probably the closest I will get to Mars, and perhaps the only place on earth I wouldn’t be surprised if a dragon flew overhead.
Iceland you have impressed.
After hitch hiking 3000 km dowm Norway, I met up with some friends in Reykjavik, we hired a camper van and drove around the sparsely inhabited island for a week – definitely not long enough.
First day was a bit sluggish – learning to drive a van on the wrong side of the road while severely hung over was not the easiest task.
We drove roughly 1000kms over the week. Stood in between the north Atlantic and European continental plate drifting apart, watched geysers erupt, drove across volcanic fields, thru rivers to reach the incredibly picture perfect Landmaluga?***?, where we spent 2 nights camping and bathing in hot spring baths and one day hiking, we stood inside volcanoes, climbed volcanos, watched the most blue and beautiful icebergs break apart in the glacier pools at the base of Europe’s largest glacier, explored lava caves – created when the outer layer of flowing lava cools and hardens quicker than the internal lava which continues to flow, picked up hitch hikers, played cards with campers, and saw an endless amount of beautiful waterfalls worthy of hours of admiration.
Landmalagua was incredible. Bathing in the geothermal pools while snow capped mountains and volcanoes stood peacefully in the background is the dream of any hiker. The views from our one day 16 km hike were breathtaking. A person who has never seen a camera could not have taken a bad photograph and yet capturing the landscape in all its beauty was an impossible feat. From the stories I heard and the one day spent hiking, I would implore anyone interested in hiking/camping to do the full 4/5 day hike.
Iceland is a beautiful place, best experienced with the right weather proof tent, a good jacket, via hitch hiking and for 3 weeks as a minimum. That is my conclusion after spending only ten amazing days in this country