Iceland is a country of extreme contrasts. It is a place where fire and ice co-exist, where dark winters are offset by the summer’s midnight sun, a country where insular existence has spurred a rich and vibrant culture, where the vast, unspoiled nature lies at the doorsteps of a highly modern urban community ,and a place where a peaceful and progressive population lives in harmony with the often-violent forces of nature.*
It offers some of the most stunning vistas in the world. Contrary to its name, Iceland is warm and green in the summer with very long days. The people originated in Scandinavia and Ireland, and an aura of the Viking days lingers.
Photographic subjects include landscapes, waterfalls, icebergs, glaciers, hot mineral springs, geysers, and lava fields. Architecturally interesting churches and buildings are common. And, large snow covered mountain ranges and rocky sea coasts abound. Geothermal activity is everywhere; all of the homes in the country are heated from these sources.
Travel is quite easy. A ring road goes around the island and traffic is light. Renting a standard car is fine unless you wish to go into the interior where you will need a sturdy 4 wheel drive vehicle. A large national park offers great hiking opportunities.
Food and lodging tend to be a bit pricey, but all of the natural wonders are free.
*Source url: http://www.iceland.is/
Photographer Chuck Hunnicutt provided the details and images for the Iceland destination.
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