TRAVELING around Iceland is a dream of mine. I long to brave the cold and walk its barren landscapes, I crave to spend some time observing puffins and Icelandic horses in their heavy winter coats, and the turf-roofed houses are giving me cozy dreams. Because my North Atlantic expedition is not scheduled before 2018, the amazing photographs selected below will have to do for now.

If you’re on the fence about traveling to Iceland, here are 6 reasons why exploring this amazing country is the best decision you’ll ever make.

The waterfalls

Kirkjufellsfoss

Seljalandsfoss

Svartifoss

Aldeyjarfoss

The wildlife

Puffins

Icelandic horses

The Icelandic breed is world famous. They’re generally small — pony-sized in fact — and have special gaits. Fun fact: laws prevent animals from being imported to Iceland or returning to the country after they’ve been exported.

Artic foxes

Photo: Jonatan Pie.

The ice

Vatnajökull National Park

Jökulsárlón

The unusual architecture

Icelanders have been digging homes into the ground long before earth-homes became the new eco-friendly building trend. Dirt makes a great insulator and helps keep residents warm and mostly dry. Plus, it’s easier to come by in a region where acquiring other construction materials is a challenge.

 Byggðasafn Skagfirðinga – Glaumbær, IcelandLovely little grass-roof houses with an anthropological museum tucked inside the ancient buildings.

 ÞjórárdalurSouthern Region, IcelandOld grass houses at the base of a small waterfall. Cool place to checkout and wander around. #photography #history

The mountains

Due to its low population, much of Iceland is quintessentially rural, though with a crazy volcanic twist that makes the landscapes highly distinctive and memorable. Ever seen sheep or horses grazing peacefully in a lunar-style lava field?

Snaefellsnes

Landmannalaugar

Photo: Amy Hanley

 Kirkjufellsfoss, IcelandBeautiful spot in the western part of Iceland. 
This photo was taken close to midnight when I had the whole waterfall to myself.

The northern lights

Thórsmörk

Solheimasandur plane wreck

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