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 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.
Vatnajökull National Park
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.
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?