Iceland is known for its dramatic peaks, hot springs, volcanoes, and black sand beaches, but you might not typically associate the country with…flowers? very year from mid-May to late June, Iceland is transformed into a botanical wonderland as fields of vibrant purple and blue lupines come into bloom.
Lupines were first introduced to Iceland in 1945 by two Icelandic farmers, who imported a shipment of Canadian lupine seeds in an effort to combat soil erosion and revive the country’s depleted soil quality. Little did they know that these hardy plants would thrive in their new home and become the iconic sight. Thanks to these farmers, in the early summer hillsides and fields come alive with vibrant shades of purple, pink, blue and red.