Peppered with lush national parks, vast lava fields, and snow-covered glaciers, Iceland offers visitors the opportunity to experience the wild outdoors in a way only possible in this unique Nordic nation.
The country is home to adventures for every kind of traveller. Hikers can traverse moss-covered hills or follow days-long trails through the highlands. Downhill and cross-country skiers will find wintery slopes to explore in the Westfjords. Even surfers can join a welcoming community of dedicated wave-riders along the coast. From the mountains to the ocean, Iceland is packed with landscapes ripe for exploration.
A photographer works to capture the arch of the aurora borealis over the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHNATHAN AMPERSAND ESPER, AURORA
A diver floats up for air at the Silfa fissure in Iceland. The North American and Eurasian continental plates meet at the crack, which is split into four sections: Silfra Big Crack, Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral, and Silfra Lagoon.PHOTOGRAPH BY NUDIBLUE/GETTY
A man climbs the steep ice at Gígjökull glacier in southern Iceland. The glacier is one of two outlets from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. PHOTOGRAPH BY GUÐMUNDUR TÓMASSON, AURORA
Hikers traverse the path up Landmannalaugar hiking trail, which passes by hot springs, lava fields, and colourful hilltops. PHOTOGRAPH BY ISTOCK/GETTY
Fjallsjökull glacier in Vatnajökull National Park sits along Iceland’s southeastern coastline. PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHNATHAN AMPERSAND ESPER
Header: The northern lights, which can usually be seen in Iceland from August to April, shine over Mount Kirkjufell.
PHOTOGRAPH BY NATURE'S BEAUTY/AURORA