Discovering Iceland: The Land Of Fire And Ice

Iceland is abundant with waterfalls, volcanoes, geysers, lava fields and rivers. Iceland is a Nordic island country between the European and North American Continents. The capital is Reykjavik, where most of the population lives.

We spent a few days in Iceland, in order to explore and to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

Unfortunately we could not see them, because it was cloudy every night we were there. Now we have an excuse to return to Iceland, or we will try to see it in another country!

What are the Northern Lights?  

The northern lights are collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun, that enter the earth’s atmosphere, which can be seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres.

Best time to see the Northern Lights in Iceland:

In Iceland the best time to see the Northern Lights, is from november to middle march. But it is difficult to predict, it depends on the weather and solar activities.

Best places to see the Northern Lights: 

The best places to see the Northern Lights are: Iceland, Alaska, Norway, Finland, Canada and Greenland.

We may not have seen the Northern Lights, but we did not get upset. We had a lot of fun visiting Iceland.


Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland. This beautiful city is surrounded by restaurants, bars and colorful buldings.

Art in Reykjavik 
Hallgrimskirkja Church

Visiting the Blue Lagoon:

The Blue Lagoon, is a geothermal spa rich in minerals like silica. It takes about 30 minutes to get there from Reykjavik. There you can eat lunch at the Lava Restaurant, get facial treatments with silica mug, have drinks at the bar, and spend the rest of the day bathing and relaxing!

Blue Lagoon


Tips: Be sure to make reservations,  in advance before visiting the Blue Lagoon.  It has a limited amount daily visitors, as Iceland is becoming a  popular tourist destination, the Blue Lagoon is one of the most visited places in the country.

Chasing Waterfalls:

The next day we drove to the South of Iceland, on the way we stopped to see one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, the famous Seljalandsfoss where you can climb and walk behind the waterfall, after 15 minutes driving you will reach Skógafoss another breathtaking waterfall.





Black Sand Beach:

After checking out these beautiful waterfalls, we went to the Reynisfjara Black  Sand Beach along the south coast of Iceland.  Here there are rocks, caves, cliffs and black sand.  People are not allowed to swim in the ocean.  It is very cold and dangerous with a strong under toe.

Black sand beach



Icelandic Horses:

On the way back, we had the chance to see the unique Icelandic horses, in an open farm, just off the side of the road. Icelandic horses are very small and have similar characteristics to a pony.



The Golden Circle:

The last day in Iceland we drove around the Golden Circle. Here you can see the Strokkur Geyser erupting, stunning mountains, and less than 10 minutes driving is Gullfoss, another beautiful waterfall.   We also visited the Þingvellir (Thingvellir) national Park an unique Iceland landmark.

Gullfoss waterfall
Strokkur Geyser Erupting



We had an amazing experience, visiting Iceland. The food is excellent. Icelandic people are very nice, and the country is stunning.

Currency: Icelandic Króna

Official Language: Icelandic




Author: Traveling the Continents

Traveling the Continents features adventures in travel, destination guides and travel tips from around the world.

4 thoughts

  1. Really nice article and beautiful photos. Can’t wait to visit Iceland, and explore these sites. Thanks