Iceland

Iceland is well known for having sharp contrasts, and for good reason too!

The land of fire and ice with it’s dark winters where there are only 4 hours of daylight, compared to the midnight sun summers are just the start.
Located in the North Atlantic ocean, it is classed as part of Europe and is one of the youngest landmasses on the planet. It is located on the mid-Atlantic ridge and this is why the island came into being. Sitting on a large volcanic fissure, where the Eurasian and American tectonic plates meet, the country is growing by 2-3cm per year. It is also home to some of the world’s most active volcanoes – remember the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption!?

Although approximately 103,000 km2 (40,000 square miles) it is the least populated country in Europe, the population only tops 330,000, with almost 80% of the country uninhabited. The landscape is filled with stunning waterfalls, black sand beaches, glacial lagoons, volcanoes and glaciers, including Vatnajökull which is the largest in Europe. Iceland is also teeming with wildlife, from the Atlantic puffins, arctic foxes, whales and dolphins there is plenty to see.

How many more reasons do you need to visit this amazing country?!