Iceland is a fascinating country of rare and untamed beauty. While it’s northerly position gives credence to its name, Iceland’s climate is moderated by the warm waters of the Gulf Streams, and its position atop the Mid-Atlantic plate belies a land seething with volcanic activity.
Having no indigenous peoples, Iceland was settled by the Norse, and a smattering of Irish monks in the 800′s. Today’s inhabitants are largely descended from these original settlers and their language has remained almost unchanged. The interior of the country made uninhabitable by continuous volcanic activity, Iceland’s population of 270, 000, lives largely in or around Reykjavik, and along its wind swept coastlines.
Though seemingly inhospitable, Iceland’s landscapes are unique and powerfully beautiful. Geysers spout astounding columns of water. Waterfalls roar with unbridled power, the ground steams, and mud pots boil, suggesting subterranean lava rivers. Rhyolite hills radiate reds and yellows, and gentle green slopes fall out of the mist to meet secluded hot springs. Black lava deserts stretch to the feet of vast, magnificent glaciers spreading like grand, frozen oceans.
Distant Journeys is pleased to continue its ten year collaboration with the Fjallabak Trekking Company. The foremost Icelandic provider of hiking and skiing tours, Fjallabak offers a variety of treks, including its classic Trek Hekla to the Ocean that are designed to bring you to the heart of these compelling landscapes. For a truly exotic Nordic adventure, contact us for more information on these amazing trips.
We just got back from the most incredible, amazing, awesome trip!…By the way, my son wants to go back (to Iceland) next year for the five day trek, and my daughter says the trip ‘changed her life’. Not bad!
Alice DelDonno, Lexington MA