Nature and Culture in Iceland

Summer in Iceland is bright and green, it is in stark contrast to the dark winter nights. Nature in Iceland is a feast for the eyes no matter what time of year you choose to take your dream holiday in Iceland. Art and culture in Iceland has through the millennia been influenced largely by the natural beauty of Iceland with it's magnificent waterfalls, glaciers, geothermal pools, hot water springs and pure Iceland water. Icelandic nature has also shaped the countries long cultural history, mythology and folklore, even traditional widely known fary tales have a distinctive Icelandic twist to them. Icelandic culture has been meticulously documented and preserved in the museums in Iceland along with the gems of Icelandic literature, the 12th century Icelandic Sagas.

Hotels in Iceland

Climate in Iceland

Considering the northerly location of Iceland, its climate is much milder than might be expected, especially in winter. 

Icelandic Nature

Geologically speaking, Iceland is a very young country; its creation began less than 20 million years ago and is still progressing today.  Iceland’s wildlife reflects the youth of the country. There are relatively few insect species and only a handful of wild mammal

Surviving Iceland

Fallout from the Askja volcano of 1875 devastated the Icelandic economy and caused widespread famine. Over the next quarter century, 20% of the island's population emigrated, mostly to Canada and the US.

The Icelandic History

The Icelandic history starts eleven hundred years ago when the Vikings settled the island.  The Icelandic nation has survived the harsh sub-arctic climate and has today become one of the most modern societies in the world.   

Volcanic activity

Situated on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Iceland is a hot spot of volcanic and geothermal activity: 30 post-glacial volcanoes have erupted in the past two centuries.  Over the past 500 years, Iceland's volcanoes have erupted a third of the total global lava output. 

Wildlife in Iceland

Large parts of Iceland and the oceans around it have remained relatively untouched science the Viking age settlement. The environment is harsh and unforgiving and the struggle to survive is quite hard but there are not many natural predators in Iceland, the largest being the Arctic Fox. This has created the perfect environment for birdlife to thrive in.