Iceland is one of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe, but what it lacks in people, it certainly makes up for in beauty, natural wonders and adventure. This unique Nordic island is known as the “Land of Fire And Ice” as it is situated amidst active volcanoes, glaciers and mountains, which all make for a stunning landscape and a geographers playground.
With a plethora of fjords, mountains, volcanoes, glacial rivers and geothermal peninsulas visitors definitely won’t be short of things to see and do whilst they’re there. More than that though, is that Iceland is also the perfect place to study some of the world’s most unique geological processes known to mankind.
Hotspots to visit
Head to the Reykjanes Peninsula to witness the spectacular and dramatic landscape of this geothermal area. From volcanic craters, hot springs and geothermal pools to relax in you will have the best of both worlds with recreation and education. The Blue Lagoon is a must see location for geothermal pools and geysers. You can also take a trip to the Hellisheiði Power Station to see first-hand how they harvest geothermal energy and learn about the geological history of the area.
South Iceland is considered to have it all with stunning natural waterfalls, beautiful glaciers and breathtaking glacial river lagoons. Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon is a must expedition for keen geographers. As the deepest lake in Iceland, with depths of 248 metres, this lake has quadrupled in size since the 1970’s due to the melting of the glaciers.
For an unforgettable trip, venture into the Highlands of Iceland. Much of the interior of Iceland was inaccessible for centuries, but now you can explore some of the islands almost untouched wilderness up close by foot or 4×4 expeditions. The collection of jagged peaks, volcanoes, glacial and geothermal rivers makes for a unique experience of Iceland’s geological beauty and wildlife.
The Arctic Circle
If you fancy venturing as close to the Arctic Circle as possible whilst in Iceland then head to the north coast, where you can explore the long valleys, mountains, lava fields and smooth hills it has to offer. Home to Akureyi, Iceland’s second largest urban area, which is beautifully situated on Iceland’s largest Fjord, it’s the perfect place to base yourself whilst you explore the North’s rich culture, history and adventure. Be sure to take a trip the Vatnajökull National Park to see the awe-inspiring Ásbyrgi Canyon and the Dettifoss Waterfall, which is the most powerful in Europe.
It’s impossible to capture all that Iceland has to offer as a vacation as well as an education. Its varying landscapes, volcanoes, mountains and geothermal areas make for a wholly interesting trip that is perfect for geography school trips, or simply those with a keen interest in nature and geological phenomenon’s. Wherever you head on this beautiful Nordic island, you are sure to witness wonderful and fascinating experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime and inspire you to learn more.
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