From Black And White To HD Colors, This Is How Iceland Transform In Summers

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28th Jun 2019
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Iceland does live up to the reputation of its name in winters, but if you happen to visit the archipelago in the summer season it is oddly green, infact, it is quite colorful having black rock interlaced with green moss, torn by blue-white glaciers and red lava fields. Yes, there is ice too but that’s just a part of the overall color scheme.

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You can say anything you want about Iceland but colorless it is not. Expect to see colors in its glaciers and waterfalls, lakes and mountains, volcanoes and beaches and cities and streets.

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The purple fields- of all the colors you’d expect to see in Iceland purple might be the least of it. Iceland is brimming with vibrant purple flower fields, stretching as far as the eye can see. And, if it looks out of place in Iceland’s typically mossy scenery, it’s for good reason – the plant is actually an alien species. The Alaskan lupine was imported from Alaska by the Icelandic Forest Service to fight soil erosion, which has been a problem in Iceland since the first Viking settlers landed. And now they are literally omnipresent in the country during the summer months. One of the easiest fields to reach is along the Ring Road is in South Iceland between Skokgafoss and the town of Vik.

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The blue hot water springs- No matter if you are taking a short Iceland road trip, driving the whole Ring Road, or only spending a few days in Iceland, there will be a hot spring that is nearby and readily accessible for you to explore! The Blue Lagoon is the most well-known of all of the hot springs in Iceland. Located less than 20 minutes away from Keflavik Airport, it makes a popular stop for people who are coming in or leaving Iceland. The water is a milky white and the pool was formed as the result of a nearby chemical plant.

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Mývatn Nature Baths is another popular hot water spring and fondly called “The Blue Lagoon Of The North”. Due to its location in high north they are less accessible and less crowded but no less of a unique experience than the Blue Lagoon!

The black and green lava fields- it isn’t just the flowers that bloom in Iceland! There are acres of moss and lichens that cover the volcanic lava fields. The Eldhraun lava field is the biggest lava field on earth. Located near Kirkjubæjarklaustur village in South Iceland, this amazing must-see was created during the Laki eruption in the late 18th century. The moss heaths are the original Icelandic landscape and has a very unearthly, strange kind of appearance. The black field is covered by intermittent woolly, fringy, thick green carpet, engulfing edges, bridging gaps and draping protruding rocks. Owing to these special characteristics this place made a perfect spot to shoot moonwalks for the film Apollo 11.

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The black sand beaches-

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Iceland's black sand beaches, are the stark seam between land and sea; and are truly unique to Iceland. Don’t worry about your perfect beach body before heading to Icelandic beaches. Just bundle up, keep yourself warm, dry and safe because they aren’t your typical bikini beaches. Unlike other beaches in the world these beaches are dangerous and quite cold. As a magnet for thrill chasers and nature lovers alike, over the years these beaches have captured peoples’ hearts and memories. Luckily, the most popular beach the Reynisfjara is located on Iceland’s south coast on the ring road itself. It offers stunning views of the sea that contrast with the color of the sand, surrounded by basalt columns all around. It is possible to visit this beach as a day trip from Reykjavik.

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Stokksnes is another unique area in east Iceland located near the town of Hofn. The beach is dotted with tall tufts of dark green grass on top of small hills of black sand. While you trample in the sand, in front of you lays transparent water and immediately above it incredible mountains. Stokksnes is actually quite devoid of tourists so if you are looking to get off the beaten track, this is the beach for you! Stokksnes is about 6 hours away from Reykjavik and is best to visit if you have a few days to spend in Iceland.

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The verdant green canyon- the Fjadrargljufur canyon is a bit off the path off Iceland’s famous Ring Road. Though it is not one of the mightiest world canyon, but what it may lack in size, it absolutely makes up for in beauty. The canyon is made up of an assortment of crazy rock formations.

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When the river bled from the glaciers and carved its way through the land about two million years ago, it whittled out strange geologic patterns. The walls jut in and out, swerving back and forth so the water takes the shape of a blue snake slithering across the terrain. The majestic canyon slices through a patch of lush green earth. The river weaves through the verdant chasm, reflecting the colors of the sky and clouds above in its rippling water. The canyon was shut down for public being badly affected due to over tourism and had been opened recently in June-19

The Icelandic mountains- High geothermal and volcanic activity in the area creates some of the world’s most colorful mountains in Iceland. Different type of lava cool into different types of stones and rock formations with a variety of textures and colors creating mountains that are a veritable kaleidoscope of greens, oranges, reds, blacks, browns.

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In the Westfjords you can find high table-top mountains with narrow fjords in between them. They are shaped by glaciers and polished by minerals and waterfalls. Southern Iceland’s Landmannalaugar area actually has many different mountains known for its rainbow colors. This area is only accessible by a 4x4 vehicle.

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The Vestrahorn mountain located near Höfn on the Southeast Coast of Iceland has dramatic peaks rising out of a flat, black sand beach and dominates the view whilst a gentle clear lagoon lap at the shores. Sun, fog, and waves continuously change the atmosphere of this place. A little off the ring road en route to the town of Seyðisfjörður. The white glacial mountains are constantly meting into a blue turquoise lake in the form of numerous waterfalls. The fans of the movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” will well recognize this road as where Walter rides his longboard down.

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Colors of the midnight sun - With stark differences between seasons, Icelanders are used to contrasts. Dark Arctic winters have their counterpart in one of the most iconic of Iceland's natural phenomena, the Midnight Sun. The peak of Iceland's Midnight Sun is around the summer solstice, normally the 21st of June. You can experience the brightness of the Midnight Sun in Iceland between mid-May until mid-August. The intense contrast in light conditions has a profound effect on all walks of life. With endless days come endless possibilities. Public spaces are bustling with life all night long. Some tours take advantage of these late nights to provide you with an opportunity to experience some of Iceland's best attractions at midnight when there are fewer people so you can see gorgeous destinations in stunning twilight colors and be completely on your own.

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The colorful cityscape – from the rainbow-colored streets of Seyðisfjörður to the graffiti and brightly painted houses of the capital of Reykjavik, the towns and cities of Iceland doesn’t succumb to the mood of the weather and season.

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Rain or shine, winter or summer they are always quirky and vibrant with colors to brighten the lives of the residents.

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Luminous blue icebergs at Jokulsarlon-a magnificent glacial lagoon in South-Iceland is a part of Vatnajokull National Park right by the ring-road between the town of Höfn and Skaftafel. The glacial lagoon is one of Iceland's greatest wonders of nature; the Crown Jewel of Iceland. Visiting the lagoon is like entering a magical world, huge blocks of ice (more than 1,000 years old) are continually calving from the glaciers and large chunks of iceberg float in the lagoon. These icebergs when slowly melt on the black sand are battered by the ocean waves.

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During the process they take shapes and colors ranging from transparent, or white to the luminous blue. Some of the ice is even black, as ash from volcanic eruptions gets stuck inside the ice. It is truly like visiting an art gallery. Though sunrise and sunset could provide great colors, this place can be photographed at any time of day and the dramatic clouds will make up for the lack of sun.

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From darkest wintertime when you cannot tell the difference between snowy grounds and a glacier to brightest days of summer when contrasts in nature get so vivid and real you sometimes feel you are stuck in a surrealist painting, this country is of harmony and contradiction. Even when you get lost in the middle of nowhere, between anywhere and anytime: You cannot stop standing in awe-stricken silence.

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Then you turn around and what you had just seen has suddenly changed again. Because here everything changes with sudden weather change. You have to keep up. Keep on exploring. Iceland is truly a riot of colors, frozen by glaciers, soaked by rivers and burnt by Sulphur, the land of ice and fire will get your heart melting and your Instagram handle on fire!

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