If GRR Martin needed an inspiration for his hugely popular novels, there can be no better candidate than this majestic country with a stark landscape and unparalleled natural beauty. Iceland truly is the land of Ice and Fire.
We embarked on an 8 day road trip in July and I can vouch for the fact that this is the most beautiful country I have ever seen. A country where u can see nearly everything nature has to offer from snowcapped volcanic mountains most of which are active/dormant to serene green valleys dotted by small houses with a tiny mountain brook flowing by. Most of the places we saw seemed straight out of a fairytale and places I thought only existed in human imagination was right before my eyes
We started our trip from the capital Reykjavik where more than 70 percent of Iceland’s 3 lakh 20 thousand people lives. We circumnavigated the country via Route 1 the best highway in the country.
Right from start we understood that we were in for a treat, the way the landscape along with the weather changed as we travelled a few kilometers was unprecedented. We made our first pit stop for the night at Vik, a windy and misty hamlet by the sea with a population of about 500 people. It has some wonderful sights like the DC 3 plane wreckage on the pitch black sea beach made of volcanic ash.
Some of the major sights which should not be missed in Iceland are:
1. Jokursarlon is a beautiful glacial lagoon with 1000 year old icebergs. Along with icebergs it has a wide variety of avian life along with seals which pop out of the freezing water every few minutes.