The land of fire and Ice
Iceland is home to the largest glaciers in Europe, as well as some of the world's most active volcanoes. It is widely known as "The Land of Fire and Ice". But Iceland escapes definition. It is also the land of light and darkness.
Its location, just below the Arctic Circle, makes for long summer days with near 24-hours of sunlight; offset by short winter days with very little sunlight at all. Fortunately, while winters in Iceland are dark, they are relatively mild and play host to one of nature's most spectacular exhibitions of beauty the Aurora Borealis.
Iceland is also a young country with old traditions. In fact, Iceland is the youngest landmass in Europe, and home to the world's oldest parliament, formed in 930 AD. The parliament's original location, Thingvellir, is a designated UNESCO world heritage site.
From the moss covered lava fields in the south-west, through the barren highlands in the center, to the soaring fjords in the north-west, Iceland will attest to the great diversity of landscape and light, taking new forms with every turn in the road and every changing season.