Destinations

Discover Iceland’s rough beauty

Follow photographer Þórgunnur Þórsdóttir on a photo journey across this Nordic island country.

FJALLSÁRJÖKULL [↑] The rugged beauty of Fjallsárjökull, a glacier from the largest ice cap in Europe, is part of Vatnajökull National Park in the south-east. The famous volcano Öræfajökull looms above while below is an ice lagoon where one can see icebergs float by.

HROSSATUNGUR [↑] Near the Laki volcano in southern Iceland sits a peculiar-shaped hut perched in the middle of a horse’s grazing area. Empty most of the year, the hut comes to life during the summer when scores of horseback riders on Icelandic horses arrive – filling the place with song, story, and laughter.

MORSÁRDALUR [↑] On the way to Kristínartindar mountain in southern Iceland, visitors are greeted by magnificent views over Morsárdalur valley, along with its glacier, lagoon, and waterfalls. Hikers can walk the valley without bumping into another person and experience the feeling of being completely alone within the vast landscape.

HÓLAR [↑] In south-east Iceland, tall concrete houses constructed on mounds and hills are common scenery against the backdrop of glaciers and the North Atlantic Ocean. Although most of the houses have been abandoned, this farmhouse still stands, and the same family has occupied it for generations.

REYKJANESVITI [↑] In the geothermal smoking fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula, home to the Blue Lagoon and Keflavík International Airport, one can encounter Iceland’s oldest lighthouse, Reykjanesviti. The lighthouses here in the south-west of the island are a cherished part of the local community.

SLÉTTALEITI [↑] Amidst the jagged valleys of south-eastern Iceland stands Sléttaleiti, a farm turned writers’ retreat. Owned by the Icelandic Writers Union, novelists and poets stay for a week at a time to focus on a current project or seek inspiration in the shadow of the towering mountains.

Photos Þórgunnur Þórsdóttir

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