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Island Explorer Diary

Want to drive the Iceland Ring Road?

With our small population and mountainous terrain we don’t have a huge about of roads in Iceland, but the ones we do have are epic. Sweeping landscapes, tunnels through mountains, and glorious waterfalls litter the country, and one of the best ways to see them is on the iconic Route 1, Iceland’s ring road.

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Island Explorer Diary

Diamond Beach; What’s best? Summer or Winter?

Diamond Beach is many tourists top Icelandic destination when they visit our shores, and for good reason. It is so far from anything they have at home, it’s hard to even comprehend what is being seen. The black sand beach is scattered with clear, often blue tinted icebergs of varying sizes, sparkling in the sunshine.

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Konudagur! It’s women’s day in Iceland.

The word ‘Konudagur’ was first used in the 1800s, and nowadays it is celebrated in a similar way to Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day, with people taking time to appreciate the women in their lives. Often they will be brought flowers, cooked dinner, and generally pampered.

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Island Explorer Diary

Hiking on Glaciers in Iceland; Dangers and Delights.

Iceland’s nickname is ‘The land of Ice and Fire.’ The fire part is our volcanos, if you want to learn about whether you can see an erupting volcano on your visit click here. As for the ice, that is our incredible glaciers that take up about 10% of our land, and almost everyone who visits our shores wants to see them, and we totally understand why!

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Where Can I See Erupting Volcanoes in Iceland?

Without volcanoes, Iceland simply wouldn’t exist, and even our nickname, the land of Ice and Fire, is a nod to them and the glaciers which take up just over 10% of land in the middle of the North Atlantic. Because of them, our island continues to grow 2 to 3 cm every year, the lava pushing its way up through the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a fault line between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. In fact, since the middle ages, a third of the lava that has covered the Earth’s surface has been here in Iceland!

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Where is Iceland?

We are the youngest country in Europe to be created by nature! Iceland sits on the Mid – Atlantic Ridge, which’s between two tectonic plates. Over millennia volcanoes have spewed out so much molten rock that Iceland grew to the land we know today. It is still growing, by about 2.5cm a year which is extremely fast, geologically speaking.

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Island Explorer Diary

Snorkelling between tectonic plates; our top 5 tips to stay toasty warm!

Sure, you love going to our geothermal spas and watching the Northern Lights shine above you, but you want to do something more adventurous during your Icelandic holiday. Look no further. Snorkelling between tectonic plates is what you need. It is the only place in the world you can do it, and some of the clearest water in the world too…because it’s water from a glacier. This means that whilst it is super clear it is also really cold…about 3°C or 37°F. It is definitely worth taking the plunge, but we want you to stay warm so here are our top tips.

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Island Explorer Diary

Remote Swimming Pools around Iceland you must Visit!

Whilst a lot of pools are in the capital area, and we cannot recommend them enough, there are some hidden gems that are way out there, you may even be lucky enough to get them to yourself! We hope you get a chance to visit them during your time in Iceland.

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Whale Watching Diary

You’ll never guess what we saw! A fin whale in Reykjavik harbour!

As we got closer we could see the smooth skin and swept-back fin. This was definitely no humpback. We were pretty sure this was a fin whale! Normally they live 30 miles off the coast, but this curious beast had come only a kilometre or so off the shore. To get a proper identification we looked between the dorsal fin and the tail flukes. Another name for a fin whale is a razorback because it has a prominent ridge in that area.

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whale watching - a breahing humpback in faxafloi
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Can a whale swallow a human?

Diamond Beach is many tourists top Icelandic destination when they visit our shores, and for good reason. It is so far from anything they have at home, it’s hard to even comprehend what is being seen. The black sand beach is scattered with clear, often blue tinted icebergs of varying sizes, sparkling in the sunshine.

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humpback whale dorsal fin
Whale Watching Diary

Wow! Epic whale watching tour. Two different humpback whales diving around the yacht.

When whales feed they will often drive the fish towards the surface, as to a fish that is a wall! They can’t escape. For the birds, the fish become easy pickings. Despite the massive size of whales, they eat the same types of small fish as the birds. The whales are bringing the fish to them, so they don’t have to dive down and hunt. Whilst some birds like puffins are extremely agile hunters underwater many aren’t, and couldn’t easily outmanoeuvre their prey. The birds, flying above the water can see where the whales are and follow them! We follow the birds.

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Island Explorer Diary

January in Iceland; What you need to know.

January in Iceland is quiet and stunning. The nights are long and dark so we frequently see the Northern Lights light up the sky, and the gorgeous countryside is often covered in snow. Winter activities like visiting Ice Caves and snowmobiling are open, but the Christmas crowds have gone.

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sea eagle hunting
Island Explorer Diary

March in Iceland; What you need to know.

March is one of the cheapest months to visit Iceland, yet it has the best of summer and winter! We still have enough night time to see the Northern Lights but we can have really beautiful early spring days!

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Island Explorer Diary

February in Iceland; What you need to know.

February in Iceland is peaceful and beautiful. The nights are long and dark enough that we frequently see the Northern Lights light up the sky, but by the end of the month the days are long enough to explore the stunning countryside that is often covered in snow. Winter activities like visiting Ice Caves and snowmobiling are available, but without the crowds you might encounter over Christmas and new years.

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Whale Watching Diary

Lovely! Looking for whales was a delight with Sea Trips.

Eventually they left us and we entered into an area of water we know to be incredibly rich in fish – and so, hopefully, also in whales. We were in luck! a couple of beautiful minke whales were there, including one with a distinctive ragged fin and skin markings. It was good to see an old friend of ours again and it came up to the boat, letting us take great photos of it.

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Island Explorer Diary

December in Iceland; What you need to know.

December in Iceland is the ultimate winter wonderland. The nights are long and dark so we frequently see the Northern Lights light up the sky, and the gorgeous countryside is often covered in snow. Winter activities like visiting Ice Caves and snowmobiling are open, and all the Christmas lights are up. Don’t forget to look out for the Christmas Cat!

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