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Nature Scenes from Iceland

Updated on March 16, 2014

A land of natural beauty and unspoiled nature

"Iceland? Is that up in Canada?" I was in a taxi in New York City back in 1994 when the cabdriver asked me this question. I may not remember exactly how I replied, but I think it was something like: "No, it's actually a large island in the North-Atlantic Ocean". So now you know too, in case you were wondering. There is however a place called New Iceland in Manitoba, named for the Icelandic settlers in the 19th century (which is another story though). So, as I was saying, Iceland is a large island in the North Atlantic, 103,000 square km to be more precise. There are however only about 320 thousand inhabitants, which means that there are only about 3.1 Icelanders per square km (in comparison, the population density in the USA for example is about 34/km2, and in China it's 140/km2). Because of this scarce population density, and since a vast majority of the population in Iceland lives close to the sea, the land is mostly unspoiled by man. Unspoiled nature is, as we know, becoming more and more difficult to find on this planet of ours, and is the reason I think, for the increased number of travelers to Iceland in recent years. I've collected a few photographs to give you a sneak preview of Iceland if you're planning a trip, and if you're not, I'm hoping you'll enjoy them nonetheless.

Akureyri and Vadlaheidi

Akureyri is Iceland's second largest urban area (after the Greater Reykjavík area) with a population of about 18 thousand. It is situated in the Eyjafjordur fiord in N-Iceland. The mountain you see is called Vadlaheidi.

Sunset in Akureyri

The Mountain Arnarstapi - Snaefellsnes, W-Iceland

Fimmvorduhals

There was an eruption in 2010...

Flatey

The island of Flatey (Flat island), situated in the Breidafjordur fiord, W-Iceland.

My Beautiful Pine

I planted this little pine tree in Akureyri in 1993. Behind it you see Vadlaheidi.

Lit up Sky over Hlidarfjall

Hlidarfjall is a ski-resort ten minutes drive from Akureyri.

Rainbow over Holar

Holar in Hjaltadalur valley, N-Iceland. Hólar was founded as a diocese in 1106 by bishop Jón Ãgmundsson and soon became one of Iceland's two main centers of learning (Wikipedia).

Hraundrangar in Oxnadalur, N-Iceland

Someone told me that there's a whiskey-bottle up there. You'll have to do the climb to find out if that's the case. Maybe someone finished it already.

Kaldbakur Mountain, Eyjafjordur

It means Cold back mountain (sort of like Brokeback, but not quite).

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Kirkjufell, in Snaefellsnes, W-Iceland

It means Church mountain.

Kjarnaskogur, Akureyri

There aren't many trees in Iceland (yet). I managed to come up with a few though.

Myvatnsoraefi, N-Iceland

Myvatnssveit, N-Iceland

One of the most beautiful places in Iceland.

Near Vesturdalur in the Highlands

Raudholar, near Reykjavik

Pretty Cool Rock Formation

Saebol, NW-Iceland

The red "A-house" with the green roof is called Jonshus, (the house of John) after my great-grandfather. It belongs to my family, and was built by family members in 1973.

Saudarkrokur in Skagafjordur fiord, N-Iceland

One of the fascinations in Iceland is the aurora borealis (the northern lights). It is very beautiful up here because there aren't any big city lights (unless you're in Reykjavik) interrupting it. The winter nights in Iceland are very dark, making this a truly magnificent spectacle.

Skidadalur, N-Iceland

Let it Snow

Lighthouse in Winter

The Montain Sulur, near Akureyri

One of the most beautiful mountains in Iceland in my opinion. And fun to climb as well!

This picture of Sulur I took from the rooftop of my grandparents' house in Akureyri. For those who have read my lens "Icelanders of the 20 century", the house in front of you is the same one that was destroyed in the explosion in 1974 (and successfully rebuilt as you can see).

Sunny Glacier

A sunny glacier is a happy glacier!

Running in Thelamork, N-Iceland

The Sun Sets over Iceland

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      RestlessKnights 3 years ago

      @GEMNITYA5: Thank you :)

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      GEMNITYA5 3 years ago

      Iceland is Awesome, Heavenly feel.

      (Also shared on Facebook :)

      ~Blessings

      *GEM*

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      RestlessKnights 3 years ago

      @sybil watson: Thanks you Sybil for the visit.

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      sybil watson 3 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens and your beautiful pictures so much. We have volcanoes where I live too - they keep life interesting.

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      RestlessKnights 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for visiting :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Really enjoyed stopping by here again to take in the scenes via your beautiful photos. :)

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      RestlessKnights 4 years ago

      @BLemley: Thank you so much.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Iceland is gorgeous! Thanks for the tour and all the great picts ~ I loved the northern lights and those amazing sunsets! SquidAngel blessed! B : )

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      RestlessKnights 4 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you Janis.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Very beautiful images. Such a lovely tribute to Iceland.

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      RestlessKnights 4 years ago

      @aesta1: Thank you for the blessing and see you on Squidoo or in Iceland!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      How beautiful Iceland is. I would love to visit it one day.

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      @Rangoon House: Thank you :). Too bad the Icelandic tourism industry isn't paying me for it!

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      elyria 5 years ago

      Breathtaking photos, I really hope I will get to visit Iceland someday soon.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      These are magnificent and very inviting photographs. I am certain you will boost Iceland's tourism numbers significantly! Blessings.

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      @elyria: Thank you. You will like Iceland, I think most visitors do.

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      @Escapes2: Thank you. At least Russell Crowe was very happy with Iceland when he was here in August.

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      Escapes2 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures. Iceland looks amazing.

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      kulla 5 years ago

      Fantastic pictures

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      Expat Mamasita 5 years ago from Slovakia

      Wow! Gorgeous

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      @Rankography: Thank you.

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      Such an incredibly beautiful place.

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      Rankography 5 years ago

      Beautiful glimpse of your country. Blessings

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      @lollyj lm: Thank you.

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      Katherine89135 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens. Beautiful pictures of Iceland. I visited Iceland briefly several years ago and I would love to go back sometime!

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      Laurel Johnson 5 years ago from Washington KS

      Beautiful pictures. Iceland is one of the few places on earth I'd love to visit.

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      @swatisingh lm: Thanks, I'm happy that you like them.

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      swatisingh lm 5 years ago

      wow....great pictures.........

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      @ajgodinho: Thank you for the visit and these kind words. I think you would indeed like the scenery, it's beautiful both in summer and in winter, in different ways.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a beautiful virtual tour of Iceland. I would love to visit there because I love natural scenic landscapes. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures with us!

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      @Dmarieinspires: Thank you!

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      Dana Marie 5 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      Very pretty country! Thanks for sharing :)

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      @TaraWojt: Thank you Tara.

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos!

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you Tipi.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Beautiful photo gallery of Iceland. Thank you for sharing. :)

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      @crstnblue: Thank you!

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      crstnblue 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens & photos! :)

      Thumbs up for your great job!

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      @kimmanleyort: Thank you. What I've seen from Canada also really makes me want to go there. In fact I'm thinking of going to Canada soon.

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      kimmanleyort 5 years ago

      What beautiful images. I would love to visit Iceland. Being from Canada, I can tell you that many Americans don't know much about Canada either. :)

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      @seegreen: I've seen people confuse Austria with Australia, which are not the same thing. I visited the former recently, and really want to see the latter. Thanks for the visit.

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      seegreen 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures of Iceland. There are so many places I want to visit and Iceland is on the list. I had to laugh that someone thought it was in Canada, but then many people don't know where Australia is either!

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      @Craftypicks: My pleasure mate :), thanks. Take care.

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Judging by my quiz scores I know nothing about Iceland except the aurora borealis is magnificent! Thank you for sharing this.

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      @Diva2Mom: Thank you so much! You inspire me to continue :).

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      WOW!!! I love it!!! This lens is beautiful! I love your amazing presentation! Lots of valuable info, and I did ok on the quizzes, and learned so much about Iceland. Oh my goodness, hope to go there one day! Great job, Marion! Keep it up dear! God bless you!