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I had an opportunity to explore the region known as the Golden Circle, which incorporates spectacular countryside, epic waterfalls, powerful geysers, bubbling pools, lava fields and rugged cliffs.

As a DMC specialist in Africa, it is a rare opportunity to operate in another country so vastly different from our region.

Iceland, often referred to as the Land of Fire and Ice is located in the North Atlantic Ocean. This Nordic island nation has become increasingly popular for adventurers seeking a unique and unforgettable experience, while still maintaining a palpable link with its history. From cascading waterfalls and geothermal wonders to rugged glaciers and the elusive Northern Lights, Iceland offers a wealth of attractions. Nature with a capital “N” is in charge here; it’s a living, breathing island with active volcanoes and shifting tectonic plates. There is a sense of respect by locals, who know all too well how fickle nature can be and, more importantly, how imperative it is to protect and nurture the environment, with global warming very evident on the ever-receding glaciers.

Iceland Exploration

I had an opportunity to explore the region known as the Golden Circle, which incorporates spectacular countryside, epic waterfalls, powerful geysers, bubbling pools, lava fields and rugged cliffs.

One of Iceland’s most distinctive features is its geothermal activity. The country sits atop the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a tectonic boundary that creates a hotbed of volcanic activity. I witnessed first-hand this geological marvel at the geysers of Haukadalur, where superheated water erupts skyward in a spectacular display. The most famous geyser, Strokkur, shoots water up to 100 feet high.


The luxury Geysir Hotel, where is stayed is perfectly located for a birds-eye-view of this phenomenon.


Iceland is a country of waterfalls, each more breathtaking than the last. Among the most famous is Gullfoss, a massive two-tiered waterfall. The thundering waters of the Hvítá River plummet into a narrow gorge, creating a powerful and majestic spectacle.

Visiting Gullfoss is a reminder of the raw, untamed beauty of the Icelandic landscape (and it is just a 10-minute drive from the Geysir Hotel.)


Another iconic geothermal attraction is the Blue Lagoon, this series of man-made pools offers a luxurious spa amidst a lava field. Bathing in the warm, mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon while surrounded by a surreal, volcanic landscape is a quintessential Icelandic experience. The lagoon’s milky-blue hue is the result of the silica, algae, and minerals in the water, which are said to have rejuvenating properties for the skin. The fabulous Retreat Hotel which has direct access to the Blue Lagoon, but also has private pools and a spa, offers the best of Scandi interiors and understated luxury. The 4-star Silica Hotel is a worthy alternative.



Iceland is home to the largest glaciers in Europe, and exploring these frozen giants is a thrilling experience. Langjökull, the second largest glacier in Iceland, means “long glacier”. Adventurous travelers can embark on glacier hiking, snowmobiling, or ice tunnel tours to get up close and personal with this icy wonderland.


Nearby there is also an unforgettable descent into Iceland’s largest subterranean lava cave, Víðgelmir. An opportunity to discover the deep impact volcanic eruptions have played in shaping Icelandic culture and its mythical stories; this is where trolls live, after all.


A visit to Iceland is not complete without a visit to the capital, Reykjavik. Easily explorable on foot, this low-rise city is dominated by the spectacular Hallgrimskirka (church) and offers charming shops, cafes, side streets, and colourful houses. Three activities worth exploring are the Perlan Museum, the Fly-Over Experience, and boat-based whale watching.

While my stay was brief, I was captivated by this small island’s otherworldly beauty and diverse natural wonders.

Next time, The Northern Lights!

In this article
  • Introduction
  • Iceland Exploration
  • Iceland's Watrerfalls
  • The Blue Lagoon
  • Experiences
  • A visit to Reykjavik

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