Information and travel guide to Iceland

Traveling to Iceland is much less about sightseeing and more about feeling things you’ve never felt before – what it’s like to be the only person on earth or what it feels like to be overwhelmed in number per one million puffins.

Andrew Evansauthor of Iceland: The Bradt Guide

The best part of writing an Iceland guidebook is coming back again and again, forever learning new things and falling in love all over again. After so many years of continuous travel to Iceland, I am still amazed by this wonderful country – its incredibly raw nature, its mysterious ancient culture and the overwhelming beauty of every landscape.

Traveling to Iceland is much less about sightseeing and more about feeling things you’ve never felt before – what it’s like to be the only person on earth or the startling thrill of being outnumbered by a million puffins. The gargantuan nature of Iceland stirs the soul or can shake you in your boots. That plume of mist on the horizon could be steam from a hot spring, the salty breath of a gushing whale, the first wisps of a week-long fog, or the conquering cloud of a massive volcano.

Today, literally millions of tourists come to Iceland every year, eager to experience that same strange sense of wonder. They come for the thundering waterfalls, to bathe in heavenly hot springs, and to witness Europe’s last great glaciers. They discover the strange shapes of the bright green mountains, the colors of the intimidating sky and glittering fjords, and the joy of the sunbeams after a pouring rain. It is a land where the horses have long hair on their backs and where the licorice alley is the longest of the stalls. It’s a place where everyone is called by their first name, where all the churches have tiny gold stars painted on the ceiling, and where the mailing addresses haven’t changed in 1,000 years. What’s not to like?

The need to protect nature from the onslaught of nature lovers has never been greater. The number of visitors now coming to Iceland is truly unprecedented. Most come with good intentions and move forward lightly, but the poor choices of a few can have lasting effects. As a unique destination in our world, Iceland deserves the utmost respect, both culturally and environmentally. My country guide is dedicated to responsible, low-impact travel that benefits Iceland wherever possible.

I hope you enjoy Iceland as much as I do – may your trip be wonderful and may the sun and the Northern Lights shine for you.

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