The Magnificent Landscapes and Culture of Iceland in Pictures

Iceland’s landscape is a theatre of extremes - poetic, powerful, and unlike anywhere else on Earth. From the arching glacial bays, sprawling farmland and the mountain-lined fjords of its coastal townships, to the alien-like terrain of the far north, it’s easy to see why this enigmatic beast of an island has captivated travellers for generations.

Following in the footsteps of some of the island’s earliest explorers, I began my Icelandic journey in Reykjavkik, Iceland’s capital, before making my way to the north-eastern harbour town of Akureyri. Armed with a camera and my trusty tripod, the agenda was a simple one: I was here to have my breath taken away. I was not disappointed.

This is Goðafoss, which translates as Waterfall of the Gods

This is Dimmuborgir - known as the Gates of Hell in local folklore - and is the place said to be where Satan landed after being cast from the heavens. It's also the home of Santa Claus - at least according to the locals. No joke.

This was taken looking down at the majestic little town of Akureyri from Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord

This is one of the filming locations for 'The North' in Game of Thrones

This was taken overlooking the Icelandic grasslands

This is Lake Myvatn - already frozen in November

The frozen Icelandic roads

Glacial river, somewhere in the north

A traditional Icelandic platter; boiled lamb, raw lamb, horse, smoked mutton, mashed fish, and salmon on skyr and rye bread.

Looking out across Oddeyrarbryggja (Port lotniczy Akureyri) at midnight

Akureyri Airport, where you can practically stand on the runway and take photos for 10 minutes without anyone asking you a thing

Steam and volcanic gases rising from the depths of the earth

The Smajfall desert, with its sulphuric steam vents

Even the clouds look amazing

Skjaldarvik Guesthouse on the Eyja Fjord

Akureyrarkirkja Church at night

Akureyri by night