November 1, 2014

Beautiful Iceland Photos

Despite its name, Iceland isn’t a frozen wasteland. Iceland is in fact a beautiful and exotic country. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and southwesterly winds and the coastal areas of Iceland are a pleasant temperature year-round.

Upon arriving in Iceland, you first notice miles and miles of black volcanic rock, partially covered in bright green moss. The island country of Iceland is home to a mixture of interesting things, including Europe’s largest glacier, the world’s earliest-discovered geyser, abundant natural hot springs, volcanoes, and a vast array of spectacular scenery.

Below we have some very beautiful Iceland photos from photographer Raymond Hoffman

Gorgeous Waterfall in Iceland

Breathtaking Waterfall in Iceland

Beautiful waterfall photo from Iceland.

Volcanic Terrain in Iceland

Beautiful volcanic terrain. In some areas of Iceland, this is what you will see for miles on end – volcanic rock covered with moss. It is a quite beautiful landscape.

Beautiful Iceland

Iceland Road to Church

Long Winding Road - Iceland

Steam and Volcano Iceland

Scary, but Beautiful Iceland

Smoke and steam rising up from a volcano behind a farm house in Iceland.
Horses in Iceland

Icelandic Horses

Icelandic Horses… The Icelandic horse is a short, but sturdy breed that is truly beautiful. These horses were brought over from mainland Europe with the first Icelandic settlers, and have not mixed with other horse breeds.
Beautiful Sea Photo Iceland

Beautiful Sea Scape

Volcanic-Eruption-Iceland

Volcanic eruption – Iceland.

Snæfellsnes Peninsula Iceland

Snæfellsnes Peninsula – Iceland

Fun Facts About Iceland…

  • Iceland has enough natural resources (geothermal and hydroelectric energy) to generate electricity for all of mainland Europe. However, it would be difficult to transport this energy to the mainland.
  • When early peoples settled Iceland, they immediately cut down most of the trees on the island for construction and firewood. They did not know, however, that Iceland’s long winter cycles and indirect sunlight cause trees to grow extremely slowly. Most tree species on Iceland, in fact, take 50+ years to reach maturity. As a result, most of Iceland is devoid of trees to this very day.
  • Crime rates in Iceland are extremely low. Police officers do not carry guns and most of the officers hold second jobs outside of law enforcement.
  • Icelanders have the longest life expectancies on the planet, with women averaging 81.3 years of age and men 76.4 years.
  • Only about 10% of Icelanders use their common family name from generation to generation, as is practiced throughout Europe and North America. (IE: If your last name is Douglas, your children also take on the last name of Douglas.) Instead, most Icelandic families use a patronymic naming system, where the last name of the new-born child is taken from the father’s first name. So, if the father’s first name is Adam, his child would be named Adamsson if it is a boy and Adamsdóttir if a girl.
  • Several prominent Icelandic words have been imported into the English language, including: Geyser, Berserk, Gush, Cunning, Eddy, and Saga.

Iceland Photos Used with Permission. For more information on Raymond Hoffman or Iceland in general, please jump on over to his websites…
http://raymo.1x.com/
http://www.fotoreisen.ch/de/island-hotel

9 comments

  1. Amazing pictures! They took my breath away! I have heard a lot of good things about Iceland, but these pictures made me want to go and see it as soon as possible!! Thank you for sharing.

    • Ya let’s be pompous about what a spoiled little b!tch you are…. Lets fly to iceland because of the pretty pictures….. im a college graduate lower middle class person that has to work for a living and i bet i give more to the community than you ever have… instead of going to iceland… go feed a poor person under a bridge.. you’ll feel better about yourself…

      No one escapes the wrath of KAPTIN A-hole

  2. These are amazing photos. The waterfall is my favorite. Nice work.

  3. Cool post. Just one note, police officers most offen only work for the police, firemen on the other hand might hold other jobs. There is all so no army in Iceland and no pistols are allowed.

  4. Very nice collection. I especially liked the volcano and horse shots. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Stunning collection. Awesome.

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