My first trip to Iceland took place during the summer. The sun shone 24 hours a day, the sky was clear, and the weather was as warm as it gets in a country with the word “ice” in the name. But Iceland is better known for its long nights than its endless days, and the country’s name is more readily associated with winter than summer. I wanted to go back to compare the two seasons, and I recently got my chance.
Iceland’s rugged natural scenery and geothermal mysteries are what attract most visitors. Reykjavik is often overlooked as a destination, serving merely as an arrival and departure point for travel to far-flung glaciers, geysers, and geothermal gems. But the capital city deserves a visit in its own right, and I intended to explore it on my trip to Iceland.
Iceland is wild. There are few other places on Earth with as many active volcanoes, bubbling hot springs, spouting geysers, and glistening glaciers as the small island nation in the Atlantic. The famous natural monuments of the Golden Circle in Iceland feature each of these phenomena.