Iceland, a Nordic island nation, is defined by its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields.
The Aurora Borealis, more commonly referred to as the Northern Lights is a natural phenomenon created when particles emitted by the sun interact with the atmosphere in the Earth's magnetic field. This releases energy, causing peculiar luminous green streaks across the skies. On clear winter nights, sightseeing trips are organized around this spectacular—though fickle—natural phenomenon. The ideal location for sightings varies and excursion leaders are skilled in "hunting" the lights, finding locations where conditions are best for seeing them on any given night.
The diverse terrain of Iceland, ranging from towering mountains and glaciers to beaches and rivers offers a variety of engine-based activities. With ATVs, snowmobiles, buggy cars, 4x4 jeeps and snow-cats to choose from, one can surely get the adrenaline pumping in an amazing setting in Iceland.
Iceland remains largely uninhabited, with more than half of its 320.000 inhabitants living in the capital city. In fact, a mere twenty minute drive from Reykjavik center takes you out of the hubbub of city life and into the seclution of Iceland's spectacular landscapes, which inspireadventures from its shores to its mountain tops. But the landscape is not just for gaping at; Iceland's rivers are perfect for rafting, fishing, diving and snorkeling; its mountains, volcanoes and glaciers are good for hiking, climbing, dog-sledding, and snowmobiling; its snowy hills for skiing and snowboarding; its waves for surfing; its caves for exploring; and its barren highlands for jeep safaris.
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