How could a small country like Iceland, comparable in size to New York City, possibly contain within its borders such a vast multitude of astonishingly beautiful views? Iceland is full of hidden gems: waterfalls, geysers, lava fields, fjords and ice caves scattered throughout the vast landscape of green hills, rugged cliffs, and black-sanded beaches. No wonder the country attracts millions of tourists, all flocking up to see this natural wonderland and be inspired by its beauty.
Signe Fotar is one of such visitors, and luckily for us, she captured her journey through Iceland with her camera and we can now observe the whimsical beauty of Iceland in the following 19 photos. Take a look at Signe’s Instagram to see more of her photos.
1. The camera-shy Icelandic arctic fox is the national symbol of the country
2. The Diamond beach is famous for its black sands scattered with glacial shards
3. Bunny sitting on the side of a bike path in Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland
4. Kirkjufell (Church Mountain), the most photographed mountain in Iceland
5. The black beach near Reynisfjara, the basalt sea stacks seen in the distance, is considered one of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches on Earth
6. A whimsical photo of Gljúfrafoss, a small concealed waterfall in South Iceland
7. Alaskan lupine fields are a beauty and a common sight in modern Iceland, but they're actually an invasive species imported into the country in the 19th century
8. Views of Reykjavik at night
9. Strokkur is the most-visited geyser in Iceland
10. Perfect timing! Vestrahorn mountain is one of the most beloved tourist locations in Iceland
11. Seals resting casually on the beach near Hvitserkur, another famous Icelandic sea stack
12. A view of a hot water cave
13. One of the world's largest colonies of puffins resides in Iceland. In Icelandic, these birds are known as 'lundi'
14. Grjótagjá is a famous lava cave featuring thermal springs. It had been used as a popular bathing place until the 1970s, but in the past few decades the water in the springs has become too hot for bathers
15. The hardy Icelandic horses like the ones pictured below are often as small as a pony
16. The Snæfellsnes peninsula is one of the favorite places because it lends itself for the most beautiful and dramatic photos
17. Arnarstapi is a small fishing village located at the foot of Mt. Stapafell
18. Skógafoss, one of the most beloved waterfalls in Iceland, as well as one of the most powerful ones
19. Iceland is the home of many seal colonies, with the adorable grey seals like this one sticking around in the country all year round, unlike other species that migrate