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Iceland is the least densely populated country in Europe, famous for its unspoilt landscapes, waterfalls and geothermal activity. Among the vast lava fields are active volcanoes, boiling mud pools, hot springs and geysers such as the famous Strokkur, which erupts every 5-10 minutes. Iceland is one of only five places on the planet where boiling water and steam erupt through the Earth's crust - and hot water is also pumped from underground to supply much of the country's heating.

In contrast, Iceland's interior is a cold and uninhabitable combination of sand and mountains and over 10% of Iceland's land area is covered by glaciers and ice caps. Many of these lie above volcanoes, and sudden volcanic activity can lead to glacial floods and eruptions.

On 21 March 2010, a volcano in Eyjafjallajkull erupted for the first time since 1821. The resultant cloud of volcanic ash brought major disruption to air travel across Europe. Another large eruption occurred on 21 May 2011, this time from the Grmsvtn volcano.


Iceland's summers are lush and green, with days lengthening until midsummer, when the sun dips down to the horizon but never sets. Winters are surprisingly warmer than in most places of similar latitude in the world and despite its proximity to the Arctic, the island's coasts remain ice-free throughout winter. It is also the time when the Aurora Borealis can be observed.

For more information and images, contact timaldred@naturepl.com

Two people silhouetted in front of Skogafoss waterfall in southern Iceland, June 2009  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Two people silhouetted in front of Skogafoss waterfall in southern Iceland, June 2009
Seljalandsfoss falls, Southern Iceland, June 2009  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Seljalandsfoss falls, Southern Iceland, June 2009
Person looking up at Svartifoss waterfall and basalt rock columns in Skaftafell National Park, Iceland  -  Inaki Relanzon
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Inaki Relanzon / Person looking up at Svartifoss waterfall and basalt rock columns in Skaftafell National Park, Iceland
Aldeyjarfoss waterfall on the Skjalfandafljot river,  Thingeyjarsyslur, Iceland, August 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Bergmann
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Bergmann / Aldeyjarfoss waterfall on the Skjalfandafljot river, Thingeyjarsyslur, Iceland, August 2009
Glaciers and mountains, with reflections in pool. Skaftafell National Park (part of Vatnajokull National Park) Iceland, June 2009  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Glaciers and mountains, with reflections in pool. Skaftafell National Park (part of Vatnajokull National Park) Iceland, June 2009
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) hovering in flight, June, Iceland. Magic Moments book plate.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) hovering in flight, June, Iceland. Magic Moments book plate.
Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea), adult feeding young. Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon. Iceland.~August 2008  -  Orsolya Haarberg
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Orsolya Haarberg / Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea), adult feeding young. Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon. Iceland.~August 2008
Iceland Ponies during winter, Iceland 2005  -  Jouan & Rius
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Jouan & Rius / Iceland Ponies during winter, Iceland 2005
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Glacial ice floating in the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Iceland, September 2010  -  Orsolya Haarberg
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Orsolya Haarberg / Glacial ice floating in the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Iceland, September 2010
Glacier ice on the sea shore, rfi / Oraefi, Iceland, June 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / O. Haarberg
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Wild Wonders of Europe / O. Haarberg / Glacier ice on the sea shore, rfi / Oraefi, Iceland, June 2008
Glacier ice laying on black volcanic sand. rfi, Iceland.June 2008  -  Orsolya Haarberg
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Orsolya Haarberg / Glacier ice laying on black volcanic sand. rfi, Iceland.June 2008
Glacier ice laying on black volcanic sand. rfi, Iceland.June 2008  -  Orsolya Haarberg
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Orsolya Haarberg / Glacier ice laying on black volcanic sand. rfi, Iceland.June 2008
Glacier ice on the sea shore, rfi / Oraefi, Iceland, June 2008. WWE INDOOR EXHIBITION  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / O. Haarberg
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Wild Wonders of Europe / O. Haarberg / Glacier ice on the sea shore, rfi / Oraefi, Iceland, June 2008. WWE INDOOR EXHIBITION
Glacier ice floating in the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, with Fjallsjokull in the background, sunrise, Iceland, September 2010  -  Orsolya Haarberg
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Orsolya Haarberg / Glacier ice floating in the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, with Fjallsjokull in the background, sunrise, Iceland, September 2010
Frost covered grass, Reykajanes Peninsula, Iceland 2005  -  Jouan & Rius
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Jouan & Rius / Frost covered grass, Reykajanes Peninsula, Iceland 2005
Frost covered grass, Reykajanes Peninsula, Iceland 2005  -  Jouan & Rius
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Jouan & Rius / Frost covered grass, Reykajanes Peninsula, Iceland 2005
Swarm of Midges (Chironomidae) flying around grass stems. Lake Myvatn, Iceland. June  -  Steve Knell
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Steve Knell / Swarm of Midges (Chironomidae) flying around grass stems. Lake Myvatn, Iceland. June
Arctic fox (Vulpes / Alopex lagopus) in a wild flower meadow, dark summer phase, Hornstrandir, Iceland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / O Haarberg
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Wild Wonders of Europe / O Haarberg / Arctic fox (Vulpes / Alopex lagopus) in a wild flower meadow, dark summer phase, Hornstrandir, Iceland, July 2008
Arctic fox (Vulpes / Alopex lagopus) in a wild flower meadow, dark summer phase, Hornstrandir, Iceland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / O. Haar
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Wild Wonders of Europe / O. Haar / Arctic fox (Vulpes / Alopex lagopus) in a wild flower meadow, dark summer phase, Hornstrandir, Iceland, July 2008
Arctic fox (Vulpes / Alopex lagopus) barking in a wild flower meadow, dark summer phase,  Hornstrandir, Iceland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / O. Haar
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Wild Wonders of Europe / O. Haar / Arctic fox (Vulpes / Alopex lagopus) barking in a wild flower meadow, dark summer phase, Hornstrandir, Iceland, July 2008
Arctic fox (Vulpes / Alopex lagopus) in a wild flower meadow, dark summer phase, Hornstrandir, Iceland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / O. Haar
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Wild Wonders of Europe / O. Haar / Arctic fox (Vulpes / Alopex lagopus) in a wild flower meadow, dark summer phase, Hornstrandir, Iceland, July 2008
Hot springs and fumarole, dawn, Hveravellir, Iceland, May 2010  -  Orsolya Haarberg
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Orsolya Haarberg / Hot springs and fumarole, dawn, Hveravellir, Iceland, May 2010
Volcanic activity, Steam vent, Hverir, Nmafjall, Iceland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / O. Haarberg
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Wild Wonders of Europe / O. Haarberg / Volcanic activity, Steam vent, Hverir, Nmafjall, Iceland, July 2008
View over the hot spring area between Hrafntinnusker and Haskerdingur, Fjallabak Nature Reserve, Iceland, August 2010  -  Orsolya Haarberg
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Orsolya Haarberg / View over the hot spring area between Hrafntinnusker and Haskerdingur, Fjallabak Nature Reserve, Iceland, August 2010
View over the hot spring area west of Hrafntinnusker, Fjallabak Nature Reserve, Iceland, August 2010  -  Orsolya Haarberg
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Orsolya Haarberg / View over the hot spring area west of Hrafntinnusker, Fjallabak Nature Reserve, Iceland, August 2010
Mountain landscape partly covered by snow, Porsmork, Iceland, April 2010  -  Orsolya  Haarberg
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Orsolya Haarberg / Mountain landscape partly covered by snow, Porsmork, Iceland, April 2010
Eyjafjallajkull volcano erupting, Fimmvruhls area, Iceland, 7th of April 2010  -  Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Eyjafjallajkull volcano erupting, Fimmvruhls area, Iceland, 7th of April 2010
Eyjafjallajkull volcano erupting, Fimmvruhls area, Iceland, 7th of April 2010  -  Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Eyjafjallajkull volcano erupting, Fimmvruhls area, Iceland, 7th of April 2010
People watching and photographing the Eyjafjallajkull volcano erupting, Fimmvruhls area, Iceland, 7th of April 2010  -  Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / People watching and photographing the Eyjafjallajkull volcano erupting, Fimmvruhls area, Iceland, 7th of April 2010
Helicopter flying over volcanic eruption near Eyjafjallajoekull glacier, Iceland, 24th March 2010. Volcano previously dormant since 1821.  -  Uri Golman
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Uri Golman / Helicopter flying over volcanic eruption near Eyjafjallajoekull glacier, Iceland, 24th March 2010. Volcano previously dormant since 1821.
Ash plume and lava eruption from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano at night, Iceland, April 2010. Honourably mentioned in the Wild Habitat of the Por el Planeta (For the Planet) competition 2015.  -  Orsolya  Haarberg
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Orsolya Haarberg / Ash plume and lava eruption from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano at night, Iceland, April 2010. Honourably mentioned in the Wild Habitat of the Por el Planeta (For the Planet) competition 2015.
Volcanic eruption, Eyjafjallajokull, near the Myrdalsjokull glacier, South Iceland, april 2010.  -  Inaki Relanzon
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Inaki Relanzon / Volcanic eruption, Eyjafjallajokull, near the Myrdalsjokull glacier, South Iceland, april 2010.
Eyjafjallajkull volcano erupting, Fimmvruhls area, Iceland, 5th of April 2010  -  Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Eyjafjallajkull volcano erupting, Fimmvruhls area, Iceland, 5th of April 2010
Aerial view of Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) lunge feeding at surface. Skjalfandi Bay, Northern Iceland, Midsummer's day, June 21st 2011.  -  Mark Carwardine
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Mark Carwardine / Aerial view of Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) lunge feeding at surface. Skjalfandi Bay, Northern Iceland, Midsummer's day, June 21st 2011.
Aerial view of Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) swimming just below the surface, Skjalfandi Bay, Northern Iceland, July 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Carwardine
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Carwardine / Aerial view of Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) swimming just below the surface, Skjalfandi Bay, Northern Iceland, July 2009
Aerial view of a Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) fluking, Skjalfandi Bay, Northern Iceland, July 2009 WWE BOOK  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Carwardine
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Carwardine / Aerial view of a Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) fluking, Skjalfandi Bay, Northern Iceland, July 2009 WWE BOOK
Common seal (Phoca vitulina). Jkulsrln glacial lagoon. Iceland.June 2008  -  Orsolya Haarberg
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Orsolya Haarberg / Common seal (Phoca vitulina). Jkulsrln glacial lagoon. Iceland.June 2008
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Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) Ltrabjarg seabird cliff, Iceland, July 2008. WWE INDOOR EXHIBITION  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / O. Haar
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Wild Wonders of Europe / O. Haar / Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) Ltrabjarg seabird cliff, Iceland, July 2008. WWE INDOOR EXHIBITION
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica). Ltrabjarg seabird cliff, Iceland.July 2008  -  Orsolya Haarberg
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Orsolya Haarberg / Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica). Ltrabjarg seabird cliff, Iceland.July 2008
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica). Ltrabjarg seabird cliff, Iceland.July 2008  -  Orsolya Haarberg
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Orsolya Haarberg / Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica). Ltrabjarg seabird cliff, Iceland.July 2008
Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) colony on a sea stack, Langanes peninsula, Iceland, May 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / O Haarberg
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Wild Wonders of Europe / O Haarberg / Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) colony on a sea stack, Langanes peninsula, Iceland, May 2008
Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) colony, Seabird cliff, Langanes peninsula, Iceland, July 2008  -  Orsolya Haarberg
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Orsolya Haarberg / Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) colony, Seabird cliff, Langanes peninsula, Iceland, July 2008
Northern lights (Aurora Borealis) in sky above Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Southern Iceland, Europe, March 2011.  -  Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Northern lights (Aurora Borealis) in sky above Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Southern Iceland, Europe, March 2011.
Northern lights (Aurora Borealis) in sky above Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Southern Iceland, Europe, March 2011.  -  Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Northern lights (Aurora Borealis) in sky above Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Southern Iceland, Europe, March 2011.
Northern lights (Aurora Borealis) in sky above a hill by Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Southern Iceland, Europe, March 2011.  -  Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Northern lights (Aurora Borealis) in sky above a hill by Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Southern Iceland, Europe, March 2011.
Northern lights (Aurora Borealis) in sky above buildings by Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Southern Iceland, Europe, March 2011.  -  Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Northern lights (Aurora Borealis) in sky above buildings by Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Southern Iceland, Europe, March 2011.
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