There are few places in the world where you can find yourself wondering if you are still on planet Earth.  A magical place where icebergs meet volcanoes and waterfalls meet deserts.  Geysers surrounded by colorful hot springs neighbor ice caves resting on black-sand beaches.  This is Iceland.  The sheer beauty in nature that exists in this magnificent country made me realize that I was somewhere special and unspoiled.

As soon as I arrived in the capital, Reykjavik, I wanted to go out and explore and immerse myself in the surroundings.  I decided to stay almost 3 weeks to capture the diverse landscapes from all regions.  The wonderful thing about Iceland is that no matter where you go, there is some natural beauty somewhere in the vicinity.  You are bound to get a spectacular view as you drive along the ring road that circumnavigates the island.  But of course there is more to see than what lies on the perimeter.

A bit of off-roading will allow you to visit the colorful mineral-enriched mountains of Landmannalaugar which lie more inland.  This place is not to be missed. In all my travels, I have never seen mountains as though they were tinted with pastel colors.  Not too far away lie the glaciers and icebergs of Jökulsárlón.  Here you can witness chunks of ice breaking off the glacier from a height of 100 ft (30 meters) and flowing out into the sea only to be swept back by the waves onto a black-sanded beach.  I absolutely loved the abstract shapes that the icebergs formed.  It felt as though I was looking at a painting that kept constantly changing.  I can keep going on and on but I think the photos speak for themselves.  Enjoy the photos.

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