Vatnajökull features miles of white, pure ice, intertwined with blue and smoky hues in interesting shapes formed by compressed ice.

Visiting Vatnajökull Glacier

Iceland earns its ubiquitous “fire and ice” nickname in the Vatnajökull region. Vatnajökull Glacier’s ice cap covers several active volcanoes; you’ll frequently see hot streams erupting from beneath frozen banks of ice.

The town of Ólafsvík in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Snæfellsjökull National Park, Iceland

The jewel of the western coast, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula has a taste of everything; many locals refer to the region as “Iceland in miniature.” Here’s a look at the region’s highlights, including climbing glaciers in Snæfellsjökull National Park.

Winter in Iceland. Photo © Jenna Gottlieb.

Weather and Climate in Iceland

Iceland isn’t as cold as you may think. The Gulf Steam works to moderate Iceland’s climate, but doesn’t mean calm, as it’s also responsible for the frequent weather changes. Weather here is not casual conversation, but serious business; it can change rapidly, from calm winds and sunny skies to rain, snow, sleet and back to calm wind and sunny skies, all in the same hour. It’s unpredictable, frustrating, exhilarating, and confusing for many tourists, but Icelanders have learned to adapt and go with the flow.

A sunny day at Gullfoss Falls in Iceland.

Ring Road Trip: The Best of Iceland

The most accessible route around the country is the Ring Road, encircling the island and connecting many of the most popular attractions. On this best of Iceland road trip, you’ll be driving clockwise from Keflavík International Airport. To avoid road closures from snow, this trip is best done in the summer!

Atop a peak in the Logan Pass area.

Best Landscapes to Explore in Glacier National Park

With some of North America’s oldest exposed rock, a landscape created from moving earth, and the carving action of ice, Glacier Park fills one million acres with captivating scenery. Enjoy sinking into iconic Glacier landscapes by camping or staying in lodges, then don your hiking boots, for the best of Glacier’s features are seen up close from trails.