My husband and I spent several days in the windswept landscape of Iceland. It was a curious and obscure place to be at, right in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Iceland is a volcanic island with harshly cold and windy weather that has made for some dramatic landscapes. We chased the Northern Lights (somewhat) successfully through the Iceland Met Office, driving from the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the west, to Þingvellir National Park and the Golden Circle in the southwest. I also finally got to do one of my wishlist dives, in 2.4 degrees water at the Silfra fissure – a freezing but magical experience diving through and touching both the North American and Eurasian continental plates at the same time. Here are some highlights of the rugged coastlines of Snæfellsnes, and the unbelievable beauty of Þingvellir and rest of the Golden Circle route.

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