A hotspot in the North Atlantic, Iceland is one of the world's most unusual countries. It is Europe's second largest island but its most sparsely populated country. Sitting astride the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, linking the North Atlantic plate with the Eurasian plate, it is closer to Greenland than Europe. It lies just south of the Arctic Circle, but, warmed by Gulf Stream waters, has a temperate climate. It has fiery volcanoes and freezing glaciers, striking black sand beaches and hot geysers - the word geyser itself comes from Icelandic. And a geologically young landmass, Iceland is still taking shape: a volcanic eruption in 1963 caused the formation of the new island of Surtsey. Iceland is a fascinating exploration of this most beautiful island. From volcanoes and lava flows to geysers and geothermal pools, from bird life to whale-watching, from national parks, verdant valleys to inland tundra, and from how waterfalls are used for hydro-electric power to Reykjavik's city life, the book is packed with 200 spectacular colour photographs. Presented in a landscape format and with captions explaining the story behind each entry, Iceland is a stunning collection of images celebrating the world's most curious island.
Chris McNab is a wilderness expert, military specialist and author of over 20 survival publications, including How to Survive Anything, Anywhere, Living off the Land, and SAS Training Manual: Endurance Techniques. He holds a PhD from the University of Wales and lives in south Wales, UK.
Contents to include Introduction Coasts Isafjordur Bolungarvik Akranes Borgarnes Keflavik Husavik Olafsfjordur Highlands Volcanoes (both active and inactive) - Askja, Eyjafjallajo kull, Hro mundartindur Geysers - Geysir Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) seen from the highlands Glaciers Langjokull Hofsjokull Vatnajokull My rdalsjo kull THo risjo kull Eiri ksjo kull THra ndarjo kull Tindfjallajo kull Torfajo kull Snaefellsjo kull Outer Islands Grimsey - island within the Arctic Circle Vestmannaeyjar archipelago Surtsey Reykjavik & Town Life Hallgri mskirkja Church Raudho lar ("red hills") rock formation Blue Lagoon thermal pools Heidmo rk conservation area Tjo rnin lake Nautho lsvi k Austurvo llur square Althingishu sid parliament building Akureyri - Town Lake THingvallavatn and THingvellir