Iceland: A story of Fire and Ice Feb 11, 2015 There is no more sagacious animal than the Icelandic horse. He is stopped by neither snow, nor storm, nor impassable roads, nor rocks, glaciers, or anything. He is courageous, sober, and surefooted. He never makes a false step, never shies. If there is a river or fjord to cross (and we shall meet with many) you will see him plunge in at once, just as if he were amphibious, and gain the opposite bank. — Jules Verne, A Journey to the Center of the Earth For adventure seekers, Iceland is the richest and most fulfilling subject in the world. A trip around Iceland will make you feel as sagacious as Jules verne’s description of the Icelandic horse. Snow peaked mountains, active volcanoes , untamed ocean and daunting glaciers inspire a great nordic adventure. North Iceland Flanked by surreal views of icy valley, the vast atlantic ocean and volcanic region of Lake Myvatn, North Iceland is a mesmerizing and expansive region. Dalvik in north Iceland offers a perfect off the beaten path getaway. A small fishing village in north Iceland, Dalvik hosts a bunch of hiking trails along with being a pit stop to Grimsey Islands, the northernmost tip of Iceland. An isolated Church In Dalvik Icelandic Sheep in Grimsey Island Lake Myvatn East and South East Iceland Set against a background of the impressive Vatnajökull Glacier, East and South East Iceland offers a stark contrast and variety in landscapes. Intense scenes from Hofn, South east tip of Iceland Skaftafell Glacier Hiking in Vatnajokull National Park Svartifoss waterfall in vatnajokull national park Reykjavik The capital area of Reykjavik offers a bustling backdrop of Icelandic Art and Culture. Surrounded by unpolluted energy and international influences , Reykjavik darts a coming of age story of the worlds Northernmost capital. HARPA building in downtown Reykjavik Hallgrímskirkja Church Viking boat structure in Reykjavik Pravin Dhake is founder and one of the editors at Athlos. He's passionate about fitness, reading and backpacking. Follow him on Twitter.