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The Natural Wonders of Iceland

Having glimpsed the power of the Icelandic glaciers last week, Alexander Armstrong continues his journey through the land of fire and ice in order to explore some more of its natural wonders.

He visits Thingvellir National Park and the famous Silfra Fissure, where the tectonic plates of Eurasia and America drift apart to create a rift in the Earth’s crust, filled with water.

Visitors come here to enjoy snorkelling and diving in this seemingly peaceful location, some never knowing that it exists simply because of some of nature’s most destructive forces.

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The water that fills the rift starts life as part of a glacier which is forging its way down a mountainside some 50km away. The melted water then descends through a valley, whose floor is made of volcanic lava; taking up to 100 years to filter through the rock. The water eventually reached Thingvellir where the Earth’s crust has cracked under such extreme forces. The waters are therefore some of the clearest in the world and snorkelling here is unlike anywhere else in the world. The water colour is almost peacock blue when you stare through the waters with visibility reaching around 80 metres.  

Guests can enjoy the same spectacle during almost all of our holidays in Iceland as we can arrange for the snorkelling to be added into our itineraries; we thoroughly recommend the experience.

Live the dog sledding dream

Some of the main highlights of episode two come from the joys of dog sledding. Luckily, 90% of our winter holidays feature this exceptional and unforgettable activity. Whether you want to head out for an hour or take to the trails for a week we have husky encounters to suit everyone. For those who want to dedicate their time to this incredible form of transport then we have a huge selection to choose from.

In Finland we can highly recommend the stunning Saija Lodge, where guests can enjoy building up the duration of their daily dog sled exploits with the week culminating in a spectacular overnight safari.

In Norway, the legendary musher Sven Engholm plays host to guests at his cosy camp, complete with handcrafted cabins, before leading guests on epic multi-day adventures in the wilderness of Norway.  

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For those who want longer adventures then the 5 and 7 day husky expeditions run by our friends at Harriniva Wilderness Hotel are exceptional experiences.

Across the pond and in the heart of Alaska, we offer guests the unique opportunity to get behind the scenes of the world famous Iditarod dog sled race, meeting the mushers and getting the chance to go mushing with an Iditarod legend.

All of our Travel Experts can use their own firsthand experience of dog sled safaris to point you in exactly the right direction.

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