Travel with Kim and her son as they explore the history, culture and landscape of Europe’s western-most country, and second largest island in the North-Atlantic Ocean. Traveling away from the over-visited capital Reyjavik, due to its position as a flight hub into Europe, they explore lava fields, waterfalls, epic stretches of moss as far as could be seen, dramatic volcanic cliffs that meet the sea, and glaciers that have scoured the landscape.
This tiny nation covers about the same area as the state of Kentucky, with a population of just over 345,000 (Kentucky’s population is around 4.3 million). A little over half live in and around the capital Reyjavik thought to be Iceland’s first settlement in AD874. Poles, Danes and Lithuanians are the most common ethnic minorities in the city. A popular destination for American tourists, in 2016 they exceeded the number of Icelandic residents for the first time.
Kim and her son stayed on a horse ranch in The Westfjords far from the common tourist spots, a place where only about 10% of visitors ever see. Among jagged bird cliffs, dramatic coastal fjords, and immense central mountains they encountered tiny traditional fishing villages, and Arctic foxes, the only land mammal native to Iceland.