Chris Linder Photography - Science and Natural History Storytelling

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Iceland sits astride the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart. This causes the "fire"—geothermally active areas comprise nearly a third of Iceland's land area (including the soothing pool I was relaxing in). This geothermal activity, manifested in steaming fumaroles, spurting geysers, and bubbling mudpots, is one reason why the Icelandic landscape has such an otherworldly beauty (not to mention the otherworldly smell). Couple this heat with the "ice"—sprawling glaciers like Vatnajökull (the largest ice cap in Europe) and iceberg-filled lagoons, and there you have it… In my humble opinion, one of the most photogenic countries in the world.