Exploring Iceland by Land and Sea

Exploring Iceland by Land and Sea

Sun Voyager steel boat sculpture in Reykjavik

Aired on December 17, 2019

Iceland is a country of sharp contrasts–Where dark winter night are offset by a sleepless summer sun—where fire and ice co-exist; and where a dramatic landscape and insular existence supports folklore and informs a vibrant culture. Iceland has so much to offer from its nordic culture, stunning landscapes, food, natural beauty and more….

Iceland is a stunningly beautiful place if you enjoy strange and desolate landscapes. The amount of daylight varies dramatically by season. The sun sets briefly each night in June, but the sky doesn’t get fully dark before the next sunrise. In the March and September equinoxes, days and nights are of about equal length, as elsewhere in the world. 

Despite its name, Iceland has surprisingly mild winters for a country at that latitude owing to the warming effect of the Atlantic Gulf Stream. The country enjoys a maritime temperate climate

We set out exploring Iceland aboard the Ocean Diamond, the small cruise ship of ProCruises Iceland. Captain Herve Parage and Expedition Leader, Dorothee Hippel guided us through its history and the waters that were being stirred by remnants of Hurricane Dorian.

After three days of sailing from Iceland’s Southwest to its Northeast, we disembarked and loaded up in a van with eight journalists from Germany and met our guide Asi Heimisson, who drove us across the land in search of trolls, elves, mud puds and thermal baths.

As our show ends we will share the reflections of one of our German journalist companions, Mathias Begalke, who beautifully sums up the impression of Iceland.

Join us as we circumnavigate Iceland in search of folklore, beautiful landscape and thermal baths …on World Footprints with Ian and Tonya Fitzpatrick.

Cover photo (c) Tonya Fitzpatrick, Esq.

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