Iceland: A Socially Conscious Traveler's Dream (With Stunning Photos)

By Zygmunt Spray

For socially conscious travelers who thrive off of brisk wind in their face and snow on their boots, Iceland is a dream of superlatives.

It’s the most peaceful country in the world, ranking number one in the Global Peace Index.

It’s the most fair country in the world when it comes to gender too. Iceland has the smallest gender pay gap of all the countries in the world, according to statistics from The World Economic Forum.

The nation is also committed to promoting sustainable fishing and using renewable energy. Although that has not been without its problems. Plans to build 50 dams and power plants in Iceland’s highlands, along with a 746-mile undersea power cable to meet the UK’s energy demands, have been met with fierce opposition from some of the country’s most famous residents, including avant-garde singer Björk.

Ecotourism in Iceland makes it clear what’s at stake too. On a trip to this quiet, Nordic nation travelers will quickly melt into the surroundings as they traverse from glaciers to volcanoes, almost in the blink of an eye.

Iceland is home to some of the most beautiful and strange landscapes on the planet. Here’s just a few breathtaking images for you to savor.

Gardskagi Lighthouse on the western tip of Iceland.

This strange and beautiful geological formation is visible along route 1 in southern Iceland.

Pictured is the Víkingaheimar Viking Museum. The museum houses the Íslendingur, a replica viking ship that sailed across the Atlantic to Washington D.C. to celebrate the new millennium.

This picture was taken in Thingvellir National Park.

The roads around Iceland are rough and bleak, but the views are awe inspiring.

Pictured is Svartifoss, or Black Waterfall. The basaltic lava columns this water falls over is a spectacular slight.

Icebergs break off from the glaciers and float into the ocean where some get washed up on the black lava sand beaches. This picture was taken near Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. 

Skógafoss, one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland, has a vertical drop of roughly 200 feet.

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Farewell Iceland. ...'till next time.

Published: 11/23/2015

Zygmunt, or "Ziggy" to family and all of you friends, travels the world, breathing visual storytelling. He lives behind a camera lens capturing the inexpressible moments that, in summation, become our life's story and a larger narrative on the human experience. He started The Wayward Post with Christina to share amazing travel photography and to inspire other people to travel and do good in the world.

When he's not behind a camera, you'll find him moving to a spot... where he'll then use his camera. Indulge yourself in his beautiful work at  Zygmunt Spray Photography and 500px. Follow him on Twitter.