It is the most comprehensive work ever published in English on the treasures of Icelandic nature, from chilling ice to fiery glory of the skies, from treacherous glacial melt water rivers to tiny meadow flowers, the unique and the everyday, even places of fond memories, or fearful ones. The book is divided into two sections. The first is a survey of geological history and Iceland's place in the history of the earth, how the lands rose from the sea, how landscapes came into being, are formed and destroyed. It also considers how man, by living with the land, has changed its countenance, and how nature it intertwined with the culture of the Icelandic nation. The second section covers some seventy places in Iceland, from shore to mountain, circling the country in a clockwise direction. The places are described for the layman, both from viewpoints of a natural scientist and in connection with the history of the nation. Above all, the book is a voyage through the beauty of Iceland, a stimulus to discover a very and respectful admiration.
The book is illustrated with maps and diagrams, and numerous magnificent photographs, which capture the extraordinary variety and magic of enchanted island of Iceland.