Iceland, also called the Land of Fire and Ice, is the most peaceful country in the world. It ranks high in social stability, equality, democracy and more. One of the reasons it is so high on the Peace Index is because it is without a standing army – meaning no army, navy or air force.

It’s got a lot more to offer though as it’s home to some of the most remarkable natural landmarks in the world.

1. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

A constantly changing natural wonder located on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park in southeast Iceland, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is famous for its icebergs that break away from the glacier and float in the lagoon before they drift out to sea.

Sculptural mountains make for a majestic backdrop with seals swimming between the icebergs and reindeer roaming around the shores.

2. Diamond Beach

Just minutes from the lagoon you’ll find Diamond Beach. It features striking black sand and glistens with iceberg fragments drifting ashore.

The beach won’t look the same every time you go as new icebergs form once the old ones disappear. A truly unique destination.

3. Skógafoss Waterfall

With a width of 25 metres and a drop of 60 metres, Skógafoss Waterfall is one of the largest and most elegant waterfalls in Iceland. Its size leads to a lot of spray, often showcasing single or double rainbows on sunny days.

 You can get up close to it by following the river below or taking the stairs next to it to get a stunning view from above.

4. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is located by a main road, making it one of the most accessible waterfalls and very hard to miss.

It drops 60 metres into a tranquil pool below and is one of the few places in the world where you can walk behind a waterfall.

5. Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach is one of the most well-known black sand beaches in the world. It features fine textured soft black sand and a cave with huge geometric columns.

You can see the powerful waves of the Atlantic Ocean meet the shore and the towering basalt sea stacks jutting out from the ocean at 66 metres into the air.

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This article first appeared on Over60.