11 breathtaking photos that will make you want to book a trip to Iceland:

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The topography of Iceland is a study in contrasts, an island whose verdant lowlands, spewing volcanoes, snow-capped mountains, barren lava fields, and deep fjords are as alien as any place on earth.

There’s little wonder why American tourists are currently heading to Iceland in droves.

But even if you can’t count yourself among this year’s crowds, you can still witness the country’s majestic scenery in Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed, a new photographic portfolio from powerHouse Books, out July 7. Paired with poems and words by geophysicist Ari Trausti Guðmundsson, the images by naturalist Feodor Pitcairn capture with striking clarity an untamed land of contrasts, where Mother Nature is at her finest.

View the full slideshow at Travel and Leisure’s website.

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