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Lupin Blooming in Iceland

These beautiful purple flowers bloom all over Iceland providing spectacular views wherever you go

Best time: June–July

Lupin Blooming
Lupin Blooming
Lupin Blooming
Lupin Blooming
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Come to Iceland in the summer months, and you’ll be amazed by the abundance of these lovely flowers! Lupins are visible almost everywhere along roads, near waterfalls and lakes. This flower is not native to Iceland. Lupinus nootkatensis is also called the Alaskan lupin. It belongs to the pea family and was introduced to Iceland in order to fight land erosion and to enhance soil fertility. Since the early 20th century, the flower has certainly managed to overpass many native species. It's now being called invasive and harmful for the local flora. However, lupin fields surely look stunning with beautiful waterfalls and mountains on the backdrop.

You can easily find lupin even within Reykjavik's boundaries. It grows in parks and by the roads. Some of the best pictures of lupine fields can be made near Skogafoss waterfall, Húsavíkurfjall mountain in Northern Iceland, Víkurkirkja church in the village of Vik in the South, and at Vatnajökull National Park. The Picturesque Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland has a few fields near Hellissandur Church (Ingjaldshóll).

Lupine fields are to Iceland what lavender fields are to France. Their blossoms give a unique and amazing look to the landscape. Lupine's vivid purple color has made it one of the most famous plants and another recognizable symbol of Iceland. The best time to see the bloom is in June and July.

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When is the best time to see lupins blooming in Iceland?

In June and July, the lupins bloom in Iceland when the country experiences abundant daylight. This season, known as the Midnight Sun, provides almost 24 hours of daylight for visitors to enjoy Iceland's breathtaking views. The purple lupines, one of the country's many wonders, are best seen at this time. Show more

Where can I find lupins in Iceland besides Skogafoss waterfall?

Apart from the Skogafoss waterfall, lupins can be spotted almost anywhere in Iceland. Some of the best spots include the picturesque Snaefellsnes Peninsula, along the boundaries of Reykjavik, and at Víkurkirkja church in Vik, South Iceland. Other places include Vatnajokull National Park and Husavikurfjall mountain in Northern Iceland. Show more

How were lupins introduced to Iceland?

Iceland introduced lupins to its ecosystem to help combat land erosion and improve soil fertility. The idea was to use a non-native species that would aid the growth of vegetation in areas where the soil had been depleted. However, lupins quickly outcompeted many native plants and have since become an invasive species that negatively impacts the local flora. Show more

Why are lupins considered invasive and harmful for local flora?

Invasive and harmful to the native flora, Lupin is known for outcompeting other plants for resources, blocking the light needed by other plants to grow, and altering the local ecosystem. Its roots can penetrate and take up all the water and nutrients making it difficult for other plants to survive. Also, Lupins can increase the soil's fertility by fixing nitrogen and creating an environment that can only support them. Show more

Is the lupin bloom in Iceland comparable to the lavender fields in France?

Iceland's lupin bloom is Iceland's version of France's lavender fields, and both are renowned for their colorful landscapes. Lupins' striking purple color draws many visitors to it annually during the flourishing season, making it one of the world's most scenic landscapes. Lupin offers visitors an exceptional and magnificent view that is hard to find elsewhere. Show more

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