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Lupin Blooming

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


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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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