I was fortunate and privileged enough to visit Iceland last week, right as the late spring/early summer bloom season started. Hiking through this beautiful country, I was able to spot 6 of the 7 species that grow there, many right on the edge of hiking trails. My partner was very patient with me as I crawled around on the ground trying to take photos. Naturally, with the limited number of species, I became obsessed with 'collecting' pictures of them all. From my brief reading, these species are all quite wide-spread in N. America and Europe, with the exception of Platanthera hyperborea, which is restricted to Greenland, Iceland and parts of N. America. I wonder if Naoki commonly sees these species in Alaska too. One of the most common species was pseudorchis albida. Here is a nice colony growing near Skaftafelljokul, a mere 20 minute walk from the base of a huge glacier: Another common orchid I saw was Coeloglossum viride. It came in a variety of colours ranging from pure green to maroon: Here is a nice patch growing right alongside another orchid: Platanthera hyperborea Being completely naiive in the realm of northern terrestrial orchids, it took seeing Platanthera hyperborea and Pseudorchis albida side-by-side to firmly note the difference. I only saw one specimen of Corallorhiza trifida during my hikes: I also found some Neottia cordata which was very lucky, as they are small and hard to see. They come in a pale green/brown as well as a darker maroon Some nice Dactylorhiza maculata, seen on a mountain-side near Geysir, a series of hot springs and boiling pools. Apparently, there are many subspecies of this widespread species, with the Icelandic one named as Dactylorhiza maculata subsp. islandica: Finally, a non-orchid - Bilberry, likely Vaccinium myrtillus. I saw this growing everywhere in the moorland in both wet and dry locations. I sampled a dessert made from the ripe berries and it was delicious!