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Follow Us: Iceland is called the “Land of Fire and Ice” because it is a country of extremes, with glaciers and volcanic springs located next to each other.
Sitting just below the Arctic Circle and above the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that marks the junction of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, Iceland is home to active volcanoes, spouting geysers, thermal springs and frequent earthquakes.
The largest wildfire in modern history was the Black Friday Bushfire in Australia’s Victoria State in January 1939, burning some 4.9 million acres and claiming 71 lives. Giant fires are also common across Siberia’s Taiga forests.
It’s a relaxing place, but it’s also a wealthy place. Houses, to rent or to own, are not cheap. There were seven of us on this trip, and we crammed into a not-terribly-small house with a front deck that overlooked the bay.
Fire Island seems to have it all: gorgeous beaches, quaint communities, outdoor dining and waterfront hotels, boating, camping and hiking, even an historic lighthouse. It’s the perfect vacation destination for families, whether it’s for a quick day trip, a weekend getaway, or an extended stay.
Fire Island Beach appeared on charts in the 1850s, and folklore suggests the name arose from land-based pirates, or “wreckers,” who built beach fires at night to lure cargo ships onto shore. Some say poison ivy gave Fire Island its name, either for its red leaves in autumn or its fiery itch.
The use or possession of alcoholic beverages on federal park lands within Fire Island National Seashore is allowed for anyone age 21 or older, except in historic structures and visitor centers.
A popular summer resort, Fire Island is known for its pristine beaches, tranquil atmosphere, and laid back charm. Bordered to the north by the Great South Bay and to the south by the Atlantic Ocean, Fire Island’s beaches are world famous. …
You can drive to the Fire Island Lighthouse (see parking arrangements below) or to the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness on either end of Fire Island National Seashore, but you can’t drive the length of the island.
around 60 miles
There are no paved public roads within Fire Island National Seashore. Upon arrival, you may explore the park on foot or transfer to other park sites via water taxis. Fire Island Water Taxi is authorized to provide lateral ferry service between the Fire Island communities and other destination points on Fire Island.
approximately 30 minutes
Do yourself a favor and pack these things: Sunscreen, bug spray, bottled water, and go the extra step and wear your bathing suit under your clothes (or just in general, no one judges you in Fire Island or on the ferry… we’re all too sun-tired).
Fire Island Ferries, Sayville Ferry Service, and Davis Park Ferry are located on Long Island and service Fire Island communities and Sailors Haven and Watch Hill.
The Island is about a 50-60 mile drive from Manhattan depending on which ferry you need to take. The trip can take about 1.5 to 3 hours from Manhattan. Traffic can be heavy in summer, so allow more time to catch the ferry. The train to Fire Island takes about 1.5 hours and runs frequently.