If you’re pondering over where to take your next vacation,
you should definitely keep Iceland in mind.
Don’t brush off the idea of visiting there just because it’s way up near the top of the world, almost at the Arctic Circle.
And let’s just clear up that misperception of there being nothing but ice in Iceland – its name can be rather deceiving.
There’s plenty of amazing sights in Iceland, from waterfalls to volcanic landscapes,
and it makes a fantastic travel destination.
Just take a look at these 14 reasons to visit and you’ll soon understand why need to see this spectacular place at least once in your life.
1. Mountains, Glorious Mountains
Iceland is home to plenty of fantastic mountain ranges that could keep any hiker occupied for a lifetime. Climb up to the top for breathtaking views or enjoy the scenery from the bottom. Either way, you’re bound to be astounded.
2. Hofskirkja Turf Church
The Hofskirkja Turf Church, made up of wood and peat (turf), is one of the last peat churches in Iceland. Those humps you see in the grass are actually ancient graves.
3. Svartifoss Waterfall
In Skafatell National Park, in the eastern region of Iceland, is the Svartifoss Waterfall. Its name translates to English as Black Fall and it’s a huge attraction, largely due to the surrounding geometrically-shaped black lava columns.
4. The Northern Lights
You can see the fantastic northern lights, or aurora borealis in Iceland. The best time to view the natural sensation is in September and October or March and April, when it most often occurs. Also, if you can, try to see it around midnight, when the lights are said to pass right over observers.
5. Its Active Volcanoes
Yes, Iceland has several active volcanoes around the country. But don’t worry, many haven’t erupted for several years. Plus, just look at how spectacular that view is.
6. The Colorful Mountains of Landmannalauger
The Landmannalaugar region is a popular destination in Iceland, full of great hiking opportunities. It’s also home to multicolored rhyolite mountains that have a fantastic array of colors, including pink, green, yellow, purple, black, brown, and white.
7. Mount Kirkjufell
Near Grundarfjordur, a tiny town in Western Iceland with about 900 residents, is Mount Kirkjufell. The mountain sits on a little peninsula and its summit is 1500 feet above sea level.
8. Volcanic Rivers
Many rivers flow through Iceland’s glacial ice and beds of volcanic ash. When seen from above, like in this photo, they almost look more like part of an abstract painting than a natural phenomenon.
Sometimes called crystal caves, Iceland has several ice caves that temporarily form at the edge of glaciers. The insides of them are completely mesmerizing.
10. The Puffins at Dyrholaey
Dyrholaey, a small peninsula on the south coast of Iceland, is a prime nesting site for puffins. In the summer, many come to rest upon its basalt cliffs.
11. Volcanic Crater Lakes
In some of Iceland’s volcanos, especially in the western volcanic zone, lakes have formed in the craters. They look absolutely amazing, especially when they have such bright blue hues!
12. Hiking up Thorsmork
Thorsmork is a mountain ridge in Iceland that’s named after the Norse god, Thor. It’s one of the most popular hiking areas around and you can travel to glaciers, up to mountain summits, and to waterfalls. The spot is simply beautiful.
13. Waterfalls, Waterfalls, and more Waterfalls
One of the most sought after attractions in Iceland is the waterfalls. There’s a huge variety of them and they can be found almost anywhere. Some are enormous and powerful, others smaller, but they’re all magnificent.
14. Beautiful Beaches
Even though Iceland doesn’t have sunny and warm weather year round, their beaches are still something to boast about. They have gorgeous settings and unique features, some with black sand and rocks, others surrounded by basalt caves.
Question of the Day:
What’s your favorite reason to visit Iceland?
Let us know in the comments below!
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