When you think of Iceland, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it snow? Yes, there’s snow, but this island has so much more to offer. With just over 300,000 inhabitants, Iceland is a country that looks like a fairy tale and has a pure, clean, awe-inspiring natural beauty that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Geysers, volcanoes, glaciers, lava deserts, and waterfalls are just some of the incredible natural wonders found on this island.
The Icelandic language hasn’t changed much since its beginnings; it’s very similar to how the Vikings spoke in the Dark Ages. Talking with locals is really an opportunity to learn more about history since many Icelandic people can read surprisingly old texts and are usually friendly and knowledgeable about their history.
The best time to travel to Iceland is between June and August when Iceland’s beautiful nature is at its peak with its rivers and waterfalls that are in full force thanks to the thawing ice. The roads are also basically free of snow.
An Island Full of Natural Beauty
If you don’t know where to start and you have plenty of questions, it’s time to get to know a bit about the incredible places that this country has for you. Take note and pick where you want to go!
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s just huge buildings and historical monuments. Here the houses are small and colorful, it’s always safe, and everything is close to nature: it’s a city that’s full of life with something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for an open-air concert, boutiques you won’t find anywhere else, restaurants, or museums and galleries that are popular with locals and tourists alike, Reykjavik has something that you’ll love.
Iceland is full of active volcanoes, and this has a few advantages. About 85% of the country’s energy needs are fueled by geothermal energy. Water coming from the undersoil has led to one of the country’s most famous attractions: the Icelandic natural springs. For those who love thermal baths, this is an experience unlike any other. You can also go on tours and see whales, puffins and seals. Just remember that this is their home too, so watch; but don’t touch.
If you’re looking to experience the country’s natural beauty, we definitely suggest that you take a tour around the Golden Circle. The Thingvellir Park is one of the most popular stops of this circuit, and not only does it have incredible views, it also has a lot of geological significance. In fact, the Park is where Europe and North America’s tectonic plates meet.
Along the Golden Circle, you can also find one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country, Gullfoss. It’s not the tallest waterfall, but its impressive 32 meter height will put Gullfoss at the top of your bucket list. The Golden Circle has many more beautiful attractions like the Skálholt church, the Nesjavellir geothermal station, and the Kerid volcanic crater. Without a doubt, these spectacular places make this country such a beautiful place to visit.
You can’t go to Iceland without going on an adventure; once you see one glacier you’ll want to see them all. Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in all of Europe, is located in the southwest and covers almost 8% of the country’s total surface area. Going to explore the glacier with an expert guide will allow you to experience it in the safest way and learn about its formations and details, like the black cover that coats the top of the glacier and is the result of local volcano eruptions.
If you’re not the most adventurous but you still want to explore the island in a more relaxed way, you can take a bike ride and explore some of Iceland’s most popular places, like the museums and churches. Or you could pass by Björk’s house and try a traditional Icelandic hot dog or another local dish. The activities in Iceland don’t stop when the sun sets; nightlife is one of the most popular attractions with festivals, music, and all types of cultural attractions.
When you travel to Iceland, we suggest you stay in Reykjavik and use that as your home base then drive to your favorite attractions. Whether you’re looking for adventure, music, nature, or just to relax, this is a destination that, thanks to its impeccable natural conservation, you’ll remember for a lifetime. Pack your boots and your swimsuit and prepare for an unforgettable experience in Iceland.
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