12 reasons why you should visit Iceland

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If you love to travel like us, I am sure Iceland will be in your bucket list. But have you ever wondered why Iceland is such a popular tourist destination? Well, we did our research to plan our own trip to Iceland. And let us list today some solid reasons why you should visit Iceland.

The best road trip and tours

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a random road trip across Iceland

The self-drive tours in Iceland are so super popular. In fact some are much more popular than those in Europe, Australia or USA. There is a 830 miles ring road that circles the whole country. And it hits all the popular spots of tourists interests while circling the country. As you take on this road trip, you have the liberty to stop anywhere along the way. And breathe in the incredible landscapes. What’s more, there are several tour agencies that offer incredible tour packages right from the heart of the capital city of Iceland – Reykjavik. The Reykjavik Tours are such a convenient option for those who want to see the best of Iceland, but don’t have the time to plan things to the details on their own. These road trips are a perfect reason why you should visit Iceland.

The incredible landscape of Iceland

Iceland has some unique landscapes, the beauty of which surpasses anything else you have ever seen in the world. Although, Iceland lies in the northern hemisphere, just like European countries. But we find it’s beauty and landscape is so strikingly different from that of any European country that we have visited so far – Italy or Switzerland or France or Amsterdam! Here we list some beautiful natural places from Iceland that are high on our bucket list for the country. These landscapes give you numerous reasons why you should visit Iceland.

The blue lagoons

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Located in a geothermal and active volcanic area not very far from the capital city of Reykjavik, the blue lagoons are just a treat for the eyes. Their blue and white hue with the backdrop of the mountains makes them just the perfect spot, not to be missed. Plus, the water of the lagoon is very rich in minerals. And it’s popularity is credited to the belief that it has very strong healing powers. No wonder it is one of the most sought after landscape to visit in Iceland

Gulfoss Waterfalls

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One of the most majestic cataracts in the world, this waterfall gushes mightily over several rock steps before taking the final plunge. It is a sight to behold and can be stared upon forever. As refreshing as enchanting, no wonder it is a must visit on our list of places to see when in Iceland.

Myrdalsjokull Glacier Park

Iceland has some of the most wonderful natural parks from amongst the world. And Myrdalsjokull Glacier Park is a fine example of the same. Given that it is covered in ice all through the year. And it hosts some wonderful metamorphic creations and sand pools which are very unique to the region. A must visit for sure.

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A picture perfect beautiful green valley right amidst the otherwise ice covered country, is a feast to the eyes. Have a look at it and you are sure to fall in love with the beautiful landscape. It looks nothing less than right from the fairytale picture books. What’s more? It has several beautiful hiking trails ranging across all difficulty levels and some of the hidden hot water springs that dot the whole region beautifully.

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Vatnajokull National Park

This majestic park covers almost 13000 sq ft of central and south-eastern Iceland. Yet another national park that has vast fields of ice stretching beyond perceived limits, with several green meadows and majestic waterfalls towards it’s lower part. It also hosts Hvannadalshnukur, the country’s highest point. And it is here that you can spot reindeers roaming freely through the wonderful landscape of the national park. These parks also have some incredible ice caves which are a feast to the eyes and an adrenalin pumper for the adventure lovers. Another compelling reason why you should visit Iceland.

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Asbyrgi Canyon

Another unique phenomenon of Iceland, these canyon are such an attraction. There are several hiking trails in these canyons. Several of them go into deep valleys, and emerge around ice covered mountain peaks which will remind you of the ice age. These canyons are so different from the rest around the world and so unique in their construct, another landscape not to be missed in Iceland.

The Westfjords

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A paradise for both walkers and adventure lovers is the Westfjords. This is where you get to discover the seal ponds and meet the arctic foxes as you walk around the area. The area also provides for adventure activities like sea kayaking, cliff walking etc. And it looks nothing less than a paradise for sure.

In case you are wondering where to stay in Iceland during your visit, checkout this guide from Travelling King for the same.

The Unique natural phenomena in Iceland

Did you know that Iceland is home to several natural phenomena which are so unique to this country. They are one of the foremost reasons why you should visit Iceland.

Northern Lights in Iceland

A phenomena that is high on the list of every traveler to see. The Northern lights are so prominent in Iceland, that it makes for a perfect spot, not just to enjoy it’s amazing landscapes but also to see this phenomena live across those natural landscapes. For us, as we visit Iceland, we plan to do so in the months of winter when the Northern Lights are prominent and can be easily observed during the night. It is said that the farther you are from the urban lights, the better the Northern Lights you will see. The window of time when these can be observed in Iceland is really great, spanning from September to April, which gives travelers ample time to plan for their trip while making Northern Lights a part of it.

By the way, here’s a very useful list on what to wear in Iceland in winter. It will be really handy if you are in love with Northern Lights like us and plan to visit Iceland in the peak winter season to have the best of these lights.

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The midnight sun in Iceland

Since Iceland is located so much north, there is drastic change in light conditions as the seasons change. The winters are particularly dark, even the days are short and dark. While summers have long long daytime. From the month of May to the month of July, one gets to see the midnight sun. As the lights of this sun scatter through the sky and fall across the different landscapes of Iceland including the lakes and the mountains, the views they produce are spectacular. The colors change all through the day, creating several appealing visual treats for the eyes.

The natural geysers of Iceland

Being located on active volcanic bed, Iceland is home to several geothermal locations. Several natural hot springs and geysers sprout from them, creating a visual treat and a naturally amazing phenomena that is nowhere else seen in the world with such prominence. There are several natural geysers all across Iceland, some very majestic. And organized tours are frequently arranged to these. While several others can be randomly spotted as well while on the road trip in Iceland.

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Safety and Security

Iceland is one of the safest and a very secure country. That is one of the reasons that attracts tourists heavily to Iceland. And for us also, it is one of the major things we look into any destination that we visit. After all who doesn’t love a peaceful destination for a vacation. In fact, Iceland is not just mostly free from criminal human activities, this land is also free of dangerous, venomous or poisonous plants or animals!!! And then add to it all the beautiful landscapes and the amazing natural phenomena that Iceland has got to offer. Who wouldn’t want to visit this wonderland. No wonder it is getting so popular amongst the travelers from around the world with every passing day. And no wonder, it is high on our own bucket list.

Now, that we have introduced you to our dream destination and given you some solid reasons why you should visit Iceland, would you like to embark on a journey of Iceland with us? We will keep you posted as we embark on our journey of Iceland – which we hope happens soon – stay tuned 🙂

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42 Responses

  1. dextograph

    My goodness! Your photos of Iceland make it seemed like it’s not from Earth. It’s breathtaking. I’m kinda interested with driving by ourselves to other destinations. Aren’t they’re requiring any license to drive even if you’re tourist?

    Anyway, hoping that our time and budget will allow us to travel here soon.

    • Neha

      Mostly your driving license should do. Some countries require a specific permit along with certain driving licenses but that can be obtained by filing online like purchasing an insurance.

  2. FS Page

    Just this one reason of observing Northern Lights in Iceland is enough to lure me to this amazing place. And you have listed 10! Woah, there’s so much to see and do. The blue lagoons and the hot water springs is something I do not want to miss out on this lifetime. Thanks for sharing this. I will definitely plan my visit to Iceland sometime soon.

    • Neha

      Thank you! Definitely the northern lights are the favorite amongst most of the travelers. But yes, the other places in Iceland are equally worth a visit and absolutely gorgeous.

  3. Ada

    ahhh what a wonderful photos! I definitely don’t need to see posts like that as I already know how wonderful Iceland is and I need to book my flight as soon as possible! Its amazing how many stunning places to see is in this island! The real beauty!

  4. Kellyn Jeremy

    I love love love Iceland. You definitely make me want to go back for another trip, I had a great time when I was there last year. Loved your amazing photos as well.

  5. Saakshi Maheshwari

    Iceland has been on my list too! And norther lights is the reason for it! 🙂 Good to know that there are so many other reasons to be there 🙂

  6. Nicola

    We went to Iceland last year but unfortunately we got stuck in a snow storm up North and couldn’t drive out to see any of these beautiful places. I’m now desperate to go back and you’ve just made me even more keen. You were so lucky to see the Northern Lights!! They look so spectacular. I also hadn’t heard about Gulfoss Waterfalls before but they are going on my to do list as well now.

    • Neha

      Oh…Thats sad. Hopefully your next trip will materialize soon and you will be able to cover all the places you wanted to

  7. Denny George

    Northern Lights is the only reason I needed. However, now thanks to you I have 11 more reasons to visit Iceland. I would love to visit all of them though Gulfoss Waterfalls look particularly interesting.

    • Neha

      Ha ha… thank you! Although we are ourselves confused whether we should visit here in the summer or winter – the midnight sun vs the northern lights conflict

  8. Linda

    Iceland is definitely on my bucket list! Landmannalaugar looks just spectacular, like a postcard. I would also love to see the hot springs and geysers in Iceland. I’ve been on a layover in the Reykjavik airport, but I hope one day I can get closer than that!

    • Neha

      Definitely. You will need minimum 10 days to visit Iceland and have a good look at all the wonders that it has got to offer

  9. Doreen Pendgracs

    Thanks for this fabulous post on Iceland. I was just speaking with my cousin yesterday, and she is planning a trip to Iceland. I can certainly see why!

    • Neha

      Great…I am sure your cousin will have a lot of interesting things to tell you when she is back from the trip

  10. panushwari

    The photos are breathtaking! Iceland looks like paradise on earth and I would definitely want to visit there once. Thank you for sharing.

    • Neha

      Thanks! This is one of the most beautiful places on earth I believe.

  11. Nomadic Shoes

    Not that we need reasons to visit Iceland 🙂 but you make quite a compelling case. Beautiful pictures, I once saw a picture on Instagram and since then always wanted to visit Iceland.

    • Neha

      I know…any picture of Iceland we come across and we are like..this is where we want to head next

  12. Milkytravel blog

    wow! the midnight sun is something incredible! your pictures are stunning, just want to go to Iceland even more than before. I have seen it first a year ago and since that time cant stop thinking of it. Hope will be able to go there in 2018. My dream is to take a long trail on the nature to enjoy all the views

    • Neha

      Same pinch! We also want to explore all the natural wonders of Iceland over a long trail when we happen to go here.

  13. Thelittlelai: Beyond limits

    The Northern lights is something that really caught my attention. It has long been my dream to see this in person, but I don’t know when. The waterfalls looks really stunning and majestic, I love the photo, perfectly captured. The blue lagoon looks really tempting and it would be great to douse myself, if I can take the cold temperature. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

    • Neha

      Thank you! Definitely the Northern lights on the bucket list of every traveler, aren’t they? The waterfalls of Iceland are majestic and if you reluctant to take a plunge into the blue lagoon pertaining to the cold waters, you can always give the warm and hot natural springs a shot..

  14. cametowander

    Oh wow! this was exactly what we needed now. Iceland is definitely on our bucket list for such a long time now. But we don’t know the best time to go there. What would you advice?

    • Neha

      There are flights connecting Iceland to most of the major countries around the world..what are you waiting for? Go ahead.

  15. Sandy N Vyjay

    Iceland is a dream destination for us.It is also a land of dreams with landscapes that are the stuff of dreams. We would love to get there some day primarily to see the Northern Lights which are one of the most fascinating phenomenon of nature. Of course there is so much over and above that too.

  16. Sonali

    Summers in Iceland is definitely in my bucket list. The photos are spectacular. I experienced the Northern Lights in Finland. My experience was that it does not look as dramatic as ot appears in pictures/videos. The dramatic effect is die to camera settings.
    In case you have seen them, would like to know your opinion so that I can decide if I should pursue them again.

    • Neha

      We are yet to see the northern lights Sonali. The Northern lights are one of the prominent reasons why we look forward to visit Iceland. When we do, we will definitely share our experience with you

  17. Marge Gavan

    Oh yes, Iceland is most definitely in my bucket list. I even joined a contest before, hoping to win a roundtrip ticket to get there; unfortunately I didn’t win. It didn’t kill my hope to get there though and looking through the photos here just intensified my desire to visit. They sure hvae the best landscapes, perfect for a road trip. Of course when I finally do I will never miss the Blue Lagoon. Some people say it’s a tourist trap, but I don’t care. I think it’s worth visiting. But my main reason for wanting to go there is to see the northern lights. It’s a childhood dream, I just think it’s magical and it would make me so happy if I ever get to witness it in person.

    • Neha

      Your dreams and wishes to see the kind of places in Iceland are very similar to mine. Hope we both get to Iceland soon.

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