Most people never want to visit Iceland but they should. It is probably one of the most fascinating countries in Europe and here are ten reasons to show you why.
This Travel Guide to Iceland shows you the best locations to visit for an unforgettable experience. Make your dream come true visiting Iceland and prepare yourself for an adventure in this stunning country of landscapes and diversity.
If it`s your dream to see whales then you must visit Iceland. There are fantastic tours for whale watching so you can observe these gentle giants in their natural habitat.
The best time for whale watching is from May to September. Whale-watching tours depart from the ancient port of Reyjavík with many companies offering 2-3 hour trips.
2. To See Incredible Geysers
This Iceland Geyser is not just any Geyser, it is, in fact, the “father of geysers”. It is located in the valley of Haukadalur and is surrounded by numerous smaller geysers.
3. To See The Landmannalaugar
The colorful mountains of Landmannalaugar were formed from centuries of volcanic activity. The Landmannalaugar offers breath taking views and is one of the most incredible natural sceneries you will ever see on this planet.
The best time to go is during the summer.
4. To See The Maelifell Volcano
Born from a glacier 10,000 years ago, the Maelifell is a perfect cone shape and so is one of the most perfect looking volcanos in the world. It stretches 200 meters above the lowland and is covered with moss of the genus Grimmia.
5. To See Kirkjufell Mountain
The Kirkjufell mountain is well known for being the protagonist of absolutely incredible images made by tourists visiting the region. Located on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
This mountain is very photogenic. The trio of waterfalls that feed a crystalline stream at the foot of the hill helps to create a picture perfect image that could well have been taken from one of your dreams. And, as the picture above shows, Kirkjufell sits right in the center of one of the best places to see the dazzling northern lights.
6. To See Skaftafell Ice Cave
Located in a National Park with the same name in the southeastern of the island, these ice caves are temporary structures that appear on the edge of the glaciers creating an incredible visual effect. Among them is the beautiful Skaftafell cave, which is located on the frozen pond of the Svinafellsjokull glacier.
This ice contains no air bubbles which causes the ice to absorb practically all the light, giving it a beautiful blue effect that, however, can only be observed under certain circumstances.
The best time of year to visit is winter and you will need a guide because it is strictly prohibited to visit unaccompanied by professionals.
7. The Blue Lagoon, Grindavík
This is a thermal spa and one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. Located in the town of Grindavík, 39 kilometers from the capital – Reykjavik, the lagoon attracts visitors seeking its warm waters of 40ºC and medicinal properties.
The lagoon holds more than 6 million liters of water in 5 thousand square meters of an area. In addition to the relaxing effect of its warm waters in a cold country, the concentration of algae and minerals is effective in combating aging and treating skin diseases.
8. The Aurora Borealis
One of the most spectacular phenomenons of nature, the aurora borealis is caused by a solar explosion. The dazzling lights are especially bright this year, due to the increase of solar activity.
The best time to admire the amazing phenomenon is between the end of September and the beginning of March.
9. To See The Church Of Hallgrímskirkja
Known as the Church of Hallgrimur (Iceland poet), the Lutheran church was built in 1937 and inaugurated in 1986. It was designed to imitate the volcano larvae (Basalto), very common in the region.
It is 74 meters high and is the tallest building in the city. It is also located on the top the hill, what makes its presence even more exuberant.
10. The Gullfoss Waterfall
The Gullfoss mining Golden Waterfall is situated in the southern Sudurland region, 100 km from Reykjavik. It is 32 m height and a 70 m long, and transports water from the Hvítá river, coming from the Langjökull glacier.
Together with the Thingvellir National Park and the geothermal valley of Haukadalur, it is part of the Golden Circle, a tourist circuit with departure and arrival in Reykjavik.
So are you convinced to visit Iceland yet?