The country’s landscape is just so magnificent and diverse. Full of variety and contrast, it is filled with glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls and fjords.
Iceland is an island born out of volcanic eruptions over millions of years. As the glaciers melted over the years, they carved the island’s spectacular valleys and fjords.
Being in Iceland just made me feel so at peace. I felt all my worries just floating away seeing the country’s raw beauty. It never fails to take my breath away!
It is definitely a place you have to visit at least once, due to its unique, natural beauty and culture.
There is just something so mystical about Iceland!
Why you gotta visit Iceland:
1) Firstly, the Blue Lagoon will heal you!
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa in Southwestern Iceland. The spa is located in a lava field near Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula. It is a favourable location for geothermal power. And the spa is supplied by water used in the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power station.
A new batch of superheated water filled with minerals like sulphur and silica flows into the lagoon every two days. Hence, the strong smell when you first enter the lagoon. And, it also causes the water to be a beautiful shade of milky blue.
I have visited the Blue Lagoon during both trips to Iceland. The first time I visited was during the night. And the second time was in the day. I prefer visiting in the day as I get to see the sunrise (at 11am!) and it’s not as crowded.
2) You can stand inside a waterfall! In fact, waterfalls are everywhere!
An exploration in Iceland isn’t complete without visiting one or several of its incredible waterfalls.
At each waterfall, you will find a new story, whether from history or folklore. These will include tales of historical significance, tragedy and even more.
There is an estimated 10000 waterfalls in Iceland, and they are as varied and beautiful as there are many.
One waterfall you can walk behind is Seljalandsfoss. Without a doubt, it is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland. Unfortunately, since I visited Iceland both times during winter, it was too slippery and cold to walk behind the waterfall.
About 11% of the land area of Iceland is covered by glaciers.
There are approximately 130 active and inactive volcanoes in Iceland. Of 130, about 30 of them are active.
5) You’ll have the best time with the sled dogs
Dog sledding is a unique, memorable and popular Arctic activity. In addition, it is a fun and adventurous way to witness the spectacular Icelandic landscape.
It is a fantastic feeling to ride behind a team of dogs and experience an ancient and thrilling mode of travelling.
6) Horse Riding
Iceland has its own unique horse breed that came to Iceland with the first settlers. The Icelandic horses are well known for having a heavy coat, being short, sturdy, full of stamina, and sure-footed. Thus making them well suited for crossing volcanic terrains in Iceland.
The Icelandic horses are well-known for having a heavy coat, being short, sturdy, full of stamina, and sure-footed. Thus, making them well suited for crossing volcanic terrains in Iceland.
7) Black Beaches
Iceland is home to around 130 volcanoes. Because if these volcanoes, the black sand beaches have rise from volcanic ashes. The black sand originated from the basalt lava that covers much of the area.
When molten lava enters the water, a violent interaction occurs between the hot lava and the sea water. Then the lava cools down so rapidly that it breaks into debris and sand instantly.
Because of a huge amount of lava flow entering the ice cold sea at once, it produces enough fragments to create a new black sand beach. Sometimes, in a matter of hours!
Unlike many other black sand beaches in the world, the volcanic sand in Iceland’s black sand beaches is almost always wet because it is in the rainiest part of Iceland. As such, the sand doesn’t become dry. Hence, it remains pitch black.
8) Northern Lights
Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights!
Northern lights season in Iceland starts in October and lasts through March. The lights are caused by collisions between electrically charged particles coming from the sun as they enter the earth’s atmosphere.
During our stay in Northern Iceland , every night we would go out around 10pm, hoping to catch the northern lights.
Iceland has so much to offer and the beauty is just otherworldly!
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