No doubt, everyone is talking about Iceland nowadays. If you follow the trails of top travel bloggers and influencers from around the world, majority of them had already been to Iceland. Who can blame them? Iceland is truly magical and breathtaking that it seems to belong on a completely different dimension.
Amazing Northern Lights
Iceland is easily one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights, also known as aurora borealis. It is flooded out with one of the most beautiful sights in the sky at night. These natural light show takes place all because of supercharged electrons that gives the magical effect in the night sky. This is one of the most favorite visitor experience that everyone should not miss. To have the best chance to see it, they are much visible during the period from September to April so, you should probably plan your trip around these months.
Snowmobiling on the Glacier
Well, they don’t call it Iceland for no reason so, it is only logical to do some activities involving ice. The most popular ice activity these days is snowmobiling on glaciers. You can catch the incredible beauty of the contrasting valleys, mountains, plateaus and volcanoes that you can only see on this side of the world. Over the top view of the glacier, you can witness the hauntingly beautiful white emptiness of the ice all along with the exciting muffled sounds of your snowmobile to accompany you with.
Enchanting Blue Lagoon
Iceland is generally cold all year round but thanks to its geothermal pools, it is quite easy and convenient to escape the freezing temperatures especially during winter. The most popular geothermal spa is the Blue Lagoon. The water in the lagoon is naturally heated and the warm whole of the year around. Due to its proximity to the Keflavik International Airport, tourists flock here which is why visiting earlier in the day is the smartest way to avoid all the crow.
Golden Circle Tour
Transportation in Iceland is not the most comprehensive which is why most visitors rent a car in Reykjavik then make their way around the country. Might as well take the Golden Circle route which highlights the best sceneries Iceland could offer.
Along this route, you have the chance to see and visit Þingvellir National Park, the one and only UNESCO world heritage in mainland Iceland. This is only about 45 minutes away from Reykjavik which makes it the best first stop on this route. Evidence of the world’s dramatic are scattered everywhere your eyes can see in this magnificent national park. It is pretty easy to let the hours pass by while you explore the park.
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If you are a diver, you’d probably want to experience a once in a lifetime adventure of scuba diving in between two tectonic plates. Silfra is easily voted as one of the best diving experiences in the world as you drift away in between to large continents. However, it requires a certain level in diving because you need to wear a drysuit as the water is freezing!
The second stop on this route is Geysir Geothermal Area where you can witness a brilliant show of erupting geysers peppered around this area. You will never miss a chance to see it as there is one geyser erupting every 5-10 minutes.
Just less than 10 minutes down the road from Geysir Geothermal Area is the third and final stop of the Golden Circle route. Gullfoss waterfalls is one of the mightiest waterfalls in the world with two stages of powerful plunging water. This stop can be dangerous that is only accessible during summer to keep the safety of everyone.
You can never miss out visiting the mountains in Iceland. This country is all surrounded with the richness of natural peaks that comes in all shapes and sizes.
If you are being adventurous, you can plan a trip that involves hiking the highest peak in Iceland, Hvannadalshnjúkur. Although, this might require some technical level and lots of preparations but the views can be truly rewarding and the experience is one that will leave a mark in your heart forever.
For those who are not very confident about their mountaineering skills, you can always make your way to Kirkjufell where there are easy trails for tourists who love to wander around nature while still being a little bit adventurous.
Some people may be scared of volcanoes being unpredictable at times but in Iceland, seeing a active and unique volcanoes will definitely push you out of your comfort zone. There are volcanoes that sits right in the middle of lakes and rivers while there are some other that are right next to the beach. The mighty power of nature brings forth beautiful and unique land formations that makes Iceland a truly unique destination.
Equally beautiful as the volcanoes, Icelandic waterfalls are simply breathtaking. In Iceland, you will witness so many varieties of the waterfalls that there no two waterfalls looking similar. One of the most famous waterfalls in the country is the Svartifoss waterfalls also known as the Black falls. The water falls from a towering black basaltic backdrop that resembles a giant church organ. There are also hiking trails around the falls that can accommodate all types of hikers, just be sure to take the trail that is fit for your level.
Iceland being the home of the vikings is filled with tons of activities that pumps your adrenaline. From a thrilling cycling tour to challenging horseback riding adventures to exciting snowmobiling, Iceland has got it all. It is even more fun to bring your friends along and make memories that could last a lifetime.
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