10 Reasons to Visit Iceland

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why to visit Iceland

Dettifoss. Serenity in The Fairy Tale of Iceland.

Iceland is a fairly undiscovered European country, making it an attractive destination for travelers seeking a peaceful holiday to decompress and reflect. With a population slightly over 300,000 people, the natural beauty on this remote island provides a plethora of experiences minus the tourist pandemonium. 

Rent a car and tour the fairly comprehensive Ring Road. Don’t be afraid to veer off into no man’s land. The feeling of being alone with the country’s untouched beauty will surpass the fear of the unknown. Take a leap of faith or let the Traveller In Chief guide your trip. 

1. Northern Lights

The vivid shades of green and purple filling the night sky is other worldly. 

Aurora Borealis near Patreksfjordur, Iceland

2. Waterfalls

It’s impossible to visit Iceland without seeing the fairy tale waterfalls of Skogafoss, Gullfoss, or Seljalandfoss. 

Gullfoss. Serenity in The Fairy Tale of Iceland

3. Geothermal Pools. 

Treat yourself to the unique Blue Lagoon and Myvatn Nature Baths, or step outside your comfort zone to a private pool tucked away in nature.

Myvatn Nature Baths

4. Geysers 

Wait for the show every 15 minutes and your patience will be rewarded when this natural phenomenon blows water 70 meters into the atmosphere.

Geysir off the Golden Circle

5. Fjords 

The drive is not for the faint at heartspend a few days winding the narrow, unguarded cliffs that provide majestic views.

West Fjords of Iceland

6. Mountains 

Iceland range comes in all shapes and sizes. Be prepared to drive through clouds, snow storms, and an unforgiving terrain. 

Exploring the region near Kirkjufellsfoss

7. Glaciers 

Strap on your climbing gear in the Icelandic Highlands and trek over one of nature’s most impressively unique formations.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

8. Relics 

Ships, homes, planesprepare to be surprised in this photographer’s playground, including the U.S. Navy Douglas Super DC-3 plane. 45 years and still standing strong. 

An abandoned plane near Solheimasandur, Iceland

9. Volcanoes 

 Iceland’s mid-Atlantic location makes the island highly volcanic. Both active and inactive, the experience is guaranteed to be unique.

An active volcanic region near Myvatn, Iceland

10. Hobbit Homes 

Keep your eyes open for the turf covered mini cottages that will provoke the charm of The Lord of The Rings.

Turf homes near Skagafjordur, Iceland

*Images from: Marcus Conigliaro

The blog has been contributed by an ardent traveler and a blogger - Marcus Conigliaro. Follow him on instagram  @travellerinchief to explore the world with him.