Do you have any top destinations that are on your must-see list during your lifetime? I do! I’ve been interested in visiting Iceland, since I first started reading about this destination a couple of years ago. I’ve seen so many gorgeous photos and heard about a variety amazing attractions and activities. I have to get there! Keep reading to better understand why Iceland is at the top of my bucket list – and maybe, you too, will find yourself wanting to visit.
There’s a Lot of Hot Springs to Swim In
Iceland is full of natural hot springs that are perfect for bathing in. The most famous is Blue Lagoon. Visiting here is arguably one of the most famous things to do while in Iceland. If you’re looking for a spot that is less crowded, there are many other hot springs spread throughout Iceland. Spending time enjoying hot springs is said to be not only relaxing, but also good for you! The hot springs can help to improve skin, can offer muscle pain relief, and can increase blood flow. Healthy, relaxing, and fun — Sign me up!
Whale Watching Is an Amazing Sight in Iceland
Many people who choose to visit Iceland enjoy whale watching. In the summer months, there’s a lot of marine life near the shores! It’s quite common to see Humpbacks, Orca, and Blue Whales while here. You can get some amazing and unique photographs of the gorgeous whales in addition to a breathtaking backdrop. I think this would make for such a memorable experience.
Iceland Offers a Stunning View of the Northern Lights
Another reason Iceland is on my must-see list is the fact that it offers an amazing view of the Northern Lights. The amazing natural display of lights known as the Aurora Borealis, can be viewed in Iceland from August until April. Seeing this beauty during a planned visit to Iceland depends on visibility and weather. I’ve seen so many amazing photos – but I really want to see this in person! I have yet to experience the Northern Lights – so it would be extra awesome to see them here.
It’s Possible to Dive and Snorkel Between Continents
WHAT?! I know — how cool!! While visiting Iceland, you can dive and snorkel in the crack between two continents. Located in the Thingvellir National Park in Iceland, the Silfra fissure is a crack between the North American and Eurasian continents. Everyday, divers come here to dive between the crack. If you’re planning a visit, you can go with a tour team to check it out for yourself. The park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Silfra is located about an hour drive from Reykjavik.
It’s Possible to Explore the Inside of a Glacier
Another amazing opportunity to take advantage of is the chance to go inside of a glacier. If exploring an ice cave is on your bucket list – this is the place to do it. There are several tour companies available that you can hire to guide you throughout the glacier as well as go on glacier walks in Iceland. Once inside an ice cave, you can enjoy the amazing colors and beauty.
I want to Try Icelandic Food
I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things about travel is the opportunity to try local foods. There are a few foods that are very well-know in Iceland. Some of it sounds delicious and normal while other items sound a bit odd! There’s smoked lamb, salted fish, and then the ever-popular Icelandic hot dogs, which also includes lamb meat and is covered in toppings. If you’re feeling more adventurous, there’s fermented shark and ram’s testicles. I KNOW – I warned you earlier! 🙂
There’s Plenty of Daylight to Explore in the Summer Months
During certain times of the year, there’s a lot of daylight! This may take some adjusting to – but it offers a lot more chances to see and explore more while visiting. Also referred to as “Midnight Sun” this occurs between the months of May and August. On June 21st, during the summer solstice, the sun is visible for 21 hours out of the day in the capital city of Reykjavík. If you’re planning to visit during the summertime, you can go out and explore all evening long!
There’s a Lot of Volcanoes
Iceland has over 100 volcanoes – some active, while others are inactive. As you can imagine, this makes for some interesting and gorgeous terrain. I think it would be so cool to see this in person. There are several guided hiking tours available, so you can see some of the most popular volcanoes and the areas surrounding them.
As you can see, Iceland truly is a magical place. If this destination isn’t on your list – consider adding it to your own bucket list soon! I’m already planning out my own trip – I just need to buy the ticket! 🙂