Many think that Iceland is a very icy-cold place with frozen picturesque, which is partly true. However, this island in the North Atlantic has much more to offer. To start with, here are five reasons to visit Iceland.
Iceland is not only rich in natural wonders. He also has an interesting wealth of cultural heritage, which is especially evident in his sagas and folk tales about wizards, ghosts and mythical creatures such as dragons, elves, dwarfs, trolls and ogres. If you want to hear these stories or know more about these creatures, you should go to Lambi and Hafnarfjorour, where the elves would live or just ask one of the locals. You can also visit the Museum of Icelandic Wonders to take a look at the life of elves and trolls, or take a lesson at the Icelandic Elf School.
Iceland – The Land of Fire and Ice
Iceland is a country with contrasting landscapes, therefore it is called the land of fire and ice. Indeed, you will find many glaciers when you visit Iceland, especially in the western parts of the country, including the largest in Europe – the Vatnajokull, but at the same time, you will also find dozens of active volcanoes and extinct along with many lava fields, hot springs and geysers. Iceland has more hot springs than any other country on Earth, while the term geyser itself is derived from the Great Geysir of Iceland in Haukadalur.
Apart from that, Iceland also has many waterfalls, including Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe and the beautiful Black Falls. It also has many lakes, rivers, fjords, mountains and small islands, such as the Westman Islands, all of which are worth exploring. To discover Iceland’s best natural wonders, head to the Golden Circle, head into the Highlands or visit the country’s national parks – Snaefellsjokul, Vatnajokull and Thingvellir – and get ready to be impressed.
Winter is a supernatural season in Iceland when the mountains and plains are covered with fresh snow, the lakes and waterfalls freeze and the aurora borealis or aurora borealis organize a paradise spectacle, lighting up the sky in many regions of the country. This is especially true during the Christmas season when entire towns, cities and villages are lit up with sparkling nights and the thirteen Yule Lads are walking around to spread Christmas mischief and cheers. You can even visit the Yule Lads in their caves near Akureyri. Although many roads are closed, many activities are still available, particularly winter sports such as skiing, ice skating and bobsleigh. The largest ski resort in Iceland is Blafjoll, just a few minutes from the capital, Reykjavik.
Horse Tours and Other Exciting Outdoor Adventures
Iceland is also well known for its unique horse breed, which, though small, is known for being hardy and easy to ride, and the chance to ride one is one of the reasons why you should visit Iceland. Indeed, riding an Icelandic horse is a rare and amazing experience which you should try out and it is definitely a great way to explore Iceland’s beautiful natural landscapes, especially since Icelandic horses remain sure-footed on most terrains. For this reason, there are many horse tours available in Iceland, with varying itineraries and duration.
Aside from horseback riding, there are many other exciting outdoor activities for you to try when you visit Iceland, such as playing golf under the midnight sun, cycling around Reykjavik and hiking in the mountains and fjords. Water sports abound, as well, such as rafting, swimming, sea kayaking and sport fishing. One of the things you shouldn’t miss, though, is the wildlife encounters Iceland has to offer, like birdwatching in Latrabjarg and catching a glimpse of the minke, blue, humpback and killer whales off the coast of Husavik.
Icelanders are music lovers, so expect an interesting music scene when you visit Iceland. Here you can hear folk songs streaming from small villages and local pubs, echoing classical music in concert halls and theatres, rock music pulsating in different night clubs and many other types of music. Iceland even has its own metal scene, while jazz lovers like to hang out during the Reykjavik jazz festival. Of course, Bjork’s albums are also sold in almost all music stores, and if you’re lucky you can even watch one of his concerts.