Iceland really does have it all! Great food, the purest water, incredible natural beauty and not forgetting those pesky volcanos!
It really is a unique place, not quite in Europe and not quite in North America. Over the last couple of year’s the country has placed itself as a stopover destination on the way to the U.S or Canada. This has proved hugely successful and now more airlines from the UK are flying direct to Reykjavik. I flew from London Heathrow to Reykjavik with Iceland Air, the national carrier of the country.
To say somewhere is my favourite country comes with the million dollar question…WHY?
Why is Iceland my favourite country?
Out of all the crazy mad places I’ve visited in the world, I found there was something special about Iceland, you can’t help but love it!
Although it’s only a relatively short flight from the UK, Iceland could be a million miles away. With only 350,000 residents you can easily find peace and tranquility, even in the capital city Reykjavik.
I also found it quite amusing that the Icelandic folk spoke better English than some native English people back home!
Where should you visit?
As Iceland is known as the land of Ice and Fire, it’s surprise that it’s still growing due to the volcanoes, there’s never a dull day in the country.
There’s many well-established tourist sites to explore including the following;
In my opinion this is the most beautiful waterfall I saw in Iceland. The best thing is you can walk directly underneath and behind it, meaning you get some incredible photos especially if the sun is right.
- Blue Lagoon
You can easily land at the main airport of Keflavik and take a bus or organised tour to visit the Blue Lagoon, it’s usually the first or last stop of a trip to Iceland.
Although expensive, it’s nice to spend the day or night just bobbing around in the light blue creamy water.
Reykjavik is an incredibly clean, easy to get around capital city. This is where the majority of Iceland live and it’s not difficult to see why people would want to live here. A real cafe-culture thrives in this city, although for most of the year the temperature is sub-zero people easily get around and get on with their daily lives.
- Vatnajökull National Park
Probably the most visited place in the park is Jökulsárlón, made famous by being used as a film set for James Bond in Die Another Day. If you visit in the Summer you’ll often see large chunks of the glacier floating, enabling you to get out on to the water by boat and even try some of the glacial ice.
- Golden Circle
The Golden Circle features Gulfoss, Þingvellir National Park and Haukadalur. Incredibly beautiful and well-worth visiting on a day trip from Reykjavik.
Create the best memories
I visited during the summer months, but Iceland can be enjoyed year-round. In winter it is especially unique with the opportunity to see the Northern Lights.
For me one of the best memories was waking up at the Blue Lagoon hotel, drawing back the curtains and seeing a completely alien-like landscape. It was a traveller’s paradise, a bit like being on the moon (I presume!).
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