Why is Iceland my favourite country in the world?

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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.

The national airline of Iceland, providing the most connections to Reykjavik and beyond.

The national airline of Iceland, providing the most connections to Reykjavik and beyond.

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!

When I visited, a few of the landscapes felt like I'd just landed on Mars ... surreal!

When I visited, a few of the landscapes felt like I’d just landed on Mars … surreal!

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;

  • Seljalandsfoss

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.

Seljalandsfoss, the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland.

Seljalandsfoss, the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland.

If you visit just before sunset you'll get incredible views, even walking underneath the fall itself.

If you visit just before sunset you’ll get incredible views, even walking underneath the fall itself.

Seljalandsfoss water in Iceland.

Seljalandsfoss water in Iceland.

  • 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.

The Blue Lagoon is a beautiful, peaceful place to visit in Iceland and I highly recommend making it part of your trip.

The Blue Lagoon is a beautiful, peaceful place to visit in Iceland and I highly recommend making it part of your trip.

Even in the Summer the sunrises and sunsets are incredibly beautiful.

Even in the Summer the sunrises and sunsets are incredibly beautiful.

Had to take a photo in the actual lagoon ... it's standard procedure - naturally.

Had to take a photo in the actual lagoon … it’s standard procedure – naturally.

The main lagoon which gets incredibly busy, so beware it won't always be as empty as in this photo.

The main lagoon which gets incredibly busy, so beware it won’t always be as empty as in this photo.

  • Reykjavik

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.

The beautiful Government building in the heart of Reykjavik.

The beautiful Government building in the heart of Reykjavik.

The only train in Iceland, although it hasn't and won't be moving for a very long time (it's no longer used).

The only train in Iceland, although it hasn’t and won’t be moving for a very long time (it’s no longer used).

One of the main streets in Reykjavik, on a beautiful sunny day you can always see the water from wherever you are.

One of the main streets in Reykjavik, on a beautiful sunny day you can always see the water from wherever you are.

The largest church in Iceland, Hallgrímskirkja is the centre of Reykjavik. You can walk up to the top with amazing views like...

The largest church in Iceland, Hallgrímskirkja is the centre of Reykjavik. You can walk up to the top with amazing views like…

...this view! Incredible panorama of Reykjavik on a beautiful Summer's day.

…this view! Incredible panorama of Reykjavik on a beautiful Summer’s day.

  • 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.

Jökulsárlón looks amazing in winter or summer!

Jökulsárlón looks amazing in winter or summer!

Jökulsárlón

Jökulsárlón

These two got stuck on a piece of ice, probably not wise!

These two got stuck on a piece of ice, probably not wise!

Incredible colours from the ancient glacier make Jökulsárlón a must when visiting Iceland.

Incredible colours from the ancient glacier make Jökulsárlón a must when visiting Iceland.

Jökulsárlón

Jökulsárlón

Jökulsárlón

Jökulsárlón

  • Golden Circle

The Golden Circle features Gulfoss, Þingvellir National Park and Haukadalur. Incredibly beautiful and well-worth visiting on a day trip from Reykjavik.

Natural beauty in its purest form at Þingvellir National Park

Natural beauty in its purest form at Þingvellir National Park

Gulfoss waterfall, luckily I caught a rainbow just at the right time.

Gulfoss waterfall, luckily I caught a rainbow just at the right time.

Seeing the geysers makes for a fascinating excursion from Reykjavik.

Seeing the geysers makes for a fascinating excursion from Reykjavik.

Geysers in Iceland

Geysers in Iceland

Iceland has many beautiful sites, especially in the sun.

Iceland has many beautiful sites, especially in the sun.

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!).

Further Information

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