While there are many reasons to visit Iceland here are my 5 reasons you should visit Iceland. The stunning and unique land of awe lying on the constantly active geologic border between North America and Europe, Iceland is a land of vivid contrasts of climate, geography, and culture. Sparkling glaciers, such as Vatna Glacier (Vatnajökull), lie across its ruggedly beautiful mountain ranges.
Yet, People often think less of the country for vacation maybe because they think it’s far. But Iceland really isn’t that far – It’s just about 5-hour direct flight from Boston, Washington, DC and New York.
Scattered in the vast island are plenty of charming small towns and villages that are often off the beaten path these little gems are worth the visit for those who want a deeper connection of the country. Iceland is very beautiful, everywhere you turn there is a spectacular views.
Nestled in the north of the country is a picturesque village known as Siglufjordur. The village sits on a fishing harbor surrounded by snow capped mountains. If you’re staying in Akureyri make a day trip to visit this adorable little town.
Why visit Iceland?
1. Endless waterfalls
Iceland waterfalls are perhaps the country’s most recognizable series of attractions. They’re everywhere some are enormous and powerful, other’s smaller but they’re all still magnificent. When you are driving in the Icelandic countryside there seems to be endless waterfalls streaming off the side of cliffs and you never know when a hike will lead you to a beautiful waterfall. If your planning a visit to Iceland I recommend chasing waterfalls to start off your adventures.
Fjaorargljufur canyon is one of those places in Iceland you don’t find in a brochure or see many photos of but that’s one of the reasons is all that much more spectacular. It’s easy to get here as it’s not far from the main ring road. Once you arrive you can park and walk along the canyon all the way to the top. I recommend hiking towards the end of the waterfall to enjoy the breathtaking views of the canyon.
2. The Blue Lagoon
A dreamy bucket list experience for most of us and the most popular tourist destination in Iceland. The blue lagoon is a naturally heated water pool in shades of blue set in a lava field capes. You’ll find that most people visit the Blue Lagoon either once they arrive in Iceland or on their way home. It’s just 30 minutes from Reykjavik and only 15 minutes from Keflavik International Airport.
To enjoy a memorable and magical experience try to book your visit in the evening to watch the sunset and enjoy a relaxing time without the crowds.
3. Northern Lights
Iceland is one of the best places in the world to experience the northern lights wonder. The mystical green lights are often seen dancing in the sky on a cold, clear winter night. People often thought of Aurora borealis as magic and it really kind of is. The best time to view the natural sensation is in September and October or March and April, when it most often occurs.
If you’re chasing the Northern Lights in Iceland I recommend downloading an app like Aurora so you have a better chance of light sightings.
4. Dramatic Landscapes
Iceland landscapes are incredibly diverse and out of this world. Drive around the island for a stunning display of nature’s beauty and you’ll see why. Everywhere you turn there are glaciers, waterfalls, lava fields, rainbows, streams and mountain ranges.
Reynisfjara Beach is the most famous black sanded beach in Iceland. This is a place of wild and dramatic beauty. At any time of year and in any light this is a place that should be on your list of stops. It is located near the town of Vik which is Iceland’s southernmost town and about 110 miles (180 km) from the capital of Reykjavik.
5. Icelandic Horses
All around the country in nearly every field you pass by there seems to be Icelandic horses roaming freely. These majestic creatures are very small and an old breed, they haven’t changed much since the Vikings brought them over in the 9th century.They are a huge part of life and history of the people of Iceland and some of the friendliest horses you’ll ever meet.
As horses wander free you’re never guaranteed a sighting so either organize a tour or drive around the wide open spaces and vast landscapes, pull over and jump out when you see them.