Most people’s first impression of Iceland is one of land that is perpetually blanketed in snow and ice where temperatures rarely get above freezing. Even though this is partially true, it gives an inaccurate picture of the great gems Iceland offers.
The magnificent and mysterious world of lava rocks and black beaches, mountains that are larger than life and spectacular waterfalls are just some of the features that make up the varied scenery.
Indeed, the country’s natural beauty has made it a popular destination for tourists from throughout the world and a go-to site for filming grandiose scenes in Hollywood. What makes this island nation in the Nordic region so special? Here is why Iceland should be on your summer bucket list.
Numerous hot springs, which also serve as geothermal spas, have sprung up over the island due to a combination of geothermal activities that include ice and fire. These springs can be used any time of year, regardless of the weather or temperature. The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa is the most famous one in Iceland and possible in the world. Known for its unique color, the Blue Lagoon’s water is a constant 37–39°C throughout the year and is rich in minerals like Silica and in microalgae, making it ideal for a healing and rejuvenating soak.
Incredible Scenery and Trails
Iceland is famed for its breathtaking landscapes, unspoiled nature and excellent hiking, riding and cycling trails for those who want to explore the country. To truly appreciate the island’s terrain’s diversity, you’ll have to narrow your options among the many summits, peaks and trails to choose from. Here it is not uncommon to come across waterfalls regularly. The mountainous topography and diversity of peaks and slopes make finding a waterfall easy in this nation. Water cascading down over lava rocks in a stunning display of Iceland’s natural beauty with flora provides an excellent backdrop.
Volcanoes, Glaciers and Geysers
Many people are only familiar with the “ice” element of Iceland’s reputation, even though the country is also renowned as the “land of fire.” When it comes to the Earth’s interior, the tectonic plates shift and spread, volcanoes erupt, and glaciers melt and calve on this island nation. A few volcanoes are still considered active, and one has erupted very recently.
Glaciers, which may be found throughout the country, present a second enchanted phenomenon that awaits your discovery. Glaciers are responsible for many of Iceland’s most breathtaking tourist attractions. An excellent way to see glaciers in their natural context is by cruise.
Only a few nations can claim to have truly unique black pebble beaches, and Iceland is one of them. Reynisfjara is the best-known of these. The beach is not only surrounded by black basalt cliffs, but it is also home to some of the most impressive and gigantic rock formations you’ll ever see. Additionally, Breiamerkursandur, or “Diamond beach,” and Djpalónssandur are two other black beaches that are worth seeing.
The Icelandic kitchen offers a modern touch on the country’s ancestral culinary traditions as a modern interpretation of Iceland’s culinary heritage. People on this volcanic island relied heavily on fishing, farming and foraging. This resulted in unique and straightforward preparation of the few ingredients they could muster. On the other hand, recent advancements in agriculture and technology have produced an intriguing new delicacy that you really must try.
With so many options, you’re sure to find something that suits your taste buds. However, you’ll still be able to recognize typical Icelandic dishes like salted crab, fish, lamb, and, shockingly, hot dogs.
It’s possible that when you think of Iceland, the first thing that comes to mind isn’t the country’s wildlife. Nevertheless, Iceland’s wildlife has managed to flourish despite the occasionally harsh settings where glaciers and volcanoes rule supreme.
Visit the Land of Fire and Ice if you want the opportunity to view animals that live on land, in the sea and in the air. You can go whale watching, horseback riding in Iceland, and puffin watching, among other things, while you’re here.
Now that you know what awaits you, would you put Iceland on your bucket list? There are more hidden gems awaiting your exploration. Book that ticket and head to Iceland for a magical experience you will never forget.