When people think of vacations, they normally think of places that are warm or tropical. Me on the other hand? I think of much colder places. Places like Iceland! I have always preferred much colder places, so of course, Iceland would be on my bucket list of places to either visit or vacation in.
Here are 7 reasons why I’d love to visit:
Waterfalls… Waterfalls Everywhere
I have always been a lover of waterfalls. No matter how big or small they are there is just something fascinating about them to me. Not only are they relaxing to listen to but they are very beautiful to watch. Just seeing the water glisten in the sunlight is enough to make me want to visit.
Iceland has several beautiful waterfalls I’d love to see in person. The one that I’d love to visit the most is the Skógafoss Waterfall which is located in southern Iceland. It’s 197 feet high and 82 feet wide. Plus, I love that I’d be able to just walk right up to it if I wanted and could even get drenched too. You can also visit this waterfall any time of the year but it’s suggested to be extra careful in winter.
Iceland has many waterfalls, so if you plan to go, check out all of them to see which one in particular you’d want to visit the most.
The Northern Lights
I’ve never actually seen the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, myself but would love the opportunity to do so. In Iceland, you have a pretty good view of them. The best times to view them are during September and October or March and April. I think this experience needs to be on everyone’s bucket list. The pictures I see are always so breathtaking and I cannot imagine how life changing it will be to hopefully see them one day in person.
When you think of Iceland, beaches wouldn’t come to mind. However, they do have some pretty ones. One in particular I’d love to visit would be Longufjorur Beach. It’s a light sandy beach where you have the opportunity to horse ride with a guide. For me, I’d personally just love to plop my bottom on the beach and just enjoy the views. I’m content with just sitting there listening to the waves, taking in the sea air and thinking about life. This beach would be perfect for that.
I’d love to take a road trip in Iceland! From the exquisitely beautiful scenery to the quiet well maintained roads, this is definitely road trip territory. Even though the speed is a 55/mph on the highway, there is plenty of opportunity to gawk at all the scenery.
One thing I love about traveling is the road trips. The getting there and back again. It’s a bonus to me if you have beautiful landscape and scenery to look at while driving around.
Christmas is a bit different in Iceland than here in the United States. For instance, Iceland’s Christmas lasts for 26 days (from December 11th to January 6th). They have 13 different Santa Clauses. It’s almost guaranteed that you will experience a White Christmas while there. Icelandic Christmas food is delicious. There are also Christmas lights EVERYWHERE! This would be something of interest to experience considering Christmas is my second favorite time of year.
Volcano… Going Down!
Volcano’s in Iceland? Say what? Yes, it’s true. What’s even cooler is you can actually go down into one called the Thrihnukagigur volcano. No, you don’t have to fear of getting killed via lava. This volcano in particular is dormant and has been for thousands of years. Your experience down in the volcano will last about 5 to 6 hours but you will learn so much. Click to learn more about going on one of these awesome tours.
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa with seawater from underneath the earth’s surface. It consists of minerals, silica and algae. It’s the most popular destination in Iceland where nearly everyone who visits stops in at least once. The water temperature in the lagoon area averages 99–102 °F. The Blue Lagoon also operates a research and development facility to help find cures for other skin ailments using the mineral-rich water. Iceland has a strict code of hygiene and guests are required to shower prior to enjoying the geothermal spa. The communal showers are split up by gender. Children ages 8 and under are allowed in the lagoon, but must wear arm floaties. Children 2 and under are not permitted which is understandable due to the water temperature.
Well, there you have it. My 7 reasons why I’d personally love to visit Iceland. I think if I ever do have the chance to visit, the Blue Lagoon would be the first thing I’d go and do. As a busy mom of 2 who deals with stress on a daily basis, I need that spa experience. While there are many other reasons I’d love to, I hope this gives you some sort of insight as to why you personally should. Thanks for reading!
*Images provided by Iceland Tourism