As I mentioned in my post from before, Iceland is a wonderful place to visit and I’m so glad that I forked up the money to go this summer. Wondering if it’s worth a trip? Let me convince you…
It’s natural beauty is unparalleled
I feel lucky that I’ve been able to travel a lot, but Iceland really is gorgeous. There are stunning views everywhere you look that sometimes I felt like I was on a different planet. Seriously.
To hang out with animals
There are horses that just hang out on the side of the road, and you can go up and pet them! Tell me that is not awesome…
You can go inside a volcano!
Full disclosure: this experience is very expensive. Lisa and I debated if we really wanted to spend so much money. It was worth it– it’s (apparently) the only dormant volcano in the world you can go into, and it was truly a once in a lifetime experience. More information can be found here.
The scuba diving is unreal
I got my scuba diving license in Thailand, and was excited when I was reading about Iceland, I knew I wanted to scuba dive here. Although it’s really cold (and yes, I mean really cold…), it’s the ONLY place in the world where you can scuba dive between two plates (there’s a crack between the Eurasian and North American plate). This was so cool, and so much fun to tell my geography students this year.
Reykjavik is one of the quirkiest cities in Europe
There’s a lot to do in the smallest capital in Europe, and I love the quirkyness and individuality that the country offers. I haven’t found a place like it yet!
The hiking is fun and fits all ability levels
I like hiking, but I will be honest; the idea of hiking a terribly hard path for 12 hours doesn’t sound fun to me. I love that in Iceland, there is everything from a week long hike to a two hour hike.
Everyone speaks English
Don’t get me wrong, it can definitely be fun to travel to a place where not much English is spoken (I felt like this in Beijing!) However, I think we can all agree that there are some added benefits to traveling to a place where most of the language is spoken in your mother tongue. I don’t think I met a single person that didn’t speak English!
It’s a fun place to road trip
I already outlined our road trip here, but it was so much fun, and an awesome way to see a lot of Iceland “off the beaten path”.
There are no other places with so many geographic wonders in one spot
Glaciers. Volcanoes. Mountains. Flat land. There is so much geography here, you will feel like you aren’t even on Earth!
Tourism is at the perfect point right now, but it won’t be like this forever
In my completely unprofessional opinion, tourism is at a perfect point in Iceland right now. There’s a good amount of infrastructure to support traveling, but also to preserve the natural beauty. However, Iceland is getting more and more popular, so I think, unfortunately, it won’t stay as preserved 🙁 So go now, my friends! And stay at places that promote eco-tourism!
Have you visited Iceland? If so, what were your favorite things about this awesome country?