Why I Want to Visit Iceland

Earlier this month I wrote a post on my must visits in the UK for 2016 and have crossed one of them off already. Writing them down seems to put them at the forefront of my mind, so I have decided to do a series of posts on where I want to visit abroad and at the very top of that list is Iceland.

I never did get to university but if I had I would have studied Geology and where better to indulge in my inner geek than Iceland as the country lies on the divergent boundary between the Eurasian plate and the North American plate.  It is also one of the most active volcanic regions on Earth, where almost all types of volcanic and geothermal activity can be found thanks to the Iceland plume hotspot and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge which is visible on land.

Mid-Atlantic Ridge

I would love to visit Iceland’s Volcanoes up close and see some of the beautiful landscapes that they have forged which include rift valleys, geysers, hot springs, rhyolite mountains, columnar basalt formations, lava fields and lunar-like craters. There is even an opportunity to go inside Thrihnukagigur which has been dormant for the last 4000 years where they literally lower you down to the bottom on an open elevator.

Iceland Geyser

My other must-see is the Northern Lights in Iceland and the country is lucky enough to have them visible for 8 months of the year. They can be seen as early as August, as soon as the night skies get dark enough and weather conditions are favourable and as late as April from any corner of Iceland. I would love to see them concurrently with a sunrise or sunset as I have been told it is one of the most spectacular sights you’ll ever see in your life.

Northern Lights

No visit to Iceland would be complete without a visit to its capital Reykjavík, home to over half the country’s population. Reykjavík is home to stylish bars, restaurants and shops, and the nightlife is every bit as wild as its landscape and during the light summer nights, the city barely sleeps.

Reykjavík

Reykjavík also makes a good base for visiting Geysir, the original geyser, the ancient parliament site of Þingvellir, spectacular waterfalls at Gullfoss and the famous and sublime Blue Lagoon.

Gullfoss

Iceland is also one of the best places in the world for Whale watching, another thing on my travel wishlist and to the North of Iceland, Húsavík is one of the best places in the country to organise a summer whale-watching cruise. There are more than 20 different species of cetacean that frequent the waters and the species seen most regularly on whale watching tours include minke, fin, blue, humpback, sperm and killer whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises.

Whale watching

Hubby is a bit of an adrenalin junkie and has his sights set on a 90m zip line over the Reykjafoss waterfall in Hveragerdi so the trade-off for me would be a visit to the Blue Lagoon to bathe in the unique water and apply the silica mud to our skin which apparently would be brilliant at helping my psoriasis.

2016 has to be the year we at least book this trip – I am excited just looking at all the photo’s.

Photo Credit:  Shutterstock.com

 

21 thoughts on “Why I Want to Visit Iceland

  1. Globalmouse says:

    I would love to see the Northern Lights. I love Iceland, one of my favourite countries…I hope you make it there!
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  2. Laura says:

    The Aurora Borealis is on my ‘must-see’ list too. It always looks so spectacular in photos. I hadn’t realised Iceland can offer so much to do, I might have to put it down on my travel wish-list now.
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  3. Ohh yes, I am desperate to see the Northern lights. Mich x
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  4. Jen says:

    We would love to see the northern lights. We have been Whale watching but in South Africa and it was breathtaking

  5. Kizzy says:

    Already on my bucket list of places to visit too.
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  6. It looks like such a beautiful place to visit – it’s definitely on my must visit list x x
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  7. Aly says:

    Annie from Fable+Folk convinced me how beautiful Iceland is when she visited last year.Absolutely stunning landscapes and truly amazing wild places to visit.

  8. Ness says:

    The one thing I have always wanted to see is the Northern Lights. I didn’t realise they were visible for so much of the year.
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  9. Ickle Pickle says:

    I would so love to see the Northern Lights, it must be incredible. I would love to visit Iceland too. Kaz x
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  10. Leandra says:

    Iceland is definitely on my places to go list. This has convinced me even more!

  11. Isn’t it gorgeous imagine the photoshoots you could have there and shutterstock has a great library of photos. I would like to visit Iceland.

  12. Eve says:

    I’d LOVE to visit here. It looks absolutely amazing! I think the views are so underrated and no one ever thinks of Iceland as a holiday destination

  13. Fi Ní Neachtáin says:

    Iceland is one of my ‘must see’ places to visit, it looks absolutely beautiful. I’d love to lie under the stars and see the Northern Lights for myself, it would be amazing!

  14. Erica Price says:

    Oh yes me too. It looks like a fascinating and amazing place to visit doesn’t it?
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  15. Rachel says:

    You have listed all the exact reasons that I also want to visit Iceland, it has been on my list for years and years x
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  16. Iceland is so magical. We went there quite a few years ago and had a great time on a snowmobile safari (I did fall off!), visiting the geysers and of course the brilliant blue lagoon. Had some amazing food too. Have a great time when you get there! xxx
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  17. Yes, Iceland is on my bucket list too! I hope you get there!
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  18. There's always time for tea says:

    Aw wow that looks amazing! I hope you do manage to book it! xx
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  19. Aw take me there now, Iceland is also on my travel list. I strongly believe in write things down to make them happen and this has reminded me of a post I need to write about making a treasure map . . . thanks for the memory nudge! 😉
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