5 Reasons Why Iceland Should Be On Your Bucketlist

The land of fire and ice can be intimidating to some travellers – 5 Reasons Why Iceland Should Be On Your Bucketlist

The small, European island of Iceland is filled with volcanoes and snow, making it more of an adventurous journey than other popular vacation destinations. However, don’t let the country’s name fool you – the warm hospitality from Iceland’s natives, along with the inevitable exercise of trekking through the snow – is plenty to keep even the most domesticated South African warm.

If you’re attracted to the idea of breathtaking natural beauty and trying something off-the-beaten path (it won’t be, for long), here are 5 reasons to visit Iceland – even in the dead of winter!

1.  Aurora Borealis and the Midnight Sun

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Iceland is a land of extreme opposites.  Summer is almost 24 hours of light while winter is almost 24 hours of dark.  The dark months of the year are the best time to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights dancing across the sky.  Though hard to predict, they are a must-see on your winter trip to Iceland.  On the other hand, if you can’t visit during this time of year, you’re still in for a treat during the summer months with the Midnight Sun. The sun is only down a few short hours during the summer and hits the horizon for stunning sunsets around midnight near the time of the Summer Solstice.

2.  History 

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Iceland is full of rich history with many stories to tell. There are many popular sites to seek out as well as unpopular (but just as interesting and cool) to find throughout your time there. Iceland was first settled by monks and Viking colonies in the 8th century. From statues to Leaf Erickson to historical markets like Gasir, you’ll get a proper dosage of Icelandic history and culture during your time there. Read all about it right here!

3.   Icelandic Hot Springs and Geothermal Pools

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Iceland is a country of contrast, the air is cold while the earth in many areas is steaming. Icelanders certainly know how to make the best of this situation. They use their hot springs to make themselves warm and happy. Yes, happy – people of Iceland are among the happiest in the world.  Soaking in warm waters, while surrounded by nature, is one of the most popular activities among Icelandic families and believed to be connected to their mental health. As a visitor, do not miss an opportunity to visit at least one of Iceland’s hot springs.

4.  The Volcanoes

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One of the main reasons people visit this dramatic landscape is to witness one of more than 15 volcanos across the Icelandic landscape, with all of them offering varying looks and scales. Many are open to hikes whilst others are noted as too hazardous to get close to.

5.  The Icelandic Glaciers 

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Just when you didn’t think Iceland could offer anything more, you find yourself immersed in its stunning glaciers. Known as the ‘land of Ice & Fire’ because of the number of glaciers and volcanos within the country, Iceland does offer it all. With over 10 different glaciers to visit, you’ll find it hard to narrow it down to the one or two.

Bonus Reasons : 

The food and hospitality in Iceland may be very surprising to some people. While many Icelandic Chefs specialize in traditional Icelandic- Viking Cuisine, you should not miss an opportunity to bake a traditional sweet bread inside the country’s heated geothermal sand! 5 Reasons Why Iceland Should Be On Your Bucketlist

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Monique Webster
Monique Webster

Travel Editor

Monique Webster is a 20 year old travel enthusiast. She is currently studying BIS Publishing at the University of Pretoria. She has a passion for watching Foreign films on Netflix and occasionally giving in to making Tik Tok's, when she isn't living out her dreams on social media she loves to be with her friends and family.  Her talents include writing, making jokes and she can change a watch battery under 5 minutes.  In all honesty she would advise every young person to take a journey abroad even if it is just once, because exposing yourself to new people and places ,truly teaches you how resilient and strong you can be.

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