Travelling to Iceland is more accessible than ever so I decided, on a whim, to go to Iceland and discover this legendary country with a hostile climate.
I didn’t know at the time that I was booking a plane ticket for a trip “that would forever change life as I knew it”. But why did I fall so violently in love with this country?
Here’s why I fell in love with Iceland.
10 Reasons To Explore Iceland
#1 The People
I get off the plane, I arrive at customs. Tsé the place where you meet an agent with a sullen look who scrutinizes intensely your passport photo not too flattering? Well, Icelanders are really part of a class of their own. A beautiful blond man smiling greets me and laughs at the fact that we have the same birthday. This is just one example, but I am prepared to say that I have never met any unpleasant Icelanders. On the Guide to Iceland website, you can even contact people living in Iceland to take advantage of “local” tips.
#2 The Foam
Yes I said the foam. No matter where you are, green, cozy and abundant moss will be part of the landscape. Get out of your car and have fun; that or a little blue carpet floor in a gymnasium is the same thing, as well take the opportunity to splurge.
Dare to be a tourist for a moment and go see the Strokkur Geyser: Iceland’s most active geyser. And I can confirm that he’s really active! It is possible to see an impressive jet up to 20 meters high springing every 5 to 10 minutes.
#4 The Road, The Road And The Road
I am used to driving on roads decorated with orange cones or potholes; With this in mind, Iceland is quite a change of scenery. So rent a car, take a walk, explore and explore Iceland on a road trip! The Icelandic roads are beautiful, it’s even hard not to stop every mile so the scenery is impressive!
Iceland is not perfect anyway; there are the F-roads. F roads are unpaved roads where you can find volcanic stones, rivers (yes, yes) and unstable soil overflowing with surprises (potentially unpleasant). It is forbidden to take these roads without 4X4 and, quite honestly, only the 4×4 very high on legs and well-heeled will be able to survive these hostile roads. On the other hand, you have to dare to take these roads since they often lead to breathtaking landscapes.
The passage on the F roads requires me to talk about solidarity between travellers. I’ve never felt safer than in this country. No matter what may happen, you can count on the other travellers.
A flat tire on an F road three hours’ drive from the nearest village? No problem, a tour guide and nearly a dozen drivers stop to make sure we are safe. A British couple’s car sinks into a ditch by the side of the road? Fifteen travellers from different backgrounds stop and are not afraid to get dirty to help them. And these are just a few examples!
#6 The Mountains
Perfect cone-shaped mountains, trays, sharp others like knives and some immaculate shades of color. The Icelandic mountains alone are a reason to explore this country as quickly as possible.
#7 The Northern Lights
If you travel to this Nordic country somewhere between autumn and spring, you will have the chance to observe it. Contrary to popular belief, in a country like this, the Northern Lights are even visible in the middle of the city! Why go to a club to attack your retina next to a strobe when you can sit outside quietly and observe one of the most beautiful wonders offered by Mother Nature? Here is an article on how to see an aurora borealis in Iceland so you don’t miss anything from this majestic spectacle.
There must be as many waterfalls as trees in Iceland!
No, but literally, there are falls everywhere! Some are huge, others are small, but they give an I-don’t-know-what to the Icelandic experience.
On the outskirts of Reykjavik or in the middle of I-don’t-know-where, you will have the chance to admire majestic wild horses. There is nothing more soothing than to surprise a horse galloping freely in the distance.
Yes, the 10th point and not the least. You may notice that in a single day it can be: sun, grey, rain, hail, sun, windy and grey, just grey, windy and sunny, sunny and rainy … Do you understand my point? The temperature is very changing and this has one particular advantage: see at least one rainbow per DAY. Maybe I’m too dreamy, but how similar is this country to Paradise (with a big P)?
Have you ever visited Iceland?