Iceland, despite what the name suggests is not a land covered by ice, in fact, Iceland is one of the greenest countries on planet Earth. Visiting Iceland you should except lush vegetation, lava deserts, glaciers, and a dramatic and diverse landscape like nowhere else on the planet. So let’s see some places to visit, traveling tips and facts about this wonderful country.
Blue Lagoon – Enjoy a natural spa
One of the most known places to visit in Iceland is the Blue Lagoon. It is a geothermal spa that its water is rich in minerals and good bacteria, providing a natural feeling treatment. The landscape surrounding the natural spa is mainly lava fields as the lagoon is placed on a volcanic peninsula. Make sure you plan your visit early on, as booking is almost impossible if you are visiting the Lagoon on short notice.
Amazing Traditional Delicacies
Graflax, salmon marinated in salt and dill, is a famous traditional dish. For those looking extreme experiences, you can also try Hakarl, which is putrefied shark meat, and Brennivin, a traditional liquor from fermented potato mash with caraway seed flavor.
In the northern small town of Husavik you can book a tour with a boat to top destination for whale watching. You can also book tour from Reykjavik and Akureyri but Husavik is mostly preferred by tourists as most tours also visit puffins’ nesting grounds too.
Don’t forget less known attractions too.
Natural wonders like Geysir, a thermal hotspot with mineral-rich mud formations, Gullfoss a double-tiered waterfall, and Thingvellir National Park are also worth a visit and you should plan accordingly as many tourists skip them.
Hornstrandir Nature Reserve.
Hornstrandir is a well-preserved nature reverse due to its remote location. Due to this isolation, it’s only reachable by ferries from Strandir and prevents human residents for centuries, in fact, it’s well known as the least populated part of the country. If you enjoy nature and wildlife then a trip to Hornstrandir should be added in your trip asap.
Best time to Visit?
Well, you finally made up your mind and got a budget for your trip but still not sure about the best time to book your tickets? The most recommended time is from May to September. In fact, during winters months you would face not only much lower temperature but you would have to get accustomed for neverending nights.
Where tectonic plates meet.
Þingvallavatn lake and the surrounding regions are one of the two places in the entire planet where two tectonic plates meet each other above the surface of the earth. If you are adventurous enough, you can even go snorkeling in the lake too.
Land of volcanoes.
You can find more than 100 volcanoes in Iceland and a handful of them is still active or excepted to become active in the near future. In fact, a large portion of Iceland is covered in lava fields which is the result of volcanic eruption that Iceland experience quite often, even more than one eruption per year.
A unique preserved language.
Unlike many languages that have been changed throughout the centuries, the Icelandic language, a mix of Danish and Norwegian, still remains close to its roots and totally unique.
A Huge country with one of the smallest populations.
Iceland has a population of around 300.000 citizens, most of them concentrated in the capital which results in a vast rural country and a really big yet small town. The whole population of the country is so small that in many other countries you’ll find such population on smaller cities of the country.