Iceland is, by no doubt, one of our most favorite destinations and for more reasons than we can count. Its unprecedented, untouched natural beauty makes it feel surreal. Social media has exploded the tourism industry in Iceland and it makes us happy that more and more people are having the opportunity to see the beauty of mother nature. If Iceland isn’t on your bucket list of destinations, here are 5 reasons it should be.
1. Iceland is nature on steroids
Everything you’ve seen in nature – mountains, waterfalls, rivers, caves – is 10x more grandiose in Iceland. Sometimes the beauty in Iceland leaves you in so much awe that you wonder if Mother Nature had decided to feed her babies steroids.
2. Take a dip in over 700 geothermal hot springs
Iceland can get cold – like very cold – and nothing is better than jumping in a hot springs to warm up your shivering body! Iceland is home to over 700 geothermal hot springs – some natural and some manmade. The most popular ones are Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Landmannalaugar, Seljavallalaug, Mývatn Nature Baths, and the infamous Blue Lagoon.
3. See The Northern Lights
The official Aurora season in Iceland is from October to March. However, Icelandic nature is highly unpredictable, so seeing the Northern Lights during even this time window is not guaranteed. Early peak of the Northern Lights can happen as early as August as it did in my friend’s case when she visited during that time. What a lucky son of a gun.
4. Explore breathtaking ice caves
Ice caves are formed from melting water. When ice melts water drains through the base of the glacier. These water drainages are so powerful that it erodes the ice and ice caves are formed. Due to the glaciers’ constant movement, these ice caves are not permanent and their solidness may vary greatly. You should only enter them with an experienced ice cave guide and extreme caution should be observed. The best time to see ice caves is during the wintertime in Iceland from November to March.
5. Swim in between continents
The Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park is the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. You can swim, dive, or snorkel between these two plates!