Guaranteed, Iceland will take your breath away – and not just because it’s cold (note: freezing), but because it’s holy freakin’ incredible.
Busting with cosmopolitan vibes to make any capital city jealous, it’s safe to say we’re in lurrrrvee. Step off the plane and instantly fall head over heels for the fresh nordic air (so good – you’ll want to bottle it) and Icelandic hospitality.
From natural wonders to the uber-cool Reykjavik, if you do one thing today, make sure it involves booking a trip to Iceland. Like, now.
Read on for 13 reasons to make you wanderlust.
1. You can see THIS
Do these even need explaining? I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E! While there is no guarantee you will see any activity in the sky, the chase is half the fun. TOP TIP: Download one of the many Northern Lights photography apps to help capture that geomagnetic activity dancing in the sky.
2. You can transport yourself to the future
Impressively whimsical, this spaceship-like structure sure is a step into the future. Like most Nordic countries, the Icelander’s have a taste for quirky design. Impossible to miss, the Hallgrímskirkja church is perched atop the city centre and can be spotted from miles away. While you’re there, head to the top of the spire for a view to satisfy your eyeballs.
3. You can hot dog-until-you-drop
Keep reading before passing hot dog judgement. Please. Forget about the local delicacies of fermented shark, whale or puffin, it’s all what comes out of the local joint known as Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur. Located on the edge of the Reykjavik harbour, when we say it’s ‘not-to-be-missed’, we mean it. Word on the street states that over 70% of the country’s population have eaten from this harbour-side stand.
4. You can see the weird (and wonderful?) at the Penis Museum
Officially titled the Icelandic Phallological Museum, need we say more?
5. You can get the magic vibes
Magic how, you say? Elves. Yes– the magical kind. An essential part of Icelandic folklore, listen closely as the locals speak on the ‘Hidden People’ with stories handed down over generations. If anything, we’re holding the elves responsible as the reason to make Iceland sparkle – maybe that’s why we’re all head-over-heels obsessed?
6. You’ll be mesmerised by this
Hands down, one of Iceland’s most iconic attractions, Geysir (translating to ‘gusher’) is a must. Sitting in the heart of the geothermal region, the Golden Circle loop offers an array of boiling mud pits and the famous hissing Strokkur plays it’s part in keeping the crowd entertained. Sit tight, and watch the hot-spring explode every few minutes.
7. You can splash here
Just to clarify, the Blue Lagoon is actually a man-made geothermal spa, however still guaranteed to induce much ‘WOW’ given the other-worldly lava fields that surround the area. Scoop up a handful of white silica mud, slather it all over your bod, grab a beverage and float your troubles away.
8. You can hang with these guys
The Icelandic Horse – an intrinsic part of the history and culture of the country, these furry guys (often pony-size) are worthy of a meet and greet.
For an out-of-this-world experience, diving between continents just makes sense in Iceland.
10. You can go whale watching
One of Iceland’s most beloved pastimes, step into the Reykjavik harbour to catch a glimpse of humpbacks and minkes. Try your luck just walking around the bay or flex your eyes further and jump on a cruise (departing from the Old harbour) to go that extra mile.
11. You can froth over waterfalls
Gullfoss, aka ‘The Golden Falls’ for sure live up to the name. Watch as the icy water thunders over an impressively narrow gorge. Regardless of the season, be it summer or winter you’re guaranteed a true show of natural beauty.
Fans of music and architecture shouldn’t miss Reykjavik’s buzzing Harpa Concert Hall. A beauty in itself, the facade was designed to both reflect and absorb sunlight depending on the season. Watch as the colours on the exterior change for something truly spectacular.
13. You can eat here
Lastly, another dirty (but not actually dirty) snack to add to your MUST list. Head to Reykjavik Chips and go crazy with cones to rival those found in the likes of Amsterdam and Brussels.
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