Just a few years ago not many people would think Iceland is a cool destination for a vacation. But recently, more and more people are choosing to travel to Iceland. So it made me wonder what is so popular about it. It isn’t just the fact that fire and ice can coexist like they do on the island, but there is much more to Iceland.
Iceland’s volcanic landscape is full of hot springs, waterfalls, geysers, glaciers and even black-sand beaches. Their winters are dark, but with mild temperatures. Their summers are sunny with sunshine at midnight, but cool and refreshing temperatures.
Vatnajökull and Snaefellsnes national parks call Iceland home and are a great place to see some stunning glaciers. Not only are these glaciers breathtaking to look at, they are perfect for ice climbing, snowmobiling and even hiking. There are also a number of waterfalls on the island and they are easy to find. Nothing is quite like the beauty of Iceland and there are tons of spots to go to see it. In the same trip you can experience hot springs and volcanoes along with beaches and glaciers.
Not only is the cultural scene impressive, but so are the natives. Icelanders, as they are called, are creative and many are known for their outstanding writing, composing, painting, acting and designing. Iceland is actually a really tight-knit community and brings such creative energy to the island.
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and has a lively nightlife scene along with historic Viking museums. Surprisingly, the capital is a quick five-hour flight from New York and only three hours from London. Spending a couple days in Reykjavik is a must so that you can experience the restaurants and bars along with the museums and historical landmarks.
There is so much to do and see in Iceland that of course I am just scraping the surface. But there is no denying that Iceland is absolutely gorgeous and is a great place to go on your next vacation.
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