We get asked all the time about why we travel to Iceland. Family, friends, co-workers and our readers ask what’s so special about this country far north. Before we delve into details, one thing is certain, it takes a unique place to convince us to go back and explore more, repeatedly.
To better answer this question, we put together a visual collection of reasons that make us travel to Iceland. We stopped at 21 but could have easily found more!
Let’s see them.
1 – The glaciers
There are many glaciers in Iceland. Our favourite place to see them is Vatnajökull National Park, where you can easily see one or join a guided glacier hike – a great experience!
2 – The countless hiking trails
Iceland has hiking trails everywhere. From short hikes to one or multiple days hikes, there’s something for everyone. Bring your boots.
3 – The waterfalls
4 – The geothermal areas
With all the volcanic activity in the country, Iceland has many geothermal areas with geysers, fumaroles, and mud pools.
5 – The remoteness
There are some very remote places like the Westfjords that, despite the location, are a treat for the eyes and the right place to stay away from it all.
6 – The tiny fishing villages
Fishing is one of Iceland’s main economic activities. Along the coast, many of these fishing villages are interesting to visit.
7 – The endless exploring opportunities
There are endless places to explore in Iceland. Most of the country is still off the beaten path and a joy to discover.
8 – The Icelandic Horses
These cute and nice horses can be found throughout the country. They are very friendly!
9 – The picturesque churches
Nothing to do with religion but the churches of Iceland are really picturesque.
10 – The ice caves
Ice caves are for the adventurers. In the winter, it’s possible to go inside one and see how a glacier looks like from a different perspective. With proper guidance only!
11 – The black sand beaches
The black sand beaches of the south are one of the biggest attractions in the country.
12 – The colorful lighthouses
The colorful lighthouses on the rugged coastline create a great contrast.
13 – The moonlike landscapes
It feels like the landscape of Iceland is straight out of the moon. The mix of ice and fire created one of the most beautiful and rugged landscapes you’ll find.
14 – The mountains
Mountains all over the place. Certainly a pleasure for outdoor lovers.
15 – The lakes
Iceland has some magnificent lakes, including deep in the highlands where they look even better, like this one on the way to Landmannalaugar.
16 – The volcanoes
Iceland has a good number of volcanoes, including some which you can now hike to the top and around the crater.
17 – The northern lights
The northern lights or Aurora Borealis are the reason winter tourism is growing in the country. One of the most spectacular shows to witness live.
18 – The bird cliffs
A lot of birds call Iceland home and they can be found on the sheer rock cliffs by the ocean. Depending on the season, puffins are one of the famous birds to visit the country.
19 – The lava fields
Lava fields like this one showcase how powerful nature is. There are many lava fields in Iceland, including some recent ones.
20 – The road trips
Looking for a road trip? Iceland is the perfect place for one. It has some of the most scenic (and not very busy!) roads we’ve ever driven.
21 – The glacier lagoon
Jökulsárlón is one of the most magical places in Iceland. The chunks of ice from the glacier accumulate at the lagoon before heading towards the sea. Stunning landscape.