Friday, February 12, 2016

5 Reasons to Visit Magical Iceland

When people think of Iceland, some imagine an icy and desolate landscape (no, that’s Greenland). Others are reminded of Bjork and her legendary swan dress. Regardless, Iceland is a picturesque country with an abundance of natural beauty. If you ever needed a list of reasons to visit, here it is:

1. The Blue Lagoon 
The Blue Lagoon (or Bláa lónið) is a manmade geothermal spa situated in a lava field. The warm, light blue water is rich in minerals like silica and sulphur, and is incredibly relaxing and great for your skin. Located under an hour away from Reykjavik and only 20 minutes from the airport, it’s quick and convenient to find by bus or car. Many bus companies offer excursion options to the Blue Lagoon since it's such a popular attraction. If you’re planning on visiting, book online to save 10 euros off the price at the gate. 

2. Easy Layovers with IcelandAir
If you’re flying IcelandAir from Canada/US to Europe, you might as well turn your layover into a mini trip. Instead of killing time at the airport, why not take a few days to explore Iceland? The airline’s stopovers provide passengers with time to visit Iceland for up to 7 nights at no additional airfare cost. 

3. Aurora Borealis 
If you’re lucky, you may get a chance to see the Northern Lights on your visit. Iceland is one of the best places in the world to catch them! Although there’s no guarantee of a sighting, they’re most likely to occur in the spring and fall when the nights are long and dark but there is less chance of stormy winter weather. You can even book excursions with professional Aurora Borealis hunters!

4. Quirky Culture
They don't lock their doors, they believe in elves, and they produced Bjork...Iceland definitely has a cool, offbeat culture. But seriously, around half of Iceland's citizens actually believe that elves exist. They've even created an Elf School where you can learn more about Icelandic folklore. The country is frequently ranked as one of the happiest in the world, and it's no wonder-- they're also ranked extremely high in terms of community, gender equality, and income equality. 

Iceland Elf School

5. Mountains, Glaciers, and Waterfalls, Oh My!
Iceland is known for its beautiful natural landscapes featuring mountains, glaciers, fjords, and waterfalls. One of Iceland's most popular natural features is Gullfoss, a stunning waterfall flowing into a canyon. Sometimes you can even see a rainbow in the mist. Iceland is also home to geysers, black sand beaches, and volcanoes. You certainly won't run out of beautiful sights to see in Iceland.

Is Iceland on your travel list? Let me know in the comments!

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