I could go on and on about how amazing Iceland is and why you should pack your suitcase and get going right away, but I’ve summed it up to these 5 points:
1. Nature is on steroids in Iceland
First and foremost the scenery is magical. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen: Waterfalls, glaciers, geysers and so much more. Everywhere you look there’s beauty. No wonder nature photographers pilgrimage to the country.
2. So safe it’s (almost) foolproof
Iceland is a really, really safe society. Just walking the streets of Reykjavik you’ll think to yourself: What could possibly go wrong? As a female traveler, it is by far my no. 1 solo travel destination so far.
Icelandics are very kind people – although some are a bit quiet and you might need to take initiative to most interactions.
Also, it’s really easy to be a tourist i Iceland. Almost all Icelandics speak English fluently and they are great at providing tourist information and signs, so you’re able to help yourself in most situations.
3. Great cuisine
The food is really good – best seafood ever! And there is great variety in the food offered in Reykjavik: Tacos, thai food, vegan dishes – you name it. The biggest issue is which delicious restaurant to chose.
4. Reykjavik has a great vibe
I basically fell in love with Reykjavik in 5 seconds. The city is quite small, so if you want to do sight seeing that can be done in 1-2 days. However, there are so many great cafés, bars, restaurants and museums. I was sorry that I didn’t have more time to just chill and people watch some more. Reykjavik is the very definition of a charming city.
5. Geothermal paradise
Iceland has great culture for taking a soak in the geothermal pools. You don’t have to visit a spa like The Blue Lagoon (even though it’s a fun experience) you can just go to one of Reykjavik’s public pools or soak in a natural hot spring when you’re on the road.
However, you might want to skip Iceland, if you:
Want a low cost vacation
I don’t think that Iceland expensive per se, but it is definitely more pricy than Thailand etc.
Want warm weather and sunny days on your vacation
It’s really rare for it to be warm in Iceland. The sun may shine, but it rarely gets warm. If you want a tan you should go somewhere else.
Are not that in to nature
You will get mud on your boots and you will need to wear proper waterproof clothing. There is little room for fancy fashionistas wearing pastel colors in Iceland. However, if you are in to outerwear fashion you’ll love it! (And don’t forget to check out the 66 North store).
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