This is Iceland. An island with the howling North Atlantic Ocean to the south and a restless Norwegian Sea to its north, an odd place where you might sometimes think you're on another planet. A country whose population often appears tiny in comparison to all of those tourists who visit every year (at least that's what they say). Home to some of the friendliest people I've ever met.
This small island has landscapes larger than life: if it rains while I explore geothermal hot springs by foot or trek through ice-covered lava fields; when I spend hours admiring waterfalls throughout this vast land at sunset’s golden hour; or get lost among black sand beaches as waves crash against volcanic rock shores – I'm often left speechless by what Iceland's nature presents.
If you've never been to Iceland, drop everything and go now. Of all the countries I’ve gone to around the world, Iceland is not only cool (and I'm not referring to its temperatures), but it ranks near the top of my most favorite places in the world. I have visited this country numerous times dating back well before it became a popular destination for tourists. When travelling there as an outsider years ago-before hotels were available on every corner—the vast landscapes astounded me with their natural beauty that was untouched by human intervention.
The first time visiting Iceland is like stepping into another dimension where magic really does exist because everywhere you look nature reigns supreme.
Reyjavik is the type of city that makes you feel like your trip to Iceland has been worth it before you even leave. You will find charming restaurants, bars and shops all in a small area which means walking distance is minimal at best.
The small city centre allows tourists to enjoy Reykjavík while not spending hours on their feet endlessly exploring.
But it’s the majestic landscape that will capture your heart and imagination. The mountains are glorious, glaciers enormous- there's plenty of tours to take you up high; if you prefer going on your own, rent a car! Navigating Iceland is easier than finding one's way in your own hometown—traffic signs as well as direction signposts are written only in Icelandic but no worries: You can't get lost here because every road leads somewhere. Drive southwards for all popular natural sights you shouldn't miss. Iceland is a country of endless beauty. In fact, you can feel as if the roads are yours and all that lies ahead for miles in any direction would be your territory to explore!
Geysirs burst steam in the air constantly while some erupt like clockwork. The landscape is fascinating if you’re a nature lover, with geysers literally everywhere so it's impossible to miss them and waterfalls are plentiful as well!
I am more adventurous than ever, so I decided that it was time for me to take a trip out of my comfort zone and go fly over Iceland in the small plane. From up there you can see how vastly large all the glaciers are- they're about as big as Texas. But, if you just look closer at what's happening on land from our current view then it'll become evident too; volcanic eruptions happen regularly here which change everything around them forever. There were lakes everywhere with rivers flowing through them until eventually disappearing into volcanoes or other natural features like mountains or valleys.
One thing that takes your breath away is this desolate landscape where nothing lives but mosses and lichens cling onto.
Not sure if you've heard, but Iceland is a photographer's paradise. It’s almost impossible to take bad photographs in this country. Plan on traveling there with your DSLR camera and lots of memory cards - it’ll be worth the weight in gold when you get back home (and then some!). In addition, have an iPhone handy for quick shots or video recording; today's phone cameras are genius because they're so small they'll fit in your pocket and at the same time capture fabulous images.