If you have thought about Iceland as just a bit of a nothing country, and possibly the home of Sigur Ros, then you know nothing about this beautiful land. Iceland has some of the most fantastic sights you can ever dream up in this world, so it’s definitely worth thinking about if you haven’t been on vacation in a long time, and especially if you are so keen on the hot countries, and need somewhere to stay cool while the rest of the world heats up! So here’s a mini guided tour of the places you need to go in Iceland.
When you land in Reykjavík, via the staple airline of Iceland, Wow Air, the first thing you’ll notice about this land is how truly breathtaking the sights are, even on the journey from the airport to the city. You will see some great sights upon landing, but the first thing you’ll want to do is to get some food in you, in which case the Laekjarbrekka restaurant is full of traditional Icelandic cuisine, in a relaxed, almost horizontal, environment. It’s thoroughly recommended that you go for the slow cooked lamb shoulder, complete with celeriac, roasted carrots, and some red wine sauce. It’s also hear that you should get acquainted with the food known as skyr, which is a type of yoghurt, not too dissimilar from Greek yoghurt, but with a much milder flavor.
Seeing The Sights
While there are plenty of wondrous places to visit, as you will have no doubt already seen from your limited time here already, you need to see the Snæfellsjökull national park, located at the western point of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. There, you will see lava tubes, as well as lava fields. But this area is a great place to get some bird watching done, as well as whale-watching. If this isn’t your cup of tea, there are numerous hiking trails, and, depending on the weather conditions, you could visit the Snæfellsjökull glacier.
If you really want to get a feel for how vast this world really is, you could head to the þingvellir plain, which is located on a tectonic plate boundary. This is where Europe and north America are pulling away from each other, albeit at a very slow rate, approximately 1mm to 18mm every year. The scarring of the landscape isn’t as drastic as the wording would suggest, there are some beautiful rivers, ponds, as well as the rift of Almannagjá, which is where the Icelandic national parliament was established, back in 930.
The Greatest Nature Display Of All…
You can’t talk about Iceland without talking about the Northern Lights. One of the greatest displays of nature, this lightshow is a great reason, if not the main reason to go to Iceland. Now is prime time to go to Iceland to see the Northern Lights, as they are visible from the end of September to the beginning of April. October to November, as well as February to March, is the best within this timeframe. We’ve all seen how it looks on TV or on our laptops, but there is no replacement for seeing this almighty cascade of beauty right in front of us.
This is merely the tip of the Iceland, but it’s one of the places you need to go and visit in your lifetime.