Everybody seems to be buying plane tickets to Iceland these days, right? If you're eager to find out what all this fuss is about, here's an article that explains it all.
Everywhere you go in Iceland, you can see signs of volcanic activity. Unsplash/Luca Micheli.
Technically, there's just one city in Iceland and that is the capital. However, these are the main towns of each region in Iceland:
The motivation of most travelers that visit Iceland is to explore the country's gorgeous nature and experience the vast wilderness. It is hard to choose just a few highlights of Iceland's nature, but these attractions listed below are generally considered to be "must see" natural attractions in Iceland:
Also read this: Top 10 Attractions of Iceland
The Blue Lagoon. Photo: Unsplash.
Jökulsárlón Lagoon, also known as "the Glacier Lagoon". Photo: iStock.
Gullfoss Waterfall is on the Golden Circle Route. Photo: Pexels.
Kirkjufell Mountain in Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Unsplash/Trevor Cole.
The waters surrounding Iceland are home to an abundance of whales. Unsplash/John Eckert.
It is also worth mentioning that flights to Iceland have gotten significantly cheaper for the past few years and you can fly directly from most major hubs in Europe and the US.
Personally, I think summer is the best season to visit Iceland. You get loads of brightness (even during the nights), relatively mild weather and the highland roads are usually open. However, if you want to see the Northern Lights, you will have to place your bet on either autumn or winter. Also, visiting during the off-seasons might allow you to find cheaper flights and accommodation.
If you have a hard time deciding when to go, check out this article: The Best Season to Travel to Iceland
It's impossible to see the Northern Lights during the summer. Unsplash/Vincent Guth.
Summer is the time of brightness, flowers and puffins! Unsplash/Wynand van Poortvliet.
Many travelers think that they can "cover" the whole island in two or three weeks. Unfortunately, that's not very realistic. Contrary to most European countries, Iceland is vast and scarcely populated. Wilderness takes up most of the country's landmass and the urban areas you'll find there are relatively few and very small in size.
Also, the top attractions of Iceland are scattered around the country, which requires you to travel quite a bit if you want to see them all. I'm concluding that if you want to see most of the things that Iceland has to offer, you will have to stay there for at least month or two. If you want to focus on just one or two regions, a week or ten days should do.
It also depends on the pace you want to travel at – some people like to travel at a fast pace and see a lot during a brief period of time while others want to spend more time in each destination.
Anyhow, I would personally recommend to take more time than you think you will need.
The Ring Road of Iceland. Unsplash/Matteo Paganelli.
There are loads of things to do and see in Iceland besides exploring the nature. Reykjavik city may not be big, but it's well worthy of a visit. The capital has a surprisingly interesting culture scene and a gorgeous concert hall. Plus, there are so many fantastic restaurants in the city.
The best travel recommendations come from locals. Check out these Wanderguides from Iceland by locals sharing their travel tips and hidden gems.