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Nine reasons why you should visit Iceland at least once!

The Nordic island of Iceland is characterised by its beautifully rugged scenery, a place where lava fields, gigantic glaciers and hot springs define the landscape. Not only that, the capital is a vibrant city perfectly situated in the midst of the country’s natural wonders, meaning you can enjoy luxury city accommodation while exploring the rural countryside. Just over two hours away by plane from Ireland, it is the ideal destination for adventurous couples and families alike, with plenty of excursions practically made for curious children. We have put together some of the reasons why we love this country!

It is a year-round destination.

Iceland has two seasons, both contrasting greatly and both beautiful in their own way. It is a year-round destination, each season bringing a wonderfully new landscape. Summer is the most popular time to travel to Iceland and the sun shines for 24 hours during the summer solstice. It is the best time to hike through the national parks, see the beautiful wildlife including the famous puffin and embark on scenic drives. However, the winter brings beautiful advantages including the Northern Lights, exceptional photo opportunities and the best ATV adventure conditions.

It is a photographer’s paradise.

We can safely say that Iceland is one of the most visually stunning countries in the world. Iconic images of the country come to mind immediately, like the photos of the beautiful Icelandic horses grouped together in the snowy landscape, spectacular shots of Strokkur geyser erupting and the magical Northern Lights over Thingvellir National Park. Taking your camera and setting out on an exploration, either by yourself or with a group, can be the beginning of an unforgettable experience.

It is a hiker’s wonderland.

With such an amazingly diverse landscape, Iceland has an abundance of hiking trips for adventure enthusiasts. No matter which route you choose you are guaranteed to be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of the unique landscape. During the summer months, hiking through the highlands is a lovely pastime as the countryside is filled with green pastures, blooming flora and thriving forests. Landmannalaugar is one of many places that has incredibly colourful landscapes and unbelievable views.

It is one of the top whale watching destinations.

Even in winter, Iceland is home to some exceptional whale watching destinations. Embark on excursions right from the centre of Reykjavik and set out on an exploration in search of the majestic orca. Not only home to the orca, there are also large populations of minke, blue and humpback whales.

It is the home of the famous Great Geyser.

The Great Geyser was the first geyser described in a printed source and the first known to Europeans. We recommend that if you really want to see the greatest wonders of Iceland that you should explore the Golden Circle by super Jeep. Not only will you see the Great Geyser and the not so famous but fascinating Strokkur Geyser, you will also explore Thingvellir National Park and Gullfoss Waterfall.

You can relax in hot thermal baths in the middle of lava fields.

The Blue Lagoon is one of the most famous attractions in Iceland. Just outside the capital, it is a geothermal spa located in the famous lava fields. Relax and unwind in the mineral-rich health spa, filled with natural minerals like salts, silica and algae. This can easily be incorporated into any itinerary, even as a stop off on your way to your hotel in Reykjavik.

You can witness the Northern Lights.

When you think of Iceland, it is hard not to think of the Northern Lights. During the darkness of the Icelandic winter, between September and April, the magical phenomenon of the aurora takes place. On clear winter nights, sightseeing trips take place in the most unpopulated areas. Our favourite way to see the Northern Lights is to take a cruise from the centre of Reykjavik, leaving the city lights behind, and head out far into the ocean to find a beautiful clear night sky.

It is perfectly suited to ATV adventures.

Especially in winter, Iceland is calling out to be explored by super Jeep and snowmobile. Speed across the snowy mountainous landscape on a snowmobile, explore the magnificent glaciers and quad bike through the wilderness. These adventures are perfect for teens, creating those perfect memorable moments for all the family. Two of our most favourite excursions in Iceland are by super Jeep around the Golden Circle and snowmobiling across the Langjökull Glacier.

Booming food scene.

Iceland has a thriving food scene and Reykjavik has a large concentration of exceptional dining experiences. There seems to be an ongoing food revolution on the Nordic island, where chefs have begun to embrace local and seasonal produce more than ever before. We love to organise food walks around the city with expert local guides and reserve tables at some of our favourite eateries. The craft beer scene in Reykjavik is impressive too, especially because it was illegal here until 1989.

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