Top 5 reasons why Iceland is so hot right now
1. Scenery– I cannot describe the unbelievable beauty of Iceland. This country has it all! Everywhere you look, there’s something amazing to see.
Lush green mountain sides with drastic slopes that are speckled by bright violet wild flowers, barren volcanic black sand beaches, and turquoise blue glacier lagoons – you’ll find all of it in this glorious place!
If you’re traveling in the summer months: Late May to mid September you’ll be energized by midnight sun. If you have thick blood and venture to the region during winter months you may be lucky enough to marvel at light show of the universe: Aurora Borealis.
2. People – Everyone I came across on my journey through Iceland was so proud to be an Icelander. They had a deep sense of nationalistic responsibility. I was asked many times by different locals how I was enjoying their country, as if it was their own personal responsibility for you to be enjoying yourself.
And really, how could you not enjoy yourself? Iceland is unbelievable! I may have had freezing cold hands throughout my trip, but a warm heart from the kindness shown to me by everyone I encountered.
3. Extreme sports– If getting your adrenaline pumping is what you’re after then Iceland is your next playground. Whether it’s whitewater rafting a class 5 river, paragliding off the side of a mountain, or SCUBA diving between tectonic plates in freezing cold water – Iceland offers it all for those who require more than coffee to get them out of bed in the morning!
4. Safety – Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world. With a very low violent crime rate, it is common practice for locals and tourists to hitchhike, couch surf, or leave children unattended (for a few minutes). I hitch hiked my way through the country during my entire 9 week long trip, and I’m still alive to tell the tale. Many of my best memories of from my trip are from the friendly folks who drove me to and from my destinations.
I got the inside scoop from Iceland locals, including places to eat, sleep, and see – which can’t be found in any guide book or website. If you really want to get to know the safe streets of Iceland, put your thumb up and your guard down.
5. Food– Fermented shark, alongside reindeer burger, and whale sushi on restaurant menus make Iceland a must visit for those with a adventurous palate. Foodies delight at the variety of exotic dishes available. While it may be taboo in many countries to eat horse, puffin, or whale it is part of Icelandic culture.
If you’re considering a trip to Iceland, stop thinking about it and start booking it!