Happy Monday, how are you?
I thought I would take a break from posting about my Somerset trip and focus on something else travel related.
I have the travel bug, which means my feet are itchy and my mind is constantly wondering where I can go to next. While I do have other trips coming up, I’ve been thinking about Iceland a lot, so I thought I’d share my four reasons I want to visit.
4 reasons I want to visit Iceland
Now, usually the thought of a volcano would put people off, especially active ones, but not me! There are 30 active volcano systems in Iceland, and the country tends to see an average of one eruption every five years. Knowing my luck, I would visit and an eruption would happen but I hope not!
Most of the time these are harmless which is good news, they often call them “tourist eruptions” so it would make for a great Instagram post!
The most popular volcanoes to visit in Iceland include Helka (which has erupted over a dozen times since the days of Viking settlement), Eyjafjallajökull, and Öræfajökull (Iceland’s tallest). Covered by a vast glacier, Snæfell is also a must-see volcano on my list too.
With so many dramatic mountains and up to 80 inches of rain each year, I am spoilt by choice about which waterfall to visit. Iceland has a great diversity of waterfalls, offering everything from glacial falls (which are the result of meltwater that flows down from glaciers) to those which rip through canyons and fall dramatically onto black sand beaches.
Dettifoss is the largest and most powerful waterfall in Europe. There’s also Selfoss, a horseshoe-shaped falls located on the same glacial river as Dettifoss. I want to visit both.
The National Parks
There’s so many national parks in the UK, so why visit them abroad? Well… Iceland has three national parks, though the largest of these is now made up of what was once five separate parks.
Þingvellir National Park has the longest history: It was here that the world’s oldest existing Parliament first assembled. The park is home to the largest lake in Iceland, where you can snorkel or scuba dive between the two tectonic plates that represent the geographical separation of North America and Europe.
Snæfellsjökull National Park is the only one in Iceland that runs along a coastline. I’ll be able to spend time on the beach, visit a glacier, and head into a lava cave, all in the same day! What a treat is that!?
Vatnajökull National Park is the largest national park in all of Europe. That is reason enough to visit but also because it offers access to Hvannadalshnjúkur, Iceland’s highest mountain, and a wide range of waterfalls.
The little towns/villages
I love a little town/village, I feel they hold the most history and they’ve seen a lot of changes around them.
Akureyri is notable city: Located on the other side of the country from Reykjavik, it is known as Iceland’s capital of the North. The town is set amidst a range of beautiful mountains and is the country’s main base for whale watching. I could spend days here.
Hofn, a small seaside town from which you can visit the gorgeous glacial lagoon, Jökulsárlón. Vik, a small village that’s home to Iceland’s famous stranded airplane on a black sand beach; and Seyðisfjörður, with its quaint traditional houses backed up against a dramatic fjord are also on the list.
Have you ever visited Iceland? I’d love to know all about your trip, where you stayed, what you did, what you recommend and don’t recommend. Or are you like me? Is it on your list to visit but you just haven’t had the chance yet? Let me know in the comments.
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I’ll be back soon,
Alanna Jean x