blue lagoon iceland

1) Natural Beauty

Volcanoes, cliffs, glaciers, fjords, lava fields, waterfalls, hot springs and a blue lagoon, Iceland seems to have a never-ending supply of breathtaking landscapes that could make any newbie photographer’s photos look like pure gold.

From the photos I’ve seen online, it’s otherworldly beauty reminds me more of something you’d see in a sci-fi film than northern Europe.

the blue lagoon

blue lagoon iceland

iceland blue lagoon

blue lagoon iceland

2) Northern Lights

Okay, so obviously the Northern Lights could have been included in #1, and yes, they have been beaten to death in the media lately, but how could I leave this off the list when they’re so eerily and spectacularly beautiful?!

Especially considering the Northern Lights will apparently be getting dimmer after 2016 for about 11 years, this makes my intense yearning to see them that much more dire.

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3) Local Culture

Rumor has it that Icelanders are friendly, outgoing people that are happy to dish out advice to tourists about what to do, where to eat, etc. (It’s been said that they’re warmer than most other Scandinavians!)

After reading the post “The 10 Weirdest Things About Icelanders“, I’m convinced they’re practical, have an awesome sense of humor, are proud of their homeland, and have a serious appreciation for BBQ and beer. What’s not to love?! 

iceland blue lagoon

the blue lagoon

4) Adventure

Epic road trips (sometimes on dirt roads) make for unforgettable sightseeing. As with most things in life, the more effort you put in, the more you appreciate the reward.

Personally, renting a car and doing a self drive tour of all of the Game of Thrones shooting spots would be an absolute MUST.

blue lagoon iceland

Jumping in one of the many natural hot springs to warm up when you’re chilly is another obvious, but necessary stop on the list!

As is checking out the infamous blue lagoon, Iceland’s manmade mineral-rich lagoon that was featured in many films and is rumored to cure many skin ailments (like psoriasis).

blue lagoon iceland

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Considering I’m a huge lover of wildlife, there’s no way I could leave Iceland without a horseback ride and a bit of puffin/whale-watching.

the blue lagoon

blue lagoon iceland

iceland blue lagoon

5) Sustainable Travel

According to this video from Wolter’s World, Icelanders are extremely focused on local production and sustainability.

Local handmade Icelandic sweaters aren’t just for tourists (apparently everyone loves them!) and it would make a great comfy keepsake that also supports the local economy.

Restaurants frequently use locally sourced produce and meats, and the menus often boast that the barley/veggies/etc. has come from a farm only 5-6 kilometers away!

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With only around 323,000 people living in Iceland, the country is made up mostly of small towns and villages rather than large cities, meaning that visitors generally stay in guest houses instead of large chain hotels. This way you boost the local economy while getting a cozier, more authentic experience – a total win-win.

blue lagoon iceland

Here’s a sweet short film from Mike & Jay Explore that would get anyone psyched to head to this majestic place:

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Photos: ÞingvellirDalvik, IcelandSunset at lake Mývatn, South IcelandTrey in Hot WaterIcelandic Lamb Entree, Salt Eldhus Cooking Class, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2013, Dalvik, Iceland, When the Songs Were ForlornGullfoss Iceland‘Flame Aurora’ – Suðursveit, ThórsmörkSeljalandsfoss WaterfallBlue Lagoon, Reykjavik