From soaring glaciers to spectacular ice blue lagoons and just about every natural wonder in between, the tiny country of Iceland packs a punch when it comes to stunning scenery. Epic road trip routes link travellers with the best places to visit in Iceland, leading to ice caves, towering waterfalls, and outdoor adventures like whale watching, glacier hiking and even scuba diving. From spellbinding landscapes to crazy cuisine, here are five reasons you should go to Iceland now.
Ah, the Aurora Borealis. It’s hard to beat the mesmerizing sight of green, purple and pink skies dancing in the night, and Iceland is one of the best spots in the world to take it in. While there’s never a guarantee that you’ll be lucky enough to see them, time your visit between September and April when the sky is darkest. It also helps to stay in the country more than a few days, as the Northern Lights will sometimes put on a show for a few days, then simply disappear for the rest of the week.
See why the Blue Lagoon is one of the top things to do in Iceland
The Blue Lagoon is one of the top Iceland attractions, thanks to its luminescent hue and healing waters. Located about 45 minutes from the capital Reykjavik which makes it possible to do as a quick day trip, the lagoon is full of geothermal seawater that stays piping hot all year round. Not only is it perfect for a scenic soak, but it’s also said to have healing properties for those who suffer from skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
Note: the water’s properties can wreak absolute havoc on your hair, so be sure to bring a swim cap if you have long locks. It also helps to pre-book a ticket as the Blue Lagoon is rightfully popular, or you can book a tour around the Golden Circle route which includes stops at geysers, waterfalls and a soak in the lagoon.
To take a road trip to see Iceland points of interest
While Iceland may be tiny (at least compared countries like Canada and the USA) that doesn’t mean you can zip around it in a day. That’s why self-drive tours are highly recommended for anyone heading to the so-called Land of Fire and Ice.
Most Iceland vacation packages last anywhere from three days to two weeks, and include accommodation, car rentals and a well-planned itinerary. The 300-kilometre ‘Golden Circle’ route is always a crowd-pleaser, as it features a national park, waterfall, volcanic crater and geysers. Here are a few tips you should know about exploring Iceland.