10 Reasons Why You Need To Visit Iceland
I've always wanted to visit Iceland because it's a landmine of everything this planet has to offer. From stunning waterfalls to volcanic landscapes, Iceland has everything! Iceland is also popular for the Northern Lights and the Blue Lagoon, but I'm here to share with you ten (10) underrated reasons why you need to visit Iceland soon.
1. The Elf School
Did you know that half of the Icelandic nation believes that elves, called Huldufólk, exist? Icelandic people take their folklore very seriously. In fact, in 2014, BBC reported that the construction of a new road had to be stopped because the community warned that it would disturb the elves who are living in its path. The local government had to figure out a solution before they can resume with the construction. These elves are deeply ingrained in Iceland's culture and history, and there's an Elfschool in Reykjavik that will teach you everything you need to know about the natural spirits and mythical creatures living in this country.
For pricing and schedules, please visit their website.
2. The Museum of Iceland Sorcery and Witchcraft
I wasn't kidding when I told you Icelandic people are serious about their folklore. Aside from the Elf School in Reykjavik, they also have a museum about sorcery and witchcraft in Strandagaldur. The museum is filled with an artful display of artifacts that are used for conjuring spells that can turn anyone invisible or turning the neighbor's milk sour. Lol.
3. Godafoss Waterfall
Iceland has the most impressive waterfalls in the whole world. I can't pick which one is the best, but if I were given the chance, I'd definitely include Godafoss in my itinerary.
Godafoss is a majestic waterfall located in the northern part of Iceland; it is 30 meters wide with a height of 12 meters. Godafoss is also accessible via Ring Road, making it easy for travelers to stop by and enjoy this scenic view.
4. The Atlantic Puffin
Coming from a tropical country, spotting an Atlantic Puffin while exploring Iceland is definitely something I wouldn't want to miss since these birds only breed in Iceland, Greenland, Norway, and some parts in the Northern Atlantic.
The Westman Islands are said to have the largest nest of Puffins in the world, but it is possible to spot these birds when you book a Whale Watching tour.
One of the things I definitely want to try when I visit in the Land of Fire and Ice is to try Glacier hiking in Iceland. Glacier hiking is an otherworldly experience. Anyone who would sign up, regardless if it's only for 3 hours or 3 days, can witness the stunning ridges and ice formation that Iceland can only offer.
6. Silfra Tectonic Fissure
Silfra should be part of the 7 Wonders of the World because it is geologically intriguing. The Silfra Tectonic Fissure, or Silfra for short, is the gap between the continental plates of North America and Europe (or Eurasian). Scuba divers and snorkelers can swim between two continents at the Þingvallavatn Lake where the waters are exceptionally crystal clear.
You can learn more about Silfra here.
7. The city of Reykjavik
Reykjavik is a city that makes my pastel heart flutter with joy due to the colorful houses and street art that you can find in every corner. Reykjavik is also the home of two buildings with unique architecture that are inspired by the country's stunning landscapes:
- Harpa, a concert hall and conference center, that has a distinctive glass facade inspired by Iceland's basalt landscape.
Hallgrímskirkja, a church with an architecture that's inspired by one of the country's natural wonder, the Black Falls. Tourists are also allowed to visit the top part of the church and capture a panoramic view of the city.
Despite being a small city, Reykjavik is also known for its active nightlife. Travelers are also welcomed to join a Beer Tour or Pub Crawl to meet fellow explorers who are looking for a fun night out.
8. Rent A Care and Explore Iceland AT Your Own Pace
Iceland is a big country but it's easy to roam around all thanks to the Ring Road, a 1332 km. a road that runs around the country and connected to the majority of the inhabited parts of the country. Because of this, a lot of travelers opt to rent a car and explore the country at their own pace. The exploration by road can take up to 5-15 days.
9. Experience the Midnight Sun
Did you know that the nights in Iceland are bright during the summer time? So bright that they actually call this phenomenon as the Midnight Sun. This will mess up anyone's body clock, but I think it's a great opportunity to explore more of the country because it never gets dark!
10. Still not convinced? Watch this video.
Watch the video by Joe Capra and I guarantee it will change your mind. Joe traveled solo around the entire island for 17 days, capturing the most amazing and indescribable landscapes Iceland has to offer.