11 reasons to include Iceland in your bucket list

Travellers ALERT.

We all have that one list that we dream to follow. It is either hooked on the work desk or pasted on the wardrobe door or is kept safe under the glass layer over the table..but we ensure to stare at it every day and perhaps aim to fulfil it at the earliest. Well, if you are still making that list or have a little scope to add something, let me convince you to make Iceland a part of it.

Here are 11 miraculous reasons why you should include Iceland in your bucket list and will also help you to design your itinerary for Iceland.

Also read: What not to do in Iceland- 8 tips

1.Road Trip– If you love driving and you love a good view- Iceland is the obvious choice. There is no view that is not worth capturing. Each and every landscape of this country is just ecstatic and awestruck. You would not feel like keeping your camera back in its shell, unless it is raining..!

Roadtrip, Iceland
A landscape to explore and adore, Iceland
Roadtrip, Iceland
Only if time could halt.
A mirror says it all.

Also read: Finding the Cheapest Campervan in Iceland & Campsites for an Epic Road Trip

2. Glacial Lagoon and Diamond beach– Believe me, I am not exaggerating this. It was a cozy drive for miles and miles on the ring road, when suddenly on my left I saw these inexplicable Icebergs. I literally forgot to blink my eyes as the view just from the car was spectacular. Imagine what it must have been when I was actually there at the beach. A must must part of your Iceland itinerary.

Glacial Lagoon, Iceland
Jökulsárlón, the glacial lagoon where even nature speaks.

3. Black Sand Beach– Ever wondered clicking pictures in colour mode and getting only black and white pictures. It was exactly my experience at Black Sand beach. Thanks to my yellow jacket, I could add some colours to my pictures. I never knew black was so mysterious in its own essence.

Black Sand Beach, Iceland
Rock and sand, no more a mystery.
Black Sand Beach, Iceland
Caves and Caved.
Black Sand Beach, Iceland
This is seriously a coloured picture.

4. Waterfalls- If you are planning your itinerary for Iceland, you ofcourse cannot miss visiting waterfalls. I have to confess God has bestowed his best of creations only to specific lucky places on the globe. Iceland is one of them. The best of the waterfalls in best of their virtues can be seen here. For example, there is Gullfoss where sun rays make a golden embarked rainbow. Then there is majestic Skogafoss and breathtaking Skaftafell with their own distinctive beauty. And my favourite Seljalandsfoss where you can actually experience a 360 degree view of the waterfall. Literally, each waterfall competes with another in perfection.

Seljalandsfoss, Iceland
Just one word: MAJESTIC. Seljalandsfoss, Iceland.
Seljalandsfoss, Iceland
Seljalandsfoss, Iceland
Seljalandsfoss, Iceland
The moment when you can betray the waterfall. Seljalandsfoss, Iceland.
Angled View. Seljalandsfoss, Iceland.

5. Faraway Land– Remember that scenery that we used to paint when we were a kid? Faraway land where there was just one house with a narrow path and few trees around it. I spotted my own sketched scenery for real in Iceland. It was like a standalone house protected under the arms of the magnificent hills and a narrow one lane river flowing around it. Never knew my connection with the place was that intuitive!!!

Courtesy: @ritzyonroad
Courtesy: Instagram

6. Geothermal activities- Geysir and Þingvellir National park are perfect examples of familiarising with the inner core of the earth. The heat from the crust of the earth builds a pressure that escapes the ruptured surface and explodes like a hot wave of a fountain. It is astonishing to experience such a humble explosion at Geysir, every 8-10 minutes. At Þingvellir National Park, the tectonic plates between North America and Eurasia are drifting apart from each other for about 3mm every year. One can actually do scuba diving there in summers.

Geysir, Iceland
Mother nature and her anger, perhaps. Geysir, Iceland.
Þingvellir National Park, Iceland
Even a day is less to explore. Þingvellir National Park, Iceland.

7. Northern Lights- I know your Iceland itinerary definitely includes Northern Lights but Iceland cannot boast for showering best of Northern Lights and that too prominently. Although, it is one of those places in the belt of Aurora Borealis that you can definitely take as an extra excuse to visit. Most of the year it remains cloudy which does not promise the spotting of Northern Lights very frequently. But nevertheless, you can always give your luck a chance to hope if Iceland could welcome you with a star studded sky and dancing green lights.


8. Lava fields- At the edge of Laugahraun lava field, there is a place in the highlands of the Iceland called Landmannalaugar, which I would not classify as a part of earth. It is like you are altogether in a different planet. The field was formed in an eruption around the year 1477, is still known for its geothermal hot springs and painted canvas landscapist beauty. Now that Mars is really far and could not be a part of your bucket list, Iceland definitely scores a visit.


9. Free Entry Visits– Apart from Kerið, which is an existing crater, I have not paid any entry ticket at any of the natural sites. High Five to all the budget travellers like me. The directions were very clear throughout the ring road and easily accessible. Even the parking places were free except Seljalandsfoss and Þingvellir national park. Provided the best of the nature could be enjoyed for free, Iceland is worth a visit.

Kerið, Iceland
Crater at its best. Kerið, Iceland.
Kerið, Iceland
Kerið, Iceland.

10. Horses and cattle- I cannot finish my blog without mentioning about them. William Shakespeare said about horses, “When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.” Now I know what he means. Horses in Iceland do not define splendour, it is self- defined. A click with them has to be a part of your album.

Trick Question: Why is cattle always grazing?


11. Peaceful Journey– Ever chased a time travel when you were listening to a poetry or a novel; ever imagined a journey on a well-defined road with no one else to block; ever thought of those Frost’s miles that one needs to cover before one sleeps; the wait ends at Iceland. Don’t believe me? Visit it yourself and you will find the answers.

Roadtrip, Iceland
It’s a spellbound. Mysterious Iceland.
Roadtrip, Iceland
That’s the mountain with three colours..!!!

Please comment if you think there are more mysterious reasons to visit Iceland. I am sure, there will be more..!!!

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    1. Hi Neeti. I actually went there in oct but days were really short. I had to start early so that I could visit natural sites accordingly. I would rather suggest summers when days are longer. But you can give a little chance to Northern Lights which happen from mid Sept to mid April. So it is actually a tough decision.

  1. A well written article, takes the reader to the place described! To add to it are the beautiful pictures taken. Enjoyed reading it!

  2. So gorgeous!….and mysterious!! Your pictures are beautiful and I’ve always wanted to see the Northern Lights, so I may just have to add Iceland to my dream list 🙂

  3. Iceland is amazing!!! I’ve been there 3 times now in 3 different season and I’m trying to plan my fourth trip back to drive the ring road. You have some amazing photos! What kind of camera do you use? I’m so jealous you got so many photos without all the tourists!

  4. Already on the list! Although, it’s on the list for the aurora… and maybe that’s not the best place… still, the black and white beach though. Stays on the list.

  5. Honestly I never need a reason for Iceland. I just know I fell in love with it the day Isaw its first picture. I dont need to be convinced. All I need is an air ticket🤣 hope to make it there soon!

  6. Iceland has been on my list for a while now and this collection of reasons doesn’t help my wanderlust at all! haha! The glaciers, waterfalls, hot springs, northern lights.. I want to see it all! I hope to go sooon! 🙂

  7. Definitely on my bucket list already! It just looks like another planet, so many wonderful landscapes to explore!!

  8. Stunning pictures❤️❤️ Iceland has been on my mind primarily for the Northern Lights, but after looking at all these other lovely sights, I can’t wait to plan a trip there. What time of the year did you visit?

    1. Hi Sunami, we went there in October. Skies were meant to be clearer then…but one has to be really lucky to be able to see the Northern Lights. 🙂

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