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