Anyone who knows me, knows that I love winter, and any time the temperature goes above 25°C I always joke that I should move to ICELAND. I am seriously not made to cope in hot weather! However, apart from the cooler weather conditions, Iceland has so so much to offer and it’s one of the places I would most like to visit in the whole entire world.
A quick Google image search of Iceland should give you enough reasons to want to visit Iceland asap, but if you’re still unsure, I’ll be sharing my top 6 reasons why I would love to visit Iceland – who knows, you might feel inspired!?
Reason 1: The Scenic Mountains
Most of my favourite places in the world that I have visited so far have one thing in common – amazing scenery. And if it’s scenery that you’re after, Iceland has some pretty breath-taking ones to offer, especially with the mountains. Iceland has many scenic mountain landscapes that would make for some pretty amazing Insta shots too! The multi-coloured mountains (YES, REALLY!) of Landmannalaugar are made from rhyolite rock, due to the volcanic activity in the area, which make for magnificent multi-coloured mountain views with pinks, purples, yellow and green shades. Dreamy.
Reason 2: The Festivals
If it’s festivals, parties and celebrations that you’re after, Iceland has loads of events planned all throughout the year. Festivals in Iceland include those related to music, such as Iceland Airwaves that takes place in November and Secret Solstice in June, as well as camping festivals (locals love the outdoors, and it’s easy to see why with scenery like that!) to smaller country fairs and local festivals around the country. If you’re after BIG celebrations, it’s worth heading over to the country for the Independence Day celebrations on 17th June – and of course, Christmas is also a fantastic time to visit with plenty of things to do to get you into the Christmas spirit, such as Christmas markets and ice skating.
Reason 3: The Midnight Sun
Possibly one of the only things I actually do like about summer is the fact that we get long, summer nights with plenty of light. However, Iceland, situated just below the Artic Circle, takes things a step or two further and enjoys 24 hour daylight from mid-May to late July. Head over to Iceland between the 20th and the 22nd of June to enjoy the unique summer solstice, which marks the time when the sun sets just after midnight and rises again before 3am.
Reason 4: The Northern Lights
Of course, a visit to Iceland would not be complete without catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights – and Iceland is in fact one of the best places in the world to admire this amazing phenomenon. So if you’re not planning on visiting Iceland during the bright summer months, the Northern Lights should still give you a great reason to visit Iceland between September to mid-April, when they are most commonly seen. The northern lights can be seen from the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík on a clear winter. However, if you’re feeling adventurous then head out of the capital, to more rural areas for the chance to get an even better view. There are also plenty of tours that take you to some pretty special spots where you can see the Northern Lights, which are definitely worth looking into.
Reason 5: The Icelandic Wildlife
One of my favourite things about visiting a new place is discovering its wildlife – and the wildlife in Iceland is pretty spectacular with a diverse range of different species. From the beautiful and charming Icelandic horses – which are renowned for being particularly sociable, curious and intelligent – to the incredibly cute puffins, which I am obsessed with! Puffins are a particularly rare species of bird to spot, however 60% of the world’s population of Puffins breed in Iceland’s magnificent cliffs. The birds’ arrival in April and May marks the beginning of summer, and they can be seen around the country until around August. Whale watching is another popular activity in Iceland as there are over 20 different types of whale that can be spotted in the Icelandic waters.
Reason 6: The Incredible Food
When it comes to environmental awareness and healthy farming practices, Iceland definitely comes out on top, and this means that the quality of the food in Iceland, particularly the meat and fish is incredible. Visit local restaurants and enjoy the taste of Icelandic fish species, such as the Saltfiskur or the Harðfiskur. Slow roasted lamb in Iceland is also renowned to be some of the best in the world since lambs in Iceland are not fed grains or given growth hormones. Instead, they are free to roam outdoors and enjoy a natural diet that includes grass, moss and berries. If you’re interested to try a very traditional meal, Hákarl or fermented shark could be an option. Although it’s not so commonly enjoyed by locals nowadays, it’s still a traditional food that is characteristic of the country.
There are just 6 of my top reasons to visit Iceland but as you can imagine, there are many, many more reasons to visit this beautiful country too. With it being just a 3 hour flight away from London, there’s no excuse not to hop on a plane and explore this breath-taking country for yourself. It’s definitely on my bucket list!