Iceland. Often described as a ‘Bucket List country’. In the tourism industry, Iceland is a relatively new destination. Years ago you would’ve struggled to even find a guide on the country. Nowadays? You can’t look for any guide without finding at least five on the land of fire and ice.
A lot of people regard Iceland as quite an extreme country, especially for first-time travelers and after visiting myself, I couldn’t agree less with this statement.
It really does depend on what you’re looking for on your adventure though. If you want hot, beating sun and a mojito by the pool, Iceland isn’t the place for you.
If you want to explore and experience the most breathtaking scenery, the most jaw-dropping waterfalls and get to know the most warm-hearted people you will ever meet, then Iceland is absolutely for you.
Iceland really has it all. The local delicacies are maybe something to be avoided unless you like the idea of eating fermented shark but on the flip side, you won’t find a better tasting, fresher fish anywhere.
You’ll be speechless at every turn. A straight road? Look to your right and you’ll see a ridiculous, looming mountain that hammers home the insane scale of this place. Look to your left and you’ll see massive geysers erupting, spouting steam hundreds of feet into the air. To really understand what Iceland is all about, wait until it’s dark and you’ll get the Northern Lights. What more do you want and or need from a holiday destination?
There are countless ways to explore the untamed landscapes of this stunning country that vary from renting a camper van and driving until your heart’s content or staying in hotels and having ready-made tours already planned out by numerous tour companies that require you only to show up and jump on a bus.
I did the latter of these two previously mentioned options and it was perfect. I’d never explored such a country in all my time traveling and the removed stress of where to go and what to see was truly welcome.
If I ever returned, I’d absolutely do it the more intense way and rent a camper van.
The only real downside to this country is that it isn’t the cheapest once you arrive. This didn’t affect my view on this miraculous place though as if I have to pay an extra couple of pounds for some water in order to stand underneath Skógafoss and not be dehydrated, that’s absolutely fine by me.
So whether you’re a first-time traveler or an experienced jet-setter, I cannot and will not recommend a country more than Iceland.