ViaHero · May 17, 2018
The land of fire and ice has attracted travelers for centuries. Located just below the Arctic and only a five-hour plane ride from New York City, the glacial fields
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Once you arrive, all you have to do to see a great view is open your eyes. There are beauty and magic around every corner. Whether you visit in the summer to see the midnight sun and lush green meadows filled with wildflowers or in winter to see gigantic ice caves and the Northern Lights, Iceland will be full of delightful surprises.
#1: Northern Lights
The Northern Lights are an elusive, bright phenomenon on many travelers’ bucket lists. After this winter though, the northern lights will be much more difficult to see because the sun will be in a dormant phase for about a decade with fewer solar flares and storms that cause the Aurora Borealis. Even at
#2: Cheap flights
Crawl through long tunnels into wide open caves of beautiful blue and white ice. From November to March, majestic ice caves throughout Iceland are safe to tour with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. You can book private tours, group tours, and specialty tours like photography trips.
Atlantic Puffins are tiny seabirds with coloring similar to a penguin with bright orange beaks. While they mostly live at sea, they nest and breed on land. You’ll find nests of Atlantic Puffins along the coast of Iceland in spring and summer. They prefer to nest in rocky cliffs so spots like the Westfjords and Dyrholaey are best for Puffin spotting.
#5: Active volcanoes
About 30 active volcanic systems are located in the small country of Iceland. Some of Iceland’s most famous volcanoes like Eyjafjallajökull, which erupted in 2010 and wreaked havoc on airplane flights in the area, are accessible by day trip from Reykjavik. Other are further afield and accessible from the Ring Road or a jaunt into the center of the country.
#6: Hot springs
Regardless of the time of year, you can enjoy swimming outside in one of Iceland’s many hot springs, or ‘hot pots’. These can range from the
#7: Explore the Ring Road
Iceland’s Ring Road is a trip unto itself. It spans over 800 miles and rings the entire country. Give yourself about a week to explore the Ring Road. You’ll make lots of stops along the way to see lagoon, volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers and even reindeer!
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Iceland’s capital city is small and some complain it’s too touristy, but under the surface, there is a rich, vibrant culture to explore. Get an overview of Iceland’s history at the National Museum, explore the historic city center on a walking tour, and try traditional Icelandic dishes and plenty of seafood in the many restaurants.
#9: Leirhnjukur lava fields
Want to see a landscape eerily similar to the moon? Make a stop at the Leirhnukur lava fields and you’ll wonder whether you’re still on planet Earth. Follow the walking trail to see the rock formations and colors up close.
You’ll see many majestic waterfalls as you travel through Iceland, but one of the most popular and magical is Seljalandsfoss. Walk through lush green meadows to reach this waterfall that plunges into a deep lagoon. Follow the path along a stone wall that goes behind the waterfall...just be prepared to get wet!
Have more questions about your first trip to Iceland? Here is a list of local Iceland Travel Experts who can help you or you can message us any questions you have. And before your trip, make sure to check out:
- Connect With a Local to Plan Your Trip
- How to Visit Iceland on a Layover
- 10 Tips to Travel to Iceland
- How to Travel Iceland on a Budget
- Finding a Cheap Flight to Iceland
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