January 28, 2017 / Leave a Comment
Why Iceland? You ask.
Have you ever been to a place where every direction you turn you see absolute staggering beauty? No. Well I have. In Iceland, there are glaciers, waterfalls, lava fields, rainbows, streams and mountain ranges everywhere. But nothing is like anything you have seen before. No person, place or thing is ordinary in Iceland.
The Blue Lagoon has naturally heated powder-blue waters. The Icelandic horses are beautiful and hypnotic creatures. The Viking influences and the Icelandic tales are something you see in movies but can’t believe is real until you visit their origin. Here you find a friendly and energetic culture with an impressive music and arts scene. The food is great, the shopping chic, and the nightlife is notoriously enthusiastic — you will only discover all of this in Iceland.
10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Iceland this Winter
Many people mistakenly assume that Iceland is extremely cold based on its name. That is an immensely inaccurate description. In fact, the climate in Iceland is much more comparable to New York City, or Amsterdam. Even though this is not necessarily an environment that you would typically dream of visiting during the winter months, you should reconsider.
Iceland is a place where there is an abundance of natural beauty; beauty that offers visitors warmth to escape to even during the colder months. From bubbling hot springs to geothermal waters, you will find plenty of amazing places to warm yourself. However, if you do dream of a visiting the snow during the colder months, there are plenty of excellent winter activities to enjoy.
Take a look at these ten reasons to visit Iceland this winter, and discover why this needs to be your next vacation destination.
- Less Crowded – No one likes to battle crowds when they are trying to relax and enjoy during a vacation; which is why Iceland makes a great winter destination. The crowds dwindle here in the winter months and allow you to take in all the sights without having to fight for the best views.
- The Blue Lagoon – Enjoy the experience of soaking in the warm geothermal waters of The Blue Lagoon. This unique location is where the lava and thermal water meet to create the perfect place to relax. Here you find an unforgettable opportunity to energize with the forces of nature.
- Northern Lights – The Northern Lights are seen from Iceland. However, if you are looking for the very best time of year to see them, it is during March and April; this is when the lights dance in the sky.
- Impressive Landscapes – Iceland is a place where the landscapes are gorgeous year round. However, in the winter there is an added beauty. Waterfalls partially freeze, glaciers glow blue, ice fields appear, and ice caves are breathtaking.
- Horseback Riding – Horseback riding is fun even for beginners who can ride the small, sturdy Icelandic horses, which have a unique extra gait. But in the winter, these animals are even cuter with their thick winter coat. You will want to cuddle up with one and spend hours entranced by its sweetness.
- Snowmobiling – Spend an exciting couple of hours whizzing around on top of one of Iceland’s ice caps. Not only will you enjoy feeling the crisp air, but the glaciers are stunning. Plus snowsuits and helmets are provided by the operators, and tour guides will point ensure you have a great time.
- Ice Caves – Ice caves are more glorious than they even sound. The blue coloring, the awe in their natural design, these are things no picture or article can adequately depict. They are simply something you MUST see, and you can only do this during the winter. Come spring and summer, the melt and are too unstable to see.
- Active Volcanoes – Iceland has 130 volcanoes of which 30 are active. That being said Thingvellir is the site of both Iceland’s first Parliament and of shifting continental plates and is an easy day trip from Reykjavik. A visit here offers a great introduction to Iceland’s stunning volcanic beauty.
- The Beaches – A trip to the beaches of Iceland during the winter is not going to entail swimming and sunbathing. However, it is going to include seeing black sand, rock formations, raging waves and more. Diamond Beach in southeast Iceland is the perfect place to visit during the winter; as its name indicates, the black sand beach is covered in “ice diamonds” year round, but they are in abundance during the winter months.
- Nightlife in Reykjavik – Head back into town and warm up while joining the locals in non-stop partying on Friday nights in the trendy bars of Reykjavik. Check out the local restaurants and taste fresh locally grown, and farmed foods. It will be a night to remember.
Sure Iceland is a place that is amazing to visit year round. But, don’t get caught up in thinking a winter vacation needs to be somewhere warm. Because there are things in Iceland that only happen during the winter that you won’t want to miss.
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