Six reasons why I’d love to visit Iceland

Northern lights- Aurora Borealis

I have to be honest, and until I met G, Iceland would never have been somewhere on my ‘travel wishlist’. I’m more of a sunshine kinda gal – not necessarily just beach holidays, I love visiting cities too and immersing myself in the local culture and history. I don’t do well with the cold, so the thought of choosing to go on holiday to somewhere colder than the UK seemed like a crazy idea!

G however often talks about emigrating to Scandinavia, or taking a holiday to Iceland, and until recently I still wasn’t convinced {about a holiday – def not up for living somewhere cold permanently!!}. I came across an article the other week about the Northen Lights, accompanied by some of the most beautiful images I’ve ever seen – and realised just how stunning a country Iceland is. After reading a few articles, and seeing just how much there is to see and do, I *might* just be convinced to consider a holiday – I’ll just have to stock up on my thermals first!

The thought of Iceland conjures up images of roaring volcanoes, glaciers, icy mountains and deep fjords. judging by the photographs it is an amazingly beautiful country, that would be a fantastic place to visit.

Here are my top six things I’d love to do if or when we finally make it to Iceland:

1. Northern Lights

The Aurora Borealis – one of the most popular reasons to visit Iceland. They are visible from September until April, from any corner of Iceland, anytime between dusk and dawn. They are seriously so stunning and definitely top my list of must-see’s. Apparently the best time to view them is around midnight, when the lights should pass right over you.


2. Gullfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss is a huge waterfall on the river Hvita, it originates in the glacial lake Langjokull. Located in a canyon which forms steep terraces on three sides, it is one of natures most beautiful creations. Gullfoss translates to ‘golden falls’ – so named because the glacial sediment in the water turns the falls golden in the sunlight. I remember being mesmerised by waterfalls as a child – and this one is like no other that I have seen.

3.Thrihnukagigur Volcano

Thrihnukagigur volcano has been dormant for the past 4,000 years – meaning it is safe to descend right to the very bottom!! It’s the only volcano on earth that you can explore in this way – and what a great opportunity! While the idea of being inside a volcano is a little odd, it’s such a unique opportunity that I’d have to brave it!

4. Hallgrimskirkja

Hallgrimskirkja Church is Reykjavík’s main landmark, it’s tower is visible from pretty much everywhere in the city. The church was designed by Guðjón Samuel in 1937, who was inspired by the fascinating shapes and forms created when lava cools into basalt rock. It’s a unique looking building and also features an enormous pipe organ.

5. Black Sand Beach

A two-hour drive from Reykjavik, this is one of those special places you won’t find anywhere else. A black sand beach surrounded by glaciers and dormant volcanos, the rock formations are amazing and a must-see. I can imagine that seeing a beach covered in black sand will be slightly surreal, especially coupled with the Icelandic scenery.


6. Hiking up Thorsmork.

Iceland has plenty of mountain ranges, but one I’d most love to hike is Thorsmork. A mountain ridge that is named after the Norse god, Thor, it’s one of the most popular hiking areas. From there you can travel to glaciers, up to mountain summits, and to waterfalls. Full of beautiful scenery, it’s another must visit.

My kids have been fascinated with Iceland, and we’ve been reading up on some facts about the country. Have you visited Iceland? I’d love to know if you’ve been or have any other recommendations of places to visit or family friendly tips!

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