The incredible natural beauty of Iceland, with its numerous volcanoes, fjords, hot springs and, of course, the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, draws an increasing number of tourists to its shores each year. This small but diverse country has much to offer.
Iceland sits atop a 40,000 km-long crack in the ocean floor, making it one of the most volcanic-ally active areas on earth. This same geological activity is also responsible for some of the most dramatic features of Icelandic nature, including the mountainous landscapes, black lava fields, and geothermal pools and geysers. Hot springs can be found nearly everywhere!
This vast source of geothermal energy benefits the country in ways other than stunning scenery and adventure opportunities. Geothermal heat and hydroelectric power have contributed to making Iceland one of the least polluted countries in the world.
But natural beauty is not all that is on offer! Iceland was first inhabited by the Vikings in the 10th century, and still today there are tight family ties, a strong sense of tradition, and a powerful bond with nature. There is a thriving cultural and music scene in Reykjavik, which spreads across the country in the summer months and puts nearly every kind of music on display.
Summer is the obvious time to visit, as the weather is temperate and there are long daylight hours. Winter can be a lovely time to visit as well, when beautiful blue ice caves are open and chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis increase ten-fold!
No matter when you choose to go, Iceland is a fantastic destination, full kind people, good music, fascinating history, and spectacular natural beauty waiting to be explored.