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We are going to Iceland! - 8 reasons why you should go too


I haven’t met any South African’s who actually wanted to go to Iceland. In fact, when you say you are planning a trip to Iceland there’s a silent pause and then “Ok... why Iceland?”

Any travel to Europe is expensive for most South African’s, especially for a holiday, and other cheaper options like Thailand or South America or the 4-hour flight to Mauritius is preferred.

So why Iceland? I have to admit that I also never thought of the small country of fire and ice as a travel destination, but I have read many travel blogs and articles about the island recently, and travelers love it.

So here are 8 reasons why:

  • The Northern Lights

Ah, the Northern Lights. I think every person on earth want to experience the beauty of this phenomenon at least once in their life. You can see it from most Scandinavian countries and a few others, but Iceland is a very popular spot to observe and photograph this.

  • Hot Water Geysers

Now we are talking! In a country with ice almost everywhere, the hot geysers are a welcoming feature at the end of a long day of travelling. The Blue Lagoon near the capital Reykjavik, is the most popular tourist attraction boasting a full spa and food and drinks. The Myvatn Nature Baths in the North at very popular too. There are also several other hot pools across the country and locals relax here at the end of their day.

  • Volcanoes and Lava fields

Are you also drawn to the massive power of volcanoes? There are quite a few in Iceland, some active, many inactive. You can even take a tour into a volcano to the centre of the earth. Ok, maybe not that far in, but still.

Lava fields are everywhere...

  • Glaciers

Icy glaziers, especially in the Western Fjords look amazing in pictures. Activities include hiking on glaciers, snowmobile tours and dog-sledding. The Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in the south is a blue lagoon with glaciers drifting around; a boat tour in this lagoon is a must.

There are tours to see ice caves in winter which sounds amazing.

  • Hiking

For nature lovers, hikers and bird watchers, hiking is a great way to see Iceland. There are trails for the seasoned as well as the leisurely hikers. There are several National Parks with trails and amazing waterfalls (Godafoss, Dettifoss and Svartifoss to name a few), lava fields and glaciers to explore.