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I barely remember hearing anything about the tiny Nordic island nation five years ago. Now, it seems everyone is rushing to experience the country for themselves. And for good reason -- Iceland is stunning.

I barely remember hearing anything about the tiny Nordic island nation five years ago. Now, it seems everyone is rushing to experience the country for themselves. And for good reason -- Iceland is stunning.

I barely remember hearing anything about the tiny Nordic island nation five years ago. Now, it seems everyone is rushing to experience the country for themselves. And for good reason -- Iceland is stunning.

Iceland has been the hot new tourist destination for the past several years. I’m not sure who is in charge of their marketing and promotions department, but whoever it is, they need a raise. It seems as though every travel blogger I follow has been posting their own photos of Iceland.

I barely remember hearing anything about the tiny Nordic island nation five years ago. Now, it seems everyone is rushing to experience the country for themselves. And for good reason — the country is stunning.

Looking for a guide for the best things to do in Iceland? Click here!

Some facts about Iceland

  • The country is tiny — I mean seriously small. The entire island is just over 100,000 square km or 40,000 square miles. To put that into perspective — my home country of the United States is NINETY FIVE times larger than Iceland. Here’s a map I found comparing Iceland to the size of California:

Looking for a guide for the best things to do in Iceland? Click here!

If these facts alone aren’t enough to make you want to book a trip, here are my favorite photos of Iceland from my recent visit:

Waterfalls

If there is a country with more waterfalls than Iceland, I would love to visit. As we drove along the highway, a new, huge waterfall would appear every time we turned a corner. Some of the larger ones were set back off of the highway, while others flowed directly beside it. This waterfalls inspired me to do one of the best photos of Iceland.

Wide Open Spaces

Even though we visited during summer, which is peak season, we often drove with the roads all to ourselves. It was almost surreal to have this long stretch of highway surrounded by rolling green hills and frequent waterfalls laid out before us without anyone around to disturb the scene.

Midnight Sun

With such long summer days in Iceland, you’ll experience a phenomenon known as midnight sun. Although the sun has set and will rise again only a few hours later, it’s still bright outside. Even at midnight, there’s still plenty of sunlight. The opposite phenomenon occurs in winter, when Iceland only receives sunlight a few hours a day.

Idyllic towns

We completed the famous “Ring Road” on our journey, which is essentially a road trip that takes you around the entire country. As you drive along, keep in mind that only one-third of the population lives in these more rural areas. You’ll pass the most gorgeous postcard-worthy towns.

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Wildlife

In Iceland, you’ll have plenty of chances to get seriously close to the wildlife. Much of the wildlife roams free. In fact our car rental company warned us about suicidal sheep! They don’t pay attention to motorists before they run across the highway. Fortunately, we didn’t encounter any sheep with death wishes on our trip.

If you approach them very quietly, you can also capture photos of Iceland’s famous puffins. This photo took more than thirty minutes to capture, but it was completely worth it. One popular place to find puffins in Iceland is on your dinner plate, as locals often dine on them. Raw puffin heart is considered a local delicacy.

To read about the best meals I found during my time in Iceland click here.

Geyser Hot Springs

A popular stop on the Ring Road is the Geyser Hot Springs. These geysers are highly active and erupt every few minutes, spouting water up to 30 meters (100 feet) into the air.

Nearby the geysers, boiling mud pits and steam vents can be found. The temperatures of the boiling mud pits can reach up to 200 degrees Celsius or nearly 400 degrees Fahrenheit!

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Some of the purest water on the planet

The water in Iceland is so clean that even the government’s tourism website encourages you to drink straight from the source. One of the best ways to cut costs in this notoriously expensive country is to refill your water bottles every time you see a river or stream.

Glacier Lagoon

I’ve saved the best for last — the world-famous Glacier Lagoon. The lagoon is filled with large chunks of ice that were once part of larger glaciers. The deep blue lagoon waters, known as Jökulsárlón, are one of the country’s most popular tourist spots.

Contrary to what you might think from the photos, the lagoon’s waters aren’t still. The large ice pieces are constantly moving, slowly drifting past.


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I barely remember hearing anything about the tiny Nordic island nation five years ago. Now, it seems everyone is rushing to experience the country for themselves. And for good reason -- Iceland is stunning.

Which of these photos of Iceland is most likely to make you book your own trip? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Paul

Sunday 9th of April 2017

Wow these photos are amazing! We didn't really need any more to tempt us to visit Iceland but after looking at these it is right at the top of our bucket list!

Nathan

Thursday 13th of April 2017

I hope you get to make it soon! I loved Iceland. Now that I've been in the summer I want to return in the winter and see how different it is then.

Jes

Tuesday 4th of April 2017

You had me at geyser, but the glacier lagoons look amazing as well. It;s definitely a place I'd love to visit, but probably in the summer, we have enough snow in Canada ;)

Nathan

Wednesday 5th of April 2017

Fair enough! Now that I've experienced Iceland in the summer I think the winter would make for an interesting comparison!

Nisha

Tuesday 4th of April 2017

Oh, we have been wanting to go to Iceland for ages now. Hope someday we will. I liked the way you introduced the country with little know tidbits about the country. The midnight sun feeling would be quite eerie I think.

Nathan

Wednesday 5th of April 2017

The midnight sun definitely took some getting used to! We would show up to our hotels at nearly midnight asking for somewhere to eat for dinner not realizing everything had closed hours ago! It felt like if they sun were out everything should be open.

Saania Ali

Tuesday 4th of April 2017

Fabulous photography! I loved all, but the Glacier Lagoon looks amazing. I wish at least one of these should be my next vacation place. I hope I will get to go :) Thanks for sharing such a great places.

Nathan

Wednesday 5th of April 2017

I loved the glacier lagoon also! It was somehow really peaceful and very beautiful. I hope you are able to go soon also!

Lauren

Tuesday 4th of April 2017

We did a two week road trip of Iceland last year and it was an incredible experience! Even though the island seems small, it actually takes a lot longer than you think to drive around it! That could also be because we were stopping every 5 seconds to take pictures ;)

Nathan

Wednesday 5th of April 2017

That was the same for us! We could have done the trip a lot quicker if we didn't keep stopping for photos. The country is so gorgeous.

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