Whether you want to travel solo, with some friends, or with your family, Iceland is the perfect vacation spot. With its extremely beautiful and vast landscapes, Iceland is a great place to enjoy some raw nature. Here are fifteen reasons why your next vacation sport should be Iceland!
1. Iceland is the Safest and Most Peaceful Country in the World
According to the 2016 Global Peace Index, Iceland is the world’s most peaceful country for the sixth year in a row. Iceland has no army, navy, or air force, and the country does not seem to need it. The police officers in Iceland do not carry guns even though some citizens of Iceland are armed. Iceland does however have a SWAT-team that carries weapons. Iceland is so safe that you can walk straight up to the president’s house, and you will not meet any security guards there. Many people go to the president’s house and take pictures in his front yard. Most of Iceland’s parliament members even have their addresses and phone numbers in the public phone book. There is no wonder why Yoko Ono decided to put up the Imagine Peace Tower, in memory of John Lennon, in Iceland.
2. The Nature is Magnificent
The Icelandic nature is a good enough reason alone to visit Iceland. Iceland is blessed with very diverse landscapes and natural wonders. No matter what season you visit Iceland you should be able to see something magical. In the winter time you might be able to spot some northern lights, and in the summer time, the midnight sun makes Iceland a wonderful pink and orange paradise. Iceland has many untouched landscapes that are becoming more and more rare in the world today. Iceland is therefore filled with unique photo opportunities. Explore some of Iceland’s glaciers, geysers, waterfalls, volcanoes, and caves, and enjoy the view!
3. Iceland is Closer Than You Might Think
Iceland is conveniently located between North America and Europe. The average flight time between New York and Iceland, or Boston and Iceland is between five and six hours. That is very similar to flying between the East and the West coast of the U.S. Iceland is also just a short two-and-a-half-hour flight away from London. This makes Iceland the perfect stopover destination between Europe and North America. So if you want two vacations in one, do a stopover in Iceland before travelling from Europe to North America or vice versa.
4. Everybody is Equal
According the Global Gender Gap Report, Iceland tops the list for being the country with the most gender equality in the world for the seventh straight year in a row. Iceland is often referred to as the most feminist place in the world. In 1980 Iceland elected the first democratically elected female president in the world. In 2009, Iceland also elected Johanna Sigurdardottir as the prime minister of Iceland, and she became the world’s first gay head of government. In Iceland, gay marriage is legal, and same-sex couples have equal access to adoption and IVF. Iceland is a very progressive country, and we welcome everyone.
5. (Almost) Everyone Speaks English
If you are worried about travelling to a foreign country and not being able to speak to anyone, don’t you worry! In Iceland, almost everybody speaks English. All children are required to learn both English and Danish in elementary schools, so most Icelanders have a very good knowledge of three languages when they graduate middle school and high school. You don’t need to worry about any language barriers, but we do encourage you to learn a few fun phrases in Icelandic!
6. The Nightlife in Iceland is Immensely Fun
If you want to experience a fun night out, Iceland is a great place to do so. Most locals will start partying in house parties, and won’t show up downtown for the bars and the night clubs until around 1 am. But don't worry, the party then goes on for several hours, and doesn’t usually end until around five in the morning. The extremely ambitions party goers will then continue on to after parties, and party all morning. Iceland has many fun little bars where you can meet and chat up some locals. You can also visit some of Iceland’s night clubs for a night of dancing.
7. Iceland is Perfect for Day Tours
You don’t have to travel far out of the capital to see some magnificent nature. With only a thirty-minute drive you can be out of the capital and in the midst of some untouched nature. Our local guides know all of the best spots to go and they can give you some additional information about Iceland as you travel around the country. If you want to partake in some activities such as glacier hiking or caving, you will need to have a guide with you for safety reasons. Click here to see some of our day tours.
8. Iceland is Great for the Whole Family
In case you didn’t catch it in the first part of this blog post, I’ll repeat it: Iceland is very safe! When planning a family vacation, it is very reassuring to know that your family will be safe. Iceland is a very family friendly country. Many grocery stores offer free fruit for kids, as you grocery shop, and many restaurants have special deals for children. Many places in Iceland encourage public breastfeeding in Iceland, and there is no social stigma about it. Iceland is also filled with many fun family friendly activities such as horseback riding and kayaking.
9. All of the Celebrities are doing it
Icelandic is often used as a filming location for Hollywood films and tv shows. The majestic Icelandic nature is often the perfect location for movies and TV shows. But, the celebrities are not only coming to Iceland to film, but also to vacation. Celebrities such as Beyonce, Jay Z, Kanye West, The Kardashians, Justin Bieber, and Bill Gates, have all vacationed in Iceland. If you want to follow in the footsteps of Beyonce and Jay Z, you should visit Iceland too!
10. You Can Experience a Super Jeep Ride
Super jeeps are the only cars that will take you anywhere in Iceland. There are many places in Iceland where you cannot go on a regular car, or even a regular jeep. Super jeeps can drive on the Icelandic glaciers and in the Icelandic highlands. Riding in a super jeep is very extreme and unique, plus it looks super cool! Click here for our super jeep tours.
11. Unique Cuisine
Iceland is known for its unique cuisine. In Iceland you can go to a restaurant and get amazingly fresh seafood that was caught earlier that day. You can also try some special Icelandic dishes such as skyr, lamb, fermented shark, and puffin. Iceland’s most frequented restaurant is not a fancy five-star restaurant, but instead a hot dog stand. Many famous people have eaten there, such as former U.S. president, Bill Clinton.
12. Iceland is one of the Happiest Countries in the World
According the World Happiness Report, Iceland ranks third in the world for happiness. If you travel to Iceland, you will surely find some happy and friendly locals to talk to. The local Icelandic swimming pools are a great place to meet new people where you can have fun and interesting conversations with the locals.
13. Iceland has Unique Animals You Won’t See Everywhere
Iceland does not only have unique landscapes, but it also has some unique animals. One of the most famous Icelandic animals is the Puffin. Puffins are seabirds that only come to Iceland to hatch eggs over the summer months. Iceland is also known for a special breed of horse, the Icelandic Horse. The Icelandic horses are small and long-lived, and many Icelanders get really offended if you call the Icelandic horses, ponies. Iceland is also a great place to go whale watching. The ocean around Iceland has many different types of whales and dolphins, and they often like to show off for the people watching.
14. Iceland Has Countless Fun Activities
Whether you love adrenaline and adventure, or if you like to explore the world in a calm manner, Iceland is the place for you. Iceland has many fun activities for the thrill seekers such as snowmobiling, paragliding, river rafting, and diving. Iceland also has activities for the more cautious traveler such as whale watching, hiking, snorkeling, and exotic bathing. Iceland is full of fun activities for everyone!
15. Reykjavik is Amazing
Reykjavik is the northernmost capital in the world. The capital is quite tiny in comparison to other countries capitals, but it has a special charm to it. Iceland is known for its tiny and colorful houses that make the city look friendly and inviting. Reykjavik is surrounded by mountains and the ocean, and you can always see some nature no matter where you are located in Reykjavik. Reykjavik is also a great place for some live music and entertainment.
So what are you waiting for? Start planning your next vacation to Iceland!