1) It’s a super creative place
Apparently 1 in 4 people who live in Iceland will publish at least one book in their lifetimes – how awesome is that?! This is just one example of Iceland’s brimming creativity – you’ll also find beautiful handmade jewellery, fantastic art and thought provoking photography.
2) It’s not as expensive as you think
It’s true that Iceland isn’t the cheapest place you’ll ever visit but there are plenty of ways to keep costs down. Staying in an Airbnb is loads cheaper than getting a hotel, and most bars run happy hours between 4-7pm. Fast food is generally less pricey, with Icelandic Fish & Chips being a firm favourite.
3) You might get to see the Northern Lights
A big draw for visiting this country is the chance of seeing the Northern Lights and it’s easy to see why. For the best chance of seeing nature’s very own light show, visit between September and February. There are plenty of places online where you can check the forecast too.
4) It’s very eco-friendly
The rest of the world could learn a thing or two from Iceland when it comes to being eco-friendly – around 85% of homes in Iceland are heated using geothermal energy and many fruits and vegetables are now grown in greenhouses that are powered with renewable energy sources.
5) You can take a soak in the Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon might be deemed a bit of a tourist trap, but that’s because everybody wants to visit it. You can take a soak in the milky waters of the geothermal spa and take in the beautiful surroundings, whilst also applying a totally natural mud mask and sipping prosecco. What’s not to love?!
6) The landscape is incredible
Volcanoes, mountains, waterfalls, glaciers, geysers… you name it, Iceland’s got it. You can even see the site where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are slowly starting to drift apart.
7) Tonnes of Game of Thrones scenes were filmed there
You can check out the locations of some of your favourite GoT moments in Iceland, including scenes set North of the Wall and the landscape that the Hound and Arya trek across. There is now even a dedicated tour now to help you out.
8) Reykjavik is beautifully bright
I don’t think I’ve ever visited a capital city as colourful as Reykjavik – every house is a different shade, the roads are covered in bright paintings and the street art is some of the best I’ve ever seen.
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