Iceland looks similar to a far off mystical world on Mars. Iceland holds more than just a long cold winter. This small island country just near the coast of the United Kingdom holds places and scenery that most people can only read about in “Lord of The Rings.”

  1. Blue Lagoon
blue lagoon
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Jet black volcanic rock sits as the backdrop of the natural hot springs which highlight their bright blue waters. It’s as if you have stepped into a fairytale. This private spa has various amenities; perfect for relaxation and skin care that all comes from the earth itself. Not only a fun, relaxing day but a beautiful vision as well.

  1. Vestrahorn Mountain
Vestrahorn Mountain
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One of the tallest peaks in Iceland, Vestrahorn Mountain, is reigning in its’ magnificence. Clear lagoon waters sit at its’ base, but more noticeably the black sand beach pronounces the natural wonder of the mountain. Vestrahorn Mountain is a photographer’s utopia with the array of colors aligning the horizon.

  1. Waterfalls
Skogafoss
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There are plenty of waterfalls to visit throughout Iceland. It is more of a question, which type of waterfall do you want to see? A few examples would be Skogafoss that is surrounded by bright green banks from the moss. Seljalandsfoss, where you can walk behind it for a more stunning view of the Icelandic countryside. Lastly, Gullfoss is a standard waterfall, but in winter as the water freezes, the vision is captivating.

  1. Hallgrimskirkja

Hallgrimskirkja

You do not have to be religious to appreciate one of the most stunning churches in all of Europe. This church is entirely different and stands out among the typical Gothic churches that dot all of Europe. Where ever you happen to be in the capital, you can see the church. The volcanic basalt pillars are the inspiration for the architectural style that matches the landscape.

  1. Walk in Vatnajokull Glacier
Vatnajokull Glacier
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This glacier makes up 8% of Iceland. What is even cooler, is that with a guided tour, you can see parts of the glacier up close. You can also be underneath the glacier at some points in your visit. Walking on or beneath a glacier is a once in lifetime experience. The best time to go is in the winter when it is frozen the most.

  1. The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis
Northern Lights
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One of the most famous sights throughout the entire world, the Northern Lights can be seen from many parts of Iceland. The best time to watch is from October to April; the most prominent is between December and February. The Northern Lights have been mentioned throughout history. The Vikings thought the Northen lights delivered dead souls to the afterlife.

Last Word

Of course, these are not just the only reasons to visit this unique and wild country. A week in Iceland will only give you a small taste of it. You can feel as if you are one of the first explorers to see Iceland and you will crave more.