Things to know before visiting Iceland
In recent times, Iceland has gained its fair share of popularity, becoming one of the most visited places in the entire world for a good number of reasons. This magnificent wonderland suits basically all types of travelers, from couples, to adrenalin junkies, to solo travelers in search of self-discovery. Iceland has an unmatched landscape unlike any other in the world, with some of the most wonderful hiking trails, hot springs, volcano peaks and of course waterfalls, almost everywhere you go. Being the popular destinations that it is, here are some tips to take into consideration before planning a trip to this place.
Travel Tip #1: Skip the Blue Lagoon
You’ve probably seen some photos on the internet of the immense beauty that the Blue Lagoon offers, but what you’ve probably haven’t heard about, is that the Blue Lagoon is a man-made structure which waters run off on Geo-Thermal power plants. The country of Iceland is popular for its vast amount of natural geothermal pools, and it seems a bit foolish to pay a heavy price for a man made pool.
Travel Tip #2: Don’t Eat Out
Iceland is already one of the most expensive places to visit, so if you’re traveling on a budget you might want to skip dining out at some of its fancy restaurants. The average meal consisting of a main dish, salad and a drink will cost you over 50$, so the smartest thing to do is hit the grocery store, as the prices there at least reasonable.
Travel Tip #3: See the volcanoes
Iceland is a home to the highest number of active volcanoes in the world, featuring about 30 active volcanoes, the country is no stranger to volcanic eruptions, as they tend to occur once every year or so. Most of the eruptions are harmless and don’t really pose a threat, instead they offer a spectacular view and once in a lifetime photo opportunity. Consider adding a trip to either one of Iceland’s most popular volcanoes sites such as: Helka, Eyjafjallajökull and Öræfajökull.
Travel Tip #4: Visit the small cities in Iceland
Even though Iceland is largely popular for its diverse nature and wild life, don’t exclude a trip to some of Iceland wonderful cities. Travelers often miss out on exploring the warm and colorful small cities in Iceland, by spending most of their time wondering in the capital Reykjavík. When planning your trip around Iceland, be sure to include cities that offer activities suitable for you, some more notable places that you might want to see are: Hvammstangi, Akureyri, Hofn and Egilsstadir which I highly recommend you visit if you’re keen on glaciers.
Travel Tip #5: Waterfall sightseeing
By now we’re already well aware that the lands of Iceland are not short from a natural wonderland and waterfalls are its crème de la crème. The country of Iceland features more than 10.000 waterfalls, each differentiating from one another but all equally beautiful nonetheless.
- Goðafoss: Waterfall of the gods in the Northeast
- Morsárfoss: Highest waterfall in Iceland
- Dettifoss: The most powerful waterfall in Europe
- Seljalandsfoss: You can stand behind this waterfall