Tourism figures in Iceland are at record levels with a growth of +264% in 6 years. The Isle of Fire and Ice records each year between 20 and 30% more tourists. In short, it is one of the most popular destinations of the moment and for good reason, there are so many things to discover when visiting Iceland. Its proximity makes it an ideal destination for weekends and other short breaks.
Iceland: a paradise for nature lovers
Nature is particularly generous and beautiful in Iceland. The island is home to so many natural attractions. Specialized tour operators such as Iceland Explora then include escapades into the heart of nature on many of the tours they offer to travellers.
Some emblematic natural sites are part of almost all tourist tours in Iceland. This is the case of the Blue Lagoon, a popular spa resort, which tourists take by storm during the high season. This artificial lake is in the heart of a lava field. It was originally planned to supply Reykjavik and Reykjanes with hot water.
But the site is so beautiful that it quickly became an essential stopover during a visit to Iceland. In addition to the pleasure of swimming in warm water in cold weather, Blue Lagoon water has many benefits for the body. Rich in mineral salts, microalgae and silicates, it treats some skin problems: psoriasis, eczema, wrinkles and fine lines, etc.
Many other unique natural sites await you during a visit to Iceland:
– Geysir, the geyser region (knowing that this name comes from there) You will find an impressive concentration of geysers, some of whom are active and immense.
– Waterfalls, because Iceland is full of them (Skogafoss, Gullfoss, Haifoss, Hraunfossar, etc.)
– Icebergs and glaciers, because Iceland is also full of them. Don’t miss the glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón, for example.
– The Hverir/Námafjall geothermal zone
– The Vestmann Islands
– Kerið Crater
Icelandic nature and much more
Hiking in IcelandYes, there are many natural attractions that can be discovered and enjoyed during a visit to Iceland. It would be a shame, however, to be satisfied with it and not discover the other facets of this magnificent destination. It should not be forgotten that Iceland is rich in a millenary history and a culture whose remains are just as essential as the natural sites.
Iceland’s historical heritage is still very much alive through its cultural heritage and the way of life of its people. Did you know that the Icelandic population is of Scandinavian and Celtic origin? Iceland is also a country of Vikings and they have left their mark through various remains, including the language. It is also possible to choose a tour specially dedicated to Vikings during a visit to Iceland. Several sites would then be essential:
– The fjords of the eastern part of the island where the Vikings entered
– Stokksnes, an all-Viking area with typical landscapes, houses and villages
– The Vatnajökull glaciers which are located on the road used by the Vikings to enter the interior
– The Vatnses Peninsula
Iceland is the trendy destination of the moment and this enthusiasm is unlikely to diminish in the coming years. Now is the time or never if you want to discover this destination. Indeed, mass tourism is not far away. Need more information to prepare your visit to Iceland? Visit the page dedicated to this destination on the Routard Guide.