Everyone should travel the northernmost Nordic country in the world at least once. Iceland’s natural beauty is something out of a fairytale story. Many people question the reality of surreal landscapes, until they see its majestic sights with their own eyes.
Although small in size and with only a population of about 330,000 (a bulk of which is found in the capital city of Reykjavic), tourists often compare this land to “heaven on Earth” -- and for good reason. Despite its misleading name, Iceland is far from the Arctic tundra that it is widely mistaken for. Lush meadows, gorgeous mountain ranges, and a diverse land full of natural wonder; even a few days in this country will be remembered for years to come!
Flights to Iceland
Keflavik International is Iceland’s largest and most frequented airport, serving an annual passenger base of 3.2 million and rising. Despite the country’s relatively small size as a tourist destination, there are nine direct flights from the United States alone with departure from cities including Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, Orlando, Seattle, and New York City.
All domestic flights are processed through Reykjavik’s local airport. Icelandair is the only airliner that offers nonstop flights to Iceland from the U.S., with SAS, Finnair, and Norwegian catering to the international tourist market.
What to Do in Iceland
No amount of time spent visiting Iceland is enough, but a week or so will give you plenty of opportunities to see the country’s top attractions. Stay a couple days in Reykjavik, where you will be welcomed by friendly locals and given the chance to explore the city.
A few hours in the Blue Lagoon, (a massive geothermal spa and the country’s top tourist “hot spots”) will prep you for the adventure ahead. Since Iceland is geographically diverse and that there are many miles between its famous natural wonders, you may want to rent a car and travel the Ring Road. This road circles around the entire country, and is by far the best way to experience Iceland’s beauty. Catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights in the off-season, and spend some time at Gullfoss, a gorgeous waterfall known for its mist sprays and rainbows.
Vacationing in Iceland is now cheaper than ever thanks to the high Krona-dollar exchange rate. A winter visit will net you even more savings, allowing you to see more for less! The food can get expensive in Reykavic, but stick to the local restaurants throughout the country for the best deals. Icelandic is the official language, but most residents speak English as a second.
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