10 Reasons Why You Need To Visit Iceland

Iceland, a country rich with roaring volcanoes, monolithic glaciers, icy mountains and deep fjords, has become a mecca for photographers looking to capture the raw, mystical power of its natural northern beauty.
There’s plenty of amazing sights in Iceland, from waterfalls to volcanic landscapes, and it makes a fantastic travel destination. Just take a look at the 10 reasons to visit and you’ll soon understand why need to see this spectacular place at least once in your life.

1- Waterfalls, Waterfalls, and more Waterfalls
One of the most sought after attractions in Iceland is the waterfalls. There’s a huge variety of them and they can be found almost anywhere. Some are enormous and powerful, others smaller, but they’re all magnificent.

Sunset Curtain Call at Seljalandsfoss, Iceland - by David Shield Photography
2- Volcanic Crater Lakes

In some of Iceland’s volcanos, especially in the western volcanic zone, lakes have formed in the craters. They look absolutely amazing, especially when they have such bright blue hues!

3- Volcanic Rivers
Many rivers flow through Iceland’s glacial ice and beds of volcanic ash. When seen from above, like in this photo, they almost look more like part of an abstract painting than a natural phenomenon.

4- Svartifoss Waterfall
In Skafatell National Park, in the eastern region of Iceland, is the Svartifoss Waterfall. Its name translates to English as Black Fall and it’s a huge attraction, largely due to the surrounding geometrically-shaped black lava columns.

5- Mountains, Glorious Mountains
Iceland is home to plenty of fantastic mountain ranges that could keep any hiker occupied for a lifetime. Climb up to the top for breathtaking views or enjoy the scenery from the bottom. Either way, you’re bound to be astounded.

6- Hofskirkja Turf Church
The Hofskirkja Turf Church, made up of wood and peat (turf), is one of the last peat churches in Iceland. Those humps you see in the grass are actually ancient graves.

7- The Northern Lights
You can see the fantastic northern lights, or aurora borealis in Iceland. The best time to view the natural sensation is in September and October or March and April, when it most often occurs. Also, if you can, try to see it around midnight, when the lights are said to pass right over observers.

8- Mount Kirkjufell
Near Grundarfjordur, a tiny town in Western Iceland with about 900 residents, is Mount Kirkjufell. The mountain sits on a little peninsula and its summit is 1500 feet above sea level.

9- Breathtaking Ice Caves
Sometimes called crystal caves, Iceland has several ice caves that temporarily form at the edge of glaciers. The insides of them are completely mesmerizing.

10- Beautiful Beaches
Even though Iceland doesn’t have sunny and warm weather year round, their beaches are still something to boast about. They have gorgeous settings and unique features, some with black sand and rocks, others surrounded by basalt caves.

Iceland is, in both geological and historical aspects, a relatively young country. Its violent geological upheaval is all due to its position at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which marks the separation point of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. It is believed that Iceland formed only 16 to 18 million years ago.

The eruptions of Icelandic volcanoes have impacted the course of human events throughout history. In 1783, the eruption of Laki caused widespread devastation throughout Europe, and even caused a famine in Egypt and interrupted monsoon patterns in Northern Africa and India. In 2010, the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull sent up clouds of ash across Europe, grounding thousands of flights.