Lava field in Iceland

What’s So Special About Iceland

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There are few places on our planet which are so unique, so special, and so different from anything else you might have seen. So where do you find one? One where you can travel without having to spend your lifetime savings or 30hrs on a plane and even more on a boat… A place that is close enough, affordable, yet so different from all the rest…

Ice on the beach Jokulsarlon

Jokulsarlon Coastline


Just 3 hours flying from Amsterdam or Brussels and less than 6 hours from New York, Iceland is much more accessible than most people think. There are more myths about Iceland, the most popular one probably related to the name. Let’s put this one straight: Iceland is not all ice, actually it’s pretty green – in summer. You may have heard the saying ICEland is GREEN and GREENland is ICE. Well, there is some truth in it.

Volcano and Sheep in Northern Iceland

Volcano and sheep in Northern Iceland


So what makes Iceland so special?

Almost everything. Let me try to summarize:

  • Very few people
  • Lots of nature
  • Very low crime rate
  • Waterfalls in all shapes and sizes
  • Geysers and geothermal energy
  • Volcanoes
  • Huge lava fields
  • Black sandy beaches
  • Hot springs
  • Glaciers and adjacent lagoons with icebergs, ice caves
  • Endless days in summer and Northern Lights in winter
  • Wildlife: puffins, whales, reindeer, lots of sheep and even more horses
  • Traditional food: Skyr (a kind of yoghurt which Icelanders eat in all forms – think ‘skyramisu’), lava chocolate, smoked lamb, or fermented shark

These are just a few reasons to discover Iceland… and don’t forget the elves and the trolls, of course. Iceland is all this and so much more. It’s one of a kind!

There is one thing that everyone who’s been to Iceland seems to agree upon: it’s a bucket list destination!

And since a picture says more than a thousand words, here is a small selection from my two trips to Iceland (2006 & 2015)…

Winter waterfall against dramatic sky in Thingvellir National Park in Iceland

Waterfall in Thingvellir National Park

Hiker standing at a foot of a majestic Skogafoss Waterfall in Southern Iceland

Skogafoss Waterfall

Hiker standing on a cliff at a glacier in Skaftafell National Park Iceland at sunset in winter

Skaftafell National Park

Geothermal area of Namaskard in Northern Iceland

Geothermal area of Namaskard

Winter waterfall in Thingvellir Iceland

Winter waterfall

Glacier Hiking in Southern Iceland

Glacier Hike

Mountain reflections Southern Iceland

Mountain reflections

Iceberg on a coast of Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon in Iceland

Ice on Jokulsarlon Beach

Turf Houses in Southern Iceland

Icelandic Turf Houses

Ice Formations on JOkulsarlon coast at sunset Iceland

Jokulsarlon coastline at sunset

Black Lava Beaches in Southern Iceland

Black Lava Coast South Iceland

Thingvellir National Park landscape and dramatic sky in winter

Thingvellir National Park

Reindeer in Southern Iceland

Icelandic reindeer

Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon ice formations in winter

Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon

Icelandic Horses at a glacier

Icelandic Horses

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Iceland and winter landscape

Seljalandsfoss waterfall in winter

Hot pools - Myvatn Nature Baths in North-East Iceland

Myvatn Nature Baths


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Read more:
Iceland Itinerary Suggestions
When to Go to Iceland: Summer vs Winter

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