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…
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.
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
- 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)…