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Why you should choose Iceland for your next vacation destination

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Whether you want to travel with your friends, family members, or solo, Iceland will make the perfect vacation spot. With its magnificent, vast landscapes, this country is perfect for enjoying raw and untouched nature. Here is a list of reasons why you should put this Nordic country on your vacation bucket list:

The midnight sun

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Since Iceland is located below the Arctic Circle, the nights during summer are bright, with 24-hour daylight from the middle of May to late July. The summer solstice happens between the 20th and the 22nd of June, making it the time when the ethereal crown jewel of the island, the midnight sun, sets just after midnight and rises again before 3 am. Nothing will be able to compare to the moment when you are faced with the midnight sun.

The breathtaking Northern Lights

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The island’s location also ensures that it is among one of the best places in the world to see the Aurora Borealis or as it is often referred to, the Northern Lights. These out-of-this-world celestial wonders are usually seen from September to April and are one of the top reasons why people choose to visit Iceland outside the summer months.

The Icelandic Geothermal Baths

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Iceland’s supply of water is one of the most valuable natural resources that they have. Not only is the quality of drinking water high, but this country also has a long history of using geothermal energy as a power source. These geothermal natural pools can be found scattered all over the country, each situated in a completely different and unique natural environment.

The incredible whales

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Since the ocean surrounds Iceland, it provides the perfect conditions for over twenty species of whales to live in it. Over the years, it has become Europe’s whale watching capital. Whale watching is known for the high chances of spotting these wonderful sea giants. According to IcelandAdventureTours, a face to face encounter with the whales will be an experience that you will not be able to compare with anything else.

The food

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Icelandic cuisine is a modern reflection of the traditional food their forefathers used to make. Advancements in farming and greenhouses technologies, combined with the demand for natural, fresh ingredients, have helped the national cuisine to gain its own specific space within the New Nordic Cuisine. While embracing imagination and while remaining faithful to their traditions, chefs here produced extraordinary seafood and lamb dishes that implement fresh, locally grown ingredients. It is the home to a wide range of restaurants that serve what is now known as the New Cuisine.

The mountains

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The state is rich in various mountain ranges that could keep most mountaineers busy for a number of lives. Even the capital city is surrounded by peaks and a twenty-minute drive can take you away from the city environment and onto a hiking trail. The proximity and accessibility of the mountains made it a climber’s paradise which offers various, endless options, varying from length, difficulty, and height.

The Icelandic Horse

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This special animal called the Icelandic Horse has played an important role in the historical and cultural development of the country. This wonderful and quite special breed has amazed enthusiasts for years and at one point it was the country’s main attraction. During the colonization of the island, the first Vikings brought them along and throughout the ages, the harsh living and weather conditions have shaped their nature. This animal is known as gentle, but spirited and you will even have the chance to ride these amazing horses.

Conclusion

As you can see, Iceland is a country of vast natural beauty and wonders. It will offer you sights that cannot be found anywhere else in the world, the people are all friendly, and it is a relatively cheap country when it comes to accommodations and transport. Hence, do not waste any more time and start planning your trip to Iceland!



Peter is a freelance writer with more than eight years of experience covering topics in politics. He was one of the guys that were here when the foreignpolicyi.org started.