8 Reasons Iceland Should Be Your Next Destination

Learn why Iceland’s endless natural beauty, friendly locals, and status as one of the safest countries in the world make it the perfect choice for your next trip

by JULIE HANCOCK

December 14, 2022

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8 REASONS ICELAND SHOULD BE YOUR NEXT DESTINATION
  1. Stunning Scenery
  2. Bucket List Phenomena
  3. Vibrant Cities
  4. Ease of Access
  5. No Communication Barriers
  6. Safety
  7. Like-Minded Community
  8. Variety of Routes
    ↠ Golden Circle
    ↠ Ring Road
    ↠ Diamond Circle
    ↠ Arctic Coast Way

Planning a trip as a solo traveler, new traveler, or someone who may have safety concerns can be a daunting task. Choosing a destination that sets you up for success is important, and we believe Iceland is that destination. Iceland’s endless natural beauty, friendly locals, and status as one of the safest countries in the world make it the perfect choice for your next trip.

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Stunning Scenery

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Bucket List Phenomena

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Vibrant Cities

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Ease of Access

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No Communication Barriers

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Safety

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Like-Minded Community

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Variety of Routes

Golden Circle

The Golden Circle route is by far the most popular route in Iceland and is perfect for travelers who only have a short amount of time in the country. It is possible to do this entire 186-mile loop from Reykjavik in a day or split it into two days if you’d like to take more time to savor the sights. The attractions along the Golden Circle include Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall. This can be done on your own with a rental car or you can book a tour to take you along the route.

Ring Road

If you have more time to spend exploring Iceland, the Ring Road is a great option. This 820-mile route encircles most of the country, allowing you to see a huge amount of attractions and natural beauty. Expect to take at least a week doing this drive, and check road conditions if you are traveling outside of the summer months.

Diamond Circle

The Diamond Circle is North Iceland’s version of the Golden Circle, so if you are visiting Akureyri it makes sense to take this beautiful sightseeing route. It takes you to four major sites: Lake Myvatn, Asbyrgi canyon, Dettifoss waterfall, and the popular whale-watching town of Husavik. Husavik is known as the whale-watching capital of Europe, so take advantage of a stop here and book a whale-watching tour!

Arctic Coast Way

For an off-the-beaten-path experience, consider driving the Arctic Coast Way. If you choose to do the entire route, it is an incredible 560 miles along Iceland’s north coast, right at the edge of the Arctic Circle. This is Iceland’s newest tourist route, only having opened in 2019, and is an incredible way to see some of Iceland’s most remote attractions.

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