5 Reasons to Discover Iceland

02 May 2015

Have you ever considered a trip to the country of Björk and of the trolls? Iceland is known for its rich cultural heritage, horses, volcanic activity, fairy tales and stunningly beautiful landscapes. Its inhabitants formerly roamed Europe and discovered North America. Nowadays, they are most commonly known for having treated their banking system differently than the rest of the world: they decided to not save them with tax payer's money. Behind this backdrop, getting to know this strongly independent people and their country, which is abundant in natural beauty, is a must for nature lovers.

Here are our 5 reasons why you should absolutely discover Iceland:

1. Take a bath in the famous Blue Lagoon

Located in Southwest Iceland, the Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa, the water of which is rich in minerals and said to have a healing effect on people suffering from skin conditions. The water is around 40°C and, therefore, enjoyable all year round.

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2. Go hiking on lava fields

Where else in Europe can you go hiking on lava fields that extensively? Iceland is home to many challenging but truly beautiful hikes across lava fields and stunning sceneries. Extreme Iceland is one of the tour providers offering guided tours. Therefore, this should absolutely be on your bucket list! You will come to see why Icelandic folklore is that rich.

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3. Go tölting on an Icelandic horse

Yep, you read right. The tölt is a highly special, lateral ambling gait used by the horses to move in uneven territory and is inherited genetically. There are only 3 different breeds that use similar gaits: the Icelandic horse, the American Saddlebred, the Latinoamerican Paso Fino and the Tennessee Walking Horse. However, the Icelandic horse's version is said to be especially comfortable for riders – it nearly feels like sitting on a sofa! Hence, you should totally take at least one ride to experience how a tölt feels like.

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4. Go watch a Geysir

This really is a must in a volcanic country like Iceland. Go watch the Strokkur, which erupts every 5 minutes. It's an experience in itself!

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5. Take a tour through Reykjavik

Reykjavik is Iceland's capital and known for its nightlife. You should absolutely take a tour through its streets, savour some of its restaurants and go enjoy some bars. Note that Icelanders usually drink alcohol at home and then appear at the bars around midnight. Just do as the Icelanders do and go experience the Icelandic way of celebrating for a night!

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