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Why Iceland Rocks

by Cameron King

Oct 6, 2014

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland © Stanislav Moroz | Dreamstime

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There’s a number of reasons Iceland rocks. But, let’s be real, people swap stories about the best places in Europe to travel, and most skip over one of Europe’s hidden gems on their way over. Iceland, home of volcanoes, mountains, thermal geysers and a whole island filled with adventure, can be experienced for much less than your typical European excursion.

There are only 325,671 people on 103,000 square kilometers, which makes Iceland the least densely populated country in all of Europe.Iceland boasts an enormous amount of adventure activities,. Starting with the best of them, the Blue Lagoon is a natural thermal spa in Iceland, and it’s the most visited. Also, The Northern Lights over the June 21 solstice and on Dec. 21 are among the best times to view them.

The Viking World Museum is also notably one of Iceland’s most visited attractions. It boasts five exhibitions, a settlement zoo, a playground and an outdoor classroom.

The Gullfoss Waterfall may be one of the most eye-catching attractions in south Iceland and certainly the biggest, however, Iceland boasts more than 24 independent waterfalls. Iceland also has more than 130 volcanic mountains, but only possesses 18 active ones (which have shown activity in the last 100 years).

With a scenic landscape second to none, Iceland is far overlooked by many tourists, but it definitely shouldn’t be. With everything from jeep tours, wildlife excursions to see polar bears, whale-watching tours, volcano expeditions and thermal geyser spa treatments, Iceland should be a top destination for many people, especially Americans on the East Coast.

Instead of the Caribbean islands for your next vacation, look to the great northeast for an adventure trip that’s not only affordable, but will feel out of this world.

 

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