​Iceland is not only a bridge between continents, but a country of sharp contrasts.  It is country where the summer’s midnight sun are offset by dark winters and where volcanic fire meets glacier ice.

Iceland is the best holiday destination to visit if you want to see all extremes in one trip.  From exploring active volcanos, swimming in steaming hot spas surrounded by lava fields, hunting the elusive Northern Lights and seeing bursting geysers.

Here are 25 reasons why you should definitely pack your bags right now:

1.  Blue Lagoon Iceland
​​This lagoon, at a steamy 37-39° Celsius, is a very unique Iceland attraction and offers the ultimate spa treatment with volcanic rock scrubs (I know this sounds painful and very relaxing at the same time).
2.  Northern Lights
The light show at Disney’s studios is impressive, but you will be blown away by this breathtaking natural phenomenon.  These dazzling lights should be top of your list when you visit Iceland. The Thingvellir National Park is the best place to see the aurora borealis and is best observed from November to March.

4.  Strokkur Geyser
No need to call a plumber, this is just an Iceland eruption.  This geyser also known as the “The Churn” spout very hot water 100 feet in the air every 5 – 10 minutes.
5.  Silfra Ridge
Have you ever wanted to be at two places at once?  Well this is the only place in the world where you can scuba dive or snorkel between two continents – the Eurasian and American tectonic plates.
6.  Golden Circle
These are not tickets to a rock concert, but a popular road trip for those who only have a day to explore some of Iceland’s stunning sights.  This popular Iceland tour covering the Strokkur geyer, Thingvellir National Park and the Gullfoss waterfalls is a mere 300 kilometres circle route.
7.  Gullfoss Waterfall
Also called the “golden” waterfall, situated at the farthest point of the golden circle route. It is Iceland’s most beautiful and popular waterfall and cascades down terraces in a canyon.
8.  Reykjavik
The starting point for your Iceland tour, the world’s most northerly capital.   The capital of Iceland combines colourful houses, creative people and an abundance of museums.

9.  Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
This is a great place to view the northern lights through a curtain of glittering mist (just be sure to get a waterproof pouch for your camera while standing inside the waterfall). 
10.  See The Earth Move
This is not the lyrics of a song, but where North American and European tectonic plates are slowing moving apart at an average of 2cm per year.

Iceland is a place where a mid-ocean ridge can be seen on land..

What’s more, Iceland is probably the only place in the world where the effects of two major tectonic plates drifting apart can easily be observed above sea level.

As well as its astounding beauty, the dramatic landscape at Þingvellir (Thingvellir) offers a chance to sight, on land and in shallow waters, the tectonic processes occurring along the submarine parts of a divergent ridge; processes that have been at play for millions of years.

12.  Ring Road
Apparently Iceland looks like a duck on the map (if you use your imagination) and if you are searching for an unforgettable adventure experience, you have to take you motorcycle and tour Iceland for a week all around the body of the duck.
13.  Whale Watching
These gentle marine giants can be seen from May to September especially around Reykjavik (and sometimes even on your plate, Icelanders hunt whales, cruel I know).
14.  Iceland Glaciers
Do you want to feel like the next James Bond?  Shoot across the Langjokull glacier on a high speed skidoo surrounded by crisp blue skies and Icelandic mountains.
15.  Iceland Fjords
Iceland’s western most points are know as the “endpoints of the earth” with massive sea cliffs.  
As you can see there are also very willing to be photographed Puffins..
16.  ​Skaftafell Ice Caves
This blue ice cave can be seen after heavy rain in the winter and even the slightest movement of the glacier is heard loudly in the cave (better not to pass any wind in here).   
18.  Iceland Has No Trees
Oh well this is not completely true, but trees are very hard to find.  This is due the activities of the Vikings many years ago such as logging for fuel and building materials and unchecked sheep grazing.
19.  Icelandic Hot Dogs
Apparently it is the lamb in the sausage mix that is making this such a treat.  Icelanders top them with deep-fried onions, sweet mustard, ketchup and remoulade.
20.  Best Vodka In The World
What better way to warm those inner bones while in icy Iceland.  Reyka is claimed by many as the best vodka in the world because it is made with water that comes from a 4000 year old lava field.  Skál (it means cheers) to that!
21.  Fire Meets Ice
One of the best Reykjavik hotels, Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, offers just that.  A combination of mountainous lava fields, unforgettable Northern Lights and ancient glaciers and icy rivers.
22.  ​Free Flights To Reykjavik
Your flights to Iceland can indeed be free if you fly with Icelandair or Wowair between Europe and North America.  These airlines allow stopovers from one day up to a week at no additional airfare.  No need to get comfortable at the airport…
23.  Time Travel
Listening to the Icelandic language is like time travelling because the language has not changed since the Middle Ages.  You will be save if you can say ég borga (which means “I will pay”).
24.  Lush Green Wonderland
Why is Iceland Green and Greenland Ice?  Legends say the vikings first discovered a green island but tried to lure their enemies away so they sent word back that their island was actually an ice-land and that another island close by was an inhabitable green-land.
25.  Need More Hours In A Day? 
In summer Iceland has 21 hours of sun shine, you really don’t have any excuse not to fit in all these reasons to visit Iceland.
What are you waiting for, book an Iceland Fire and Ice tour (10 – 22 Aug 2017) with UpSouth today.  https://www.upsouthadventures.com/special-tour—iceland-allroad.html
​Elfriede Conradie

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