If you’re sitting on your sofa, looking out across the cityscape and wondering if it’s time to explore a little – we have a place in mind. We aren’t talking a weekend away in Monaco, or Mykonos, or Dubai; forget the blue skies, the beaches and the palm trees. How about amazing views, breath-taking landscapes and natural spectacles? These adjectives do not begin to do justice to the enormity of beauty waiting to be found in Iceland.
Do not be deterred by the extreme weather conditions, instead, prepare yourself for a country different in every way. Black volcanic gravel and soft white snow. Grey jagged rocks and star filled deep blue skies. Aurora borealis electrifying the sky with a shock of green – plunging even the most dismissive of thinkers into a chasm of contemplation. Iceland has seemingly arrived on the niche holiday-goers map as the world finally marvels in its natural beauty and extravagance.
Iceland has seen a superb growth in tourism over the past 5 years and from the breath-taking scenery to the overall experience, this comes as no surprise. Simply put, Iceland is not for the mundane or the boring but for the adventurers and the curious. The beautiful truth of Iceland is that there isn’t just one Iceland to discover – there is so much to see and so much to do that every experience differs from the next.
Set in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Iceland’s obscure location is almost it’s hidden strength. Being based almost directly between Europe and North America, Iceland was originally a perfect go to hub – a midway point for long-haul flights giving jetsetters the option to break up their journey. This momentum began building the popularity and mystique of this radiant forgotten island and could well be a contributing reason for its rise to prominence.
A country the size of England, Iceland is predominantly made up of volcanic desert, ice blue glaciers, geysers, canyons, waterfalls, far stretching rivers and frozen lakes lost out in the wild. A far cry from the busy commercial metropolis’ of city life, Iceland still has its heart and soul very much intact and offers both real yet surreal escapism. The air is far clearer than the more travelled locations in the world and due to the general lack of pollution and artificial light, stars stretch the scape of the sky – a beautiful reminder of what lies above, far and beyond.
You can walk to along a beach of volcanic gravel as the wind orchestrates a vicious shoreline. Black-jagged rocks emerge from the ocean like prehistoric teeth, eternal and unmoved by the crashing waves. If these sights aren’t alluring enough then there is always the most spectacular natural phenomena on earth to behold – The Northern Lights. In-essence for any traveller Iceland is highly recommended as a unique destination full of beauty and discovery. So, what are you waiting for? Your next adventure awaits…
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Photography: Mario Botta