Iceland was always number one on my list of “where should I go next”. This country has successfully drawn me to it from years ago. Everything I learned about Iceland just made me fall in love and visiting it prove me that you could love a place even more after you see it in a first person. So here is why I recommend you to visit Iceland :
It’s a definition of balance
Iceland located in the north part of the globe that makes Iceland could be really cold even on their summer days (I was there in June 2018, was 8 degree celcius and they said it was summer) and the glaciers and ice caps cover 11.1% of the land area of the country (about 11,400 km² out of the total area of 103,125 km²)* make this place too cold to live in. But on the other side Iceland has hundreds of geyser (a hot spring in which water intermittently boils, sending a tall column of water and steam into the air) which provide the heating for around 80% of icelandic houses and car parks so there wouldn’t be snow on them during the winter and hot bathing pools for tourist and locals. Iceland also use geothermal as 20% of their renewable energy source. So, it is a perfect definition of balance.
Clear water and air
You will not realised how refreshing water can be until you drink icelandic water. This water comes from melting glaciers that iceland has and it supplies the whole country and some countries next to it. Iceland’s air is the cleanest air in the world. People uses low emission cars and maybe because their energy source is from nature as well hence it doesn’t have a big contribution to pollution.
What are you looking for when you go traveling? Party, booze, nature? If you are more like a nature person and wanting to stay away from the hectic daily life, Iceland is perfect for you. It has glaciers that you could climb, a lot of beautiful waterfalls, northern light (during the winter time), beautiful icelandic horses, and scenic road across the country (I will write more about this on my next post) which is so perfect if you are willing to clear your mind and enjoy the nature.
Low crime rate
When I was walking in Reykjavik – Iceland capital, I didn’t see any police officers nor military. I googled it and I saw one article that state Iceland doesn’t have any military. They have police department but their police officers have never carried guns when they patrol, it is just a prove that Iceland is and feels very safe.
Equality and Freedom for the people
Women make up 66% of graduates from University, hold 30 of the country’s 62 parliamentary seats (48%), and elected their first female prime minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir from 2009 to 2013. On top of all of this, over 80% of women in Iceland make up part of the work force **). The LGBTQ community is also celebrated here and the latest survey says that they are happiest in this country.
It is where Thor comes from
Thor, a Marvel hero is part of Norse Mythology and he is from Iceland. Here, they are building Thor temple and they have Cafe Loki. You could learn about Thor and Loki from the Norse Mythology itself and getting more information about them (if you are a fan), so there you go.
For me personally, Iceland is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been to and I can’t wait to book my second trip there to see more of the country. You could drop your comment below if you want to join me next time. See ya there!