In some destinations, it’s impossible to see and do everything on offer in just one trip. These destinations warrant a second, third and even fourth holiday in order to truly experience all that’s available and enjoy every aspect of the country or region.
Though relatively small, Iceland is one such location that fits this description. However long you choose to stay, it’s difficult to tick everything off your list in a place that continues to grow in popularity and provides so much to travellers.
So, here are just a few reasons why Iceland will keep you coming back for more.
The Capital Is Just The Start
Most people head straight for the capital, Reykjavik, when they visit Iceland. However, whilst there’s plenty to fill a Reykjavik city break, there’s so much to experience elsewhere on the island and you’ll probably need to come back to do it all. Basing yourself in Akureyri, Seydisfjordur or any of the other traditional fishing towns and villages along the coast will help you see a more authentic side of Iceland and allow you to visit other spots without having to travel too far from your accommodation.
Whilst a stay in Reykjavik will allow you to take a tour of the famous Golden Circle, a must during your first visit, other regions are home to different sights that are equally as magnificent but much further off the beaten track.
Different Times Of Year
Due to its position just outside of the Arctic Circle, Iceland has two very distinct periods in which you can visit. During the summer months, increasingly long days give you much more time to see the wonders found in this part of the world and try some thrilling outdoor activities. Then, in June, as the long days peak, a phenomenon known as the Midnight Sun can be experienced. This is when the sun remains visible for the entire day, bathing the landscape in an extraordinary light that has inspired many artists and literary greats over the years.
In winter time, the effect is reversed. The days grow very short and darkness covers the land, offering a very different perspective of Iceland. Although this means less time to stand in awe of the nature on show, it also provides perfect conditions for spotting the Northern Lights. Take yourself away from the light pollution of the city and cross your figures for a clear sky and you’ve got a great chance of witnessing this breathtaking phenomenon.
Have you ever visited a natural wonder and thought to yourself “I could stand and admire this all day”? Iceland can boast so many of these sights. From waterfalls and volcanoes to deep-blue lakes, geysers, wildlife and stunning national parks, you’ll find yourself looking forward to the next time you get to see them again, before you’ve even left.
The land of fire and ice will continue to surprise you, too. Miles from the popular Gullfoss and Godafoss, lesser-known waterfalls found during an unscheduled stop will captivate you. The beautiful horses that roam free aren’t allowed to leave the island and then return, in order to protect the unique characteristics that mean they can cope with the harsh conditions, but they’re still keen to greet passers-by at the roadside in exchange for head scratches.
Sometimes you visit a place with the goal to see or do a specific thing but, for whatever reason, this never happens. For example, you visit Iceland with the hope of seeing the Northern Lights but bad weather or low solar activity scuppers your plans. Or, you head off on a whale watching excursions but the beautiful beasts never show themselves. Whilst the holiday is still likely to be an enjoyable one, a follow-up trip could be necessary to give you another chance to enjoy this experience.
This is no bad thing, though. As we’ve discovered, multiple visits help you to see many different facets of Iceland, as well as giving you the chance to immerse yourself in the interesting culture, try more unique foods and meet more of the fantastically friendly people.
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