One day I hope to travel outside of the United States. I really want to visit so many different places. Experience different cultures. And just explore. Places on my bucket list are Sweden, Italy, Rome, Greece, Israel, and loads more. Iceland is a top one for me. It’s a spot that has always perplexed me since learning in school that Iceland has more green than Greenland, and Greenland has more ice than Iceland. I mean seriously! It’s called Iceland! You expect a ton of ice.
Iceland is a world all its very own. With a rich and historic culture, you won’t go wrong finding your way there to explore. Did you know that Iceland is home to the oldest Parliament in the world? Their Parliament was established in 930 AD. Another cool fact is that 99% of their electricity is produced by renewable resources. The 330,000 human inhabitants of Iceland get to share space with a whooping 4,000,000 puffins! I feel like an Oprah moment is happening over there- “You get a puffin! And you get a puffin! And you! And you!”. Then there are 460,000 sheep and 80,000 horses! I’m thinking I would have a whole lot of pictures of animals on my camera after a trip to Iceland.
Iceland is also home to some pretty cool spots to visit. Did you know that the word “geyser” comes from the Icelandic language? The Vatnajokull Glacier covers 8% of the country. If you are feeling a bit chilled, then jump into one of the 170 geothermal pools located there. I’m thinking nice natural hot tub and a book sounds pretty delightful. Aren’t you? Take a hike out to the Dettifoss Waterfall while you are visiting Iceland. Then you can brag to everyone that you got to witness the most powerful waterfall in all of Europe. Want another bragging point? Really like birds? And don’t think Alfred Hitchcock birds either! Grab your camera, and make a stop at Latrabjarg. There you can find the Europe’s largest bird cliff.
Now if you are planning your own Iceland exploration, you will want to pack a bit of warm clothing. The average high in summer is 48-52 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter is more like 30-35 degrees Fahrenheit. Yep. A bit chilly. But seeing the Northern Lights in their full majestic glory is so worth the chill. Jacket, boots, and gloves are you friend. And a great camera.
Whether you are wanting to explore the natural wonders of Iceland, or the structural wonders of Iceland, you won’t be disappointed. The homes and buildings from bygone eras will leave you with ideas for your next home. I can’t help but imagine the many photos that would be taken of doors, walls, windows, and the little details that were put into homes. The beauty of Iceland can be found in so many nooks and crannies that you could spend hours exploring and end up lost in a world full of history that is rich and deep. One of these days you might see my Instagram feed full of scenery and structures from a place far far away!
Who’s ready to join me on an trip to Iceland?